Lip Comarella and Simon Gressier met by accident in Vienna.
Coincidentally they both lived on different sides of the same mountain, Lip on the Italian side, Simon on the Austrian one. They quickly bonded and decided to start a motion design studio together, Salon Alpin. Their first project was Much Better Now, a 6 minutes short stop motion CG hybrid.
The duo shared offices with Broken Rules which not only made them discover their drawing skills in VR, but also lead to a collaboration for Old Man’s Journey app. The game ended up being one of 2017’s best, winning a series of awards including Apple Design Award.
Another remarkable project Salon Alpin worked on was Greenpeace’s Rang-Tan short film. In a touching story beautifully narrated by Emma Thompson we get to see a little orangutan’s perspective about palm oil exploitation. The movie was also meant to be the Christmas advert of Iceland supermarket, yet it was the first such ad to be banned from being broadcasted in the Holidays Season out of fear of its being too political. Despite the ban, the ad was incredibly popular online rightfully distinguishing itself as one of the best Christmas ads of 2018.
We’re happy that Simon Gressier will be present at The Art Department in Eindhoven!