Lydia and Renato met in 2004 and are a young couple of designers and craftmen. Both are passionate about furniture design and architecture, leading them to launch Studio LeR in 2015. Life, unfortunately, had other plans. In 2018, after Renato’s passing, Lydia took over the company, with help from Jessica, Renato’s sister. Together they revive Studio LeR and its projects.
Lydia Belghitar was born in 1986. She is a certified interior designer technician, and holds a master’s degree in design from the Angers Higher School of Art & Design. She has worked alongside such designers as Mathieu Lehanneur, Pierre Faveresse, and Jean-Paul Marzais. As a freelance designer, she developed for Marzais Creations a series of light fittings, among which the Kingston spotlight has obtained a VIA Label during the Maison & Objet trade show. She then worked in France for industry leader IKEA, where she designed interior layouts for the Tours and Bayonne stores. She also took part in designing the layout of a brand new store in Clermont-Ferrand.
Renato Richard was born in 1981, and was originally certified as a pharmaceutical industry technician. He has worked 10 years as a task officer in pharmaceutical logistics and production. Ready to launch his own business, and willing to come back to his first trade, stone cutting, he enrolled at the Volvic School of Architecture, and learnt to work on enamelled lava. Once certified, he decided to stay in volcano rich Auvergne and launch Studio LeR.