Laurent Martin

After Central Saint Martins I returned to Paris to be a painter. In the last five years I've achieved many shows and even collaborated with an important Russian sculptor, Sergei Essaian.

I then decided to concentrate on furniture for private clients that I started to design at that time. Now, I've achieved a cabinet making one year formation in a great French school to improve my skills and intend to start my own company soon.

Why did you decide to study at Central Saint Martins?

After 2 years in a product design school in Paris, I realised I needed to learn design in a more global and 'modern' way. A friend of mine and student of Central Saint Martins told me about the school, and that was for me an excellent opportunity to mix education and a new life experience.

What was the best bit about living and studying in London?

I have met many people from around the world. Leaving my home for a new one gave me the opportunity to compare the French culture to the English one and so to have a better understanding of the two countries.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

It's really important to have a perspective of the direction we want to give to our professional career and to think about it while studying.

And for students about to graduate?

Enjoy your last best days of your life!

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I want to develop a business in furniture design for private clients. For that, I've returned to a craft school in Paris to become a cabinet maker. Now I want to make modern-style furnitures with classical and traditional constructions and finishing touches.

How has Central Saint Martins helped in your chosen career path?

Going back to craft school was always in my mind since Central Saint Martins because of the very big impressions the ceramic and jewellery shows made on me.

This is a very important aspect of Central Saint Martins to mix many different origins, influences in the same place.