• 4 July 2020

Insidears: Interview with Romain Costa about the release of his new pin series “Merlin the Enchanter”

After introducing a pin collection on the theme of The Little Mermaid last year, Romain Costa is back this year with a new collaboration with Disneyland Paris – Merlin the Enchanter!

The three pins are a limited edition of 400 copies (€16.99 each). They will be released this Saturday, February 29th at The Disney Gallery (Disney Village).

 

Reservation via the Lineberty application on February 27th from 6pm.

We met Romain on this occasion to ask him some questions. Originally from Lille, in the North of France, @RomainCosta_ started studying architecture in Brussels where he discovered urban culture and electronic music. After returning to his hometown for a few years where he worked as an architect, he moved to Paris. He started to develop in parallel to his main activity, the universe of his Instagram and his blog (romaincosta.com): a mix between architecture, lifestyle and fashion. A good way for him to compose between the rigour of the architectural profession within the office he co-founded, Costa Bonnamour Architectures and his passions as well as other committed projects that are close to his heart such as the @_JamesDine_ project.

What is your link with Disney? With Disneyland Paris more precisely?

Since childhood, I’ve been very attached to Disney films (every Christmas, I had two VHSs as a gift). I learned to draw by drawing Disney characters and my first Barbie was the Barbie of the Little Mermaid character! By the way, The Little Mermaid is the memory that marked me the most when I came to Disneyland Paris for the first time at the age of 5: seeing the Little Mermaid and Prince Eric in the parade.

What are your favourite Disney films and characters?

I have four favourite movies that I could see and watch again: The Little Mermaid, Merlin the Enchanter, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. I think my favorite character among all these films is Archimedes!

Why did you choose the theme of Merlin the Enchanter?

I chose to work around Merlin’s father figure, who as a child represented the idealized image of what it must have been like to have a caring and loving father. I wanted to highlight the story of Merlin and Arthur, this young man who doesn’t believe in himself, who is frail, who feels he has no place in the world but who reveals himself in the end and achieves great things.

In a way in Merlin the Enchanter, I identify with the character of Arthur and that’s why I wanted to put forward the support of a caring adult who allowed him to reveal himself and live his life.

We find in this collection the tower of Merlin. We can imagine that it is the architectural side that is dear to your heart that you wanted to highlight?

In each of my collections, I absolutely wanted my passion and my profession to be found: architecture. Disney films nourished my childhood with the sets and the incredible architectural drawings that you can see in them. Merlin’s tower refers to the symbolism of ruin and fragility. One of my favourite scenes is the one where Merlin fills the holes in the roof with umbrellas, umbrellas found on the pine tree.

How did you work for this collaboration with Disneyland Paris on the pins in terms of inspiration and ideas?

For the films, it was obvious! For the theme as well, working around the paternal and benevolent figure. Then, as for the method, I worked the way I would do for an architectural project, looking for a logic and a system: develop each series with a character pin, an architectural pin and an object pin or faithful companion.

A quote/phrase from the Disney universe that you particularly like?

“It’s not because we don’t understand them that things are necessarily bad. “Arthur in Merlin the Enchanter.

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