Zim & Zou are a French artist duo that constructs colorful, exuberant paper sculptures with such immaculate craftsmanship, it’s difficult to believe that their work is created entirely by hand. Composed of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann, Zim & Zou met while studying graphic design and were united by their love of tangible media over design software.
Since they teamed up, they’ve collaborated on installations at esteemed institutions like the Centre Pompidou in Paris and have created displays for big-name retail clients like Hermes. Working with a palette of neon greens, flamingo pinks, and electric blues, they base their sculptures on real life references that draw from both the natural world and technology. Whatever the subject of the piece, it undergoes a transformation and becomes playful and toy-like when rendered in carefully-trimmed layers of bright paper.