French designer Julien Renault grew up near Paris before studying industrial design in ESAD Design & Art School in Reims, France, and ECAL in Switzerland. These two different educations have helped to form his approach to his work – a combination of objective and rational methods with artistic and personal freedom. Now working from his studio in Brussels, Renault’s ability to find inspiration everywhere means he is not afraid to beautify the ordinary. Convinced that all objects have a subconscious effect on our daily lives, he manifests the interconnection between objects and their surroundings in his designs, which he creates for a number of international brands. For HAY, Julien has produced the Pastis Table and Chair series.