HOUSEwarming: Greenhouse Welcomes Claire Benoist
GREENHOUSE IS THRILLED TO WELCOME CLAIRE BENOIST TO OUR ROSTER! Claire grew up in Strasbourg in the Alsace region of France, home of sauerkraut, Munster cheese and Riesling wine. (“Riesling is still my favorite,” she admits.) Her parents—well-respected molecular biologists/immunologists—imbued their love of design and travel on Claire, who spent time globetrotting to China, Japan, New Zealand, Tonga, Russia and most of Europe before moving to Boston at 16. She came to New York in 2005.
Claire’s diverse upbringing has lent a complexity to her work, which is carefully lit, clean and sharp. “I think still life is the perfect balance of the two worlds I was brought up in, design and science,” she says, “it involves plenty of experimentation and an almost scientific precision in some instances, while being artistic in its composition.”
With a truly deft hand, Claire focuses on form, showcasing texture, color, or the features that make an object special. “I like to make mundane, ordinary objects come to life,” she says.
Claire’s clients include TBWA/Chiat/Day, Ammirati, Goodness MFG, Story Worldwide, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Entertainment Weekly, Shape, Self, Maxim, ESPN The Magazine, Business Week, Fitness, Health, Hemispheres/United Airlines, and Ink Publishing.