Everything is getting ready for one of the biggest design events in Europe: the September edition of Maison et Objet 2017. The trade show will pay tribute to the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI-Les Ateliers) that, since its foundation in 1982, trains future creative professionals, industrial and textile designers according to its own original and specific methods. Here’s everything you need to know about the 8 awarded rising talents.
Alexandre Echasseriau has quite an atypical educational background. After training in ornamental turning and other metalworking techniques, he turned to industrial design, graduating in 2013. Influenced by the trades and crafts of yesteryear, Alexandre Echasseriau creates streamlined objects that combine little-known or emerging materials, technologies and know-how.
Claire Lavabre graduated in 2012 and has already made quite a name for herself. She has already founded her own design studio in parallel to develop multiple design and interior design projects. Working between Paris and Perpignan, she is particularly fond of using mirrors, lights and frames to play with optical effects.
After graduating in 2010, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez worked with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for three years. He founded his own studio in 2011 to explore his take on hybridization in creations that combine avant-garde technology and craftsmanship. His trademark style has won over brands and design companies such as Moustache, the Manufacture de Sèvres, Kvadrat, CIRVA and Tai Ping.
Julien Phedyaeff & Christopher Santerre
Julien Phedyaeff has a passion for working with materials and a fondness for prototyping; Christopher Santerre is more interested in the periphery of industrial production. Both graduated in 2014 and their shared way of thinking about consumer habits and behavior led them both to rethink modern icons for their end of studies projects. Christopher imagined a fridge that conserves food without the need for electricity and Julien designed an evolutive and repairable washing machine with a modular design. They joined forces in 2015 to create L’Increvable SAS, a household appliance company that aims to empower consumers. The company designs, develops and commercializes sustainable and evolutive products, which are made to last and can be repaired if necessary.
Lysandre Graebling’s love affair with fabrics is all about bridging the gap between fashion and design. After training in fashion design, she specialized in textile design, exploring numerous techniques such as weaving, knitted fabrics, embroidery, and screenprinting. She graduated as a textile designer in 2013. She founded the textile design studio Tohu-Bohu in 2015 with Lucile Bonnaud. Every season, the duo creates a collection of patterns for the fashion, furnishing and packaging sectors, as well as helping brands to develop their own collection of exclusive patterns.
Starting with product-design studies, Luce Couillet then focused on textile creation, graduating in 2010. Luce works with a large range of fibers that she selects as much for their technical qualities as their aesthetic aspects. She has a real passion for innovation and low-tech R&D and has used artisanal weaving practices to build up an experimental materials’ library, which she makes available to different sectors: notably haute-couture and interior design, as well as to sports and medical professionals.
Raphaël Pluvinage & Marion Pinaffo
Independent designers Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage graduated in 2013 and 2015. Marion’s objects create moments of joy and enthusiasm: whatever their scale or the materials she chooses, her intuitive folklore-inspired creations manage to create a very special relationship with the public. Raphaël tackles current technology and its social, aesthetic and political implications. His projects present a quirky and critical view of our relationship with technology and how we use it. In 2015 Marion and Raphaël began working together on the Papier Machine project and The pair’s work has been widely exhibited.
Samy Rio studied cabinet making for four years, before devoting a further five years to studying industrial design. He graduated in October 2014 thanks to a research project on the industrialization of bamboo tubes. In July 2015, he won the Design Parade 10 Grand Prix at Villa Noailles with the same project.
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