The basis of this dissertation is a genuine fascination with motif. It evolves in the space, on the object, in the material. Motif is omnipresent and subtle, speaking with sensitivity and at various levels. It adds rhythm to the space, like a visual partition. Instead of thinking about motifs as additions or goals, I look at objects as motifs. My starting point was to investigate the way that a creator, artist or artisan uses a motif to create. Through interviews conducted with artisans and artists who design and interpret motifs, I study the transition of the motif from two to three dimensions. Each part of this dissertation will be augmented and enriched by questions asked to various people, taking the reader through diverse disciplines.