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USM Design Grant - 6th Edition

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

USM Design Grant - 6th Edition

with Christian Spiess, Fondation USM, Théâtre de Vidy

The USM Design Grant is a study grant launched by the Fondation USM to encourage innovation by rewarding a student’s project. For the 6th edition of the USM Design Grant awarded by the USM Foundation, ECAL Bachelor Industrial Design students, under the guidance of Swiss designer Christian Spiess, were asked to design new outdoor seating for the terrace of the Théâtre de Vidy in Lausanne.

Shan Yu Kuan – BASUANN

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

Shan Yu Kuan – BASUANN

by Shan Yu Kuan

BASUANN draws inspiration from the image of traditional Asian rattan/bamboo chairs. Its name echoes the pronunciation of the Taiwanese meaning “tie with cords”. Comprised of seven pieces of spiral ducts, BASUANN is assembled using mortise and tenon joints to connect the sitting part with the legs part. It is further reinforced by cords that securely bind the stool together. BASUANN seamlessly blends contemporary furniture design with the evocative imagery of Asian traditional craftsmanship, showcasing the aesthetic of minimalistic design.

Marine Col – ROPY

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

Marine Col – ROPY

by Marine Col

Ropy is a seriously playful stool that plays with the past. Designed in a single, light stroke, this object draws its charm from the reuse of materials. Old naval ropes from the port of Lausanne, their colours tarnished by time, serve as raw material and become precious material once the object has been made.

Anaïs Sulmoni – IVORIA

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

Anaïs Sulmoni – IVORIA

by Anaïs Sulmoni

Once prized and valued by craftspeople, bone is now perceived as dirty and worthless. Yet, it is still widely used by cosmetics and food industries. It has appealed to me for many years because of its similarity to ivory and because of its living aspect, even though it represents death. Drawing on the abundance of this organic waste, I set out to recreate the prestige of ivory. I discovered the potential of bone as glue and powder, applied to different supports: solid wood, wood shavings and fabrics. The research book and models highlight bone, which presents new aesthetic and structural possibilities and acts as the first step towards reconciliation with this precious material.

Sam Lombardo – The Table of the Future

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Sam Lombardo – The Table of the Future

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

The Silverground modules are designed to provide an opportunity for senior citizens to exercise their agility and balance in public spaces. These innovative modules are designed to be built into the ground along a walkway. Available to everyone, they are a great way to practice a fun, intergenerational activity. Balance is an essential skill for seniors. It is exercised through physical activity but is often neglected as we age. Professionally supervised physical activities are often costly for the elderly. These urban modules offer a solution accessible to all and help prevent falls – the main cause of accidents among the elderly. Usually, we find that the room in which we cook is separate from the dining room and therefore, when we prepare a meal, we are away from the rest of the family or from our guests. Beneath its ceramic top, this dining table hides an induction system. This means it can be used to prepare table dishes without additional equipment, or simply as a hob. Indeed, who wouldn’t want to cook while looking after the children, work while preparing tea or coffee, cook a dish surrounded by friends, keep dishes warm or be able to cook raclette directly on the table?

Marco Renna – LEFT(L)OVER

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Marco Renna – LEFT(L)OVER

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

In precast concrete plants, surplus concrete is prepared to avoid shortages during casting operations. However, this surplus, which represents around one to four tonnes per day, is generally discarded. The plant then produces large blocks, which are transported to a landfill site where they become gravel. LEFT(L)OVER aims is to reuse this surplus to create street furniture. Moulds are supplied to the companies to replace their blocks. This collaboration establishes a mutually beneficial exchange. The moulds fit in perfectly with the factory’s habits and logistics. They consist of two detachable parts with the space required for efficient unloading of the concrete and optimisation of the process.

Léo Crespin – FOLD

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Léo Crespin – FOLD

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

Fold is a wooden convertible sofa that extends using a flexible hinge made out of fabric. In this way, Fold reduces the amount of hardware required, while still making it functional: simply pull the front part to unfold the cushions, then push it back to return it to its original position.

Alexandra Sensi – Self-Reflection

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Alexandra Sensi – Self-Reflection

by Alexandra Sensi

Self-Reflection is a social experiment that takes an ironic look at the impact of image within our society. It highlights the importance of self-perception in social norms. The installation overlays the user’s reflection onto a digital game through a one-way mirror. This immerses each individual in both the game and a confrontation with their own reflection. Throughout our progress, we encounter situations that reveal how our self-perception influences our behaviour and plays a role in our social constructions. This project is driven by personal reasons and a background in psychology and social sciences, furthering an interest in human mechanisms, psychological analysis and the desire to help.

Cristina Rodríguez Solé – Arrassall

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

Cristina Rodríguez Solé – Arrassall

by Cristina Rodríguez Solé

Drought and high temperatures in Catalonia cause many fires during the summer. The authorities are responsible for the forestry work in the country’s woods to prevent them. Pine wood, which makes up most of these forests, is considered of lower value because it is harvested as part of forest management. However, its characteristics are similar to those of other woods in the area. To enhance the value of this material and to give highlight the issue, the project aims to use this wood for the manufacture of limited-edition furniture. As an example, a stool and a bench have been created. Their shape is dictated by the size of the slats obtained from the tree, minimising processes and making the most of the material. Furthermore, to reduce the carbon footprint, all the furniture is made locally.

Paul Carluy – Waspy Stoner Couch

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Paul Carluy – Waspy Stoner Couch

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Maddalena Casadei

“I want the most comfortable stoner couch.” Eli asked me to create a stoner couch for his brand ERL. I chose to break down this bulky and all too often opaque object. Layers of covering are added on a tubular steel structure. The sofa is thus superimposed with different textiles, materials and volumes as if it were clothing. In the summer, a single thin layer is sufficient, while in the winter, you put on your puffy jacket. With each new layer, there is a new object. You can go from a Butterfly lounger to an upholstered armchair that you can sink into. The choice of covering can be both functional and stylistic.

Léon Félix – Versatile – Système 01

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Léon Félix – Versatile – Système 01

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Maddalena Casadei

By seeking to respond to the same constraints as my father, a custom furniture manufacturer, I have defined a system and a standardised production logic. Versatile is a modular furniture system that can be adapted for various domestic uses. The project addresses the evolution of the family business and the question of its transmission. It concludes four years of study in industrial design by mixing craft and design, heritage and learning.

Gabriel Hafner – La vie est une pause

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Gabriel Hafner – La vie est une pause

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Maddalena Casadei

Both for the person who dares to take a quick nap and for the envious colleague who would also like a little shuteye, dozing off at the office is often seen in a negative light. The need to hide from the gaze of others to take a nap was the starting point of this project which concludes my years of study at ECAL. This project features a deckchair equipped with textile sails that allows the user to withdraw for a nap. Intended for semi-public spaces such as schools, open spaces and libraries, this second space offers the user a feeling of intimacy, without isolating the person completely from his or her surroundings.

Frederik Buchmann – Mush.Room

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Frederik Buchmann – Mush.Room

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Maddalena Casadei

In a society that is constantly producing and consuming and where planned obsolescence is built into any products, we have to question the way we use things. Furniture from current Olympic Games is often discarded or sold after two weeks of use. Mush.Room offers a durable and economical furniture solution for short-lived events. Consisting of five essential pieces, this family of objects meets the basic needs of a room for a short stay. The material, mycelium composite, is a mixture of hemp fibre and fungus. The whole is heat pressed and the ladder acts as a binder. As a result, these units do not contain formaldehyde adhesives that are harmful to health and nature. The components are locally sourced and will be able to continue their life cycle after composting without leaving a trace on the planet.

Constance Thiessoz – MBK

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Constance Thiessoz – MBK

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Maddalena Casadei

MBK is a mobile bookshop that moves around to promote and sell books easily. This bookshop can be used for a temporary indoor or outdoor event such as a book fair, an exhibition or a design week. Its compact structure, on wheels, makes it easy to transport and move. MBK is composed of a display for books that unfolds on one side and on the other side a seat that also unfolds to browse the books. In the centre of the structure, drawers are placed to store them. An umbrella can be integrated in the centre of the bookshop to provide shelter from the sun.

Agnes Murmann – NOE – Silent Table

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Agnes Murmann – NOE – Silent Table

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Maddalena Casadei

The acoustics in a room have a large impact on our well-being. Restaurants often have to take measures to improve the acoustics. Noe is a table for restaurants that takes on this task. It absorbs sound through its structure. It is constructed similar to a boat to create a cavity in the table top. The Helmholtz effect comes into play during absorption – sound penetrates through the openings, resonates in the cavity and is converted into heat. This means that no porous materials need to be added and the table remains hygienic. The table is made entirely of wood, with a plywood table top and fine lamellas on the underside of the table. This design keeps the table light physically but also visually, so it fits well in different restaurants.

Stéphane Mischler – Zénith

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Stéphane Mischler – Zénith

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Maddalena Casadei

We have all been on a date at a café on a terrace and realised that the table at which we are sitting is wobbly or leaning. Sometimes the problem is easily solved by moving the table, but sometimes you have to be patient, at the risk of ruining your date. In order to solve this problem, I created Zenith, a coffee table whose foot can be oriented according to the slope thanks to a ball joint so that the tabletop remains perfectly horizontal. This problem is solved with a click, allowing the user to enjoy the present moment.

Yann Cistac – Desalinated Water Shower

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Yann Cistac – Desalinated Water Shower

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Maddalena Casadei

This public shower, located on the beach, uses desalinated water, which is pumped directly from the sea. The desalination system, powered by solar energy, produces 60L of clear water per hour. The base houses a metal casing that protects all the components. Once desalinated, the water is stored in a 1000L tank. A press on the tap triggers a 10-second flow. The aim of this project is to popularise the principle of desalination by introducing it into our daily lives. The exhibition of the elements helps showcase the system to the public.

Anaïs Rochat – Brise

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Anaïs Rochat – Brise

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Maddalena Casadei

Brise is a lounge chair made of wood and mesh allowing for better air circulation. Nowadays, heat waves are becoming more and more frequent. The first ones to suffer are the elderly as it is harder for them to regulate their body heat. Since they spend most of their days resting, I decided to rework their chair with a focus on cooling. By replacing the foam and the traditional layers with perforated fabric, the seat reduces the contact of the material with the skin. This way, air can circulate and guarantee better cooling.

Noémie Soriano – Matalàs

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Noémie Soriano – Matalàs

with Maddalena Casadei, Stephane Halmai-Voisard

Every year more than 30 million mattresses are thrown away in Europe. Despite the establishment of dismantling centres, only half of these mattresses are recycled. Those whose materials cannot be separated end up incinerated. This is due to the excessive use of glue and the mixing of different materials. Matalàs offers an alternative to this problem by taking into account its recycling from the design stage. Designed in three parts, it facilitates the extraction of wool and springs, thus becoming part of a circular economy.

Iris Moine – Twist

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Iris Moine – Twist

with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Laura Nieder, Pauline Saglio

Twist was thought out as part of the upcoming industrial design exhibition at mudac - Musée cantonal de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains. The aim of this project is to engage children’s curiosity about design, for whom the idea of visiting a museum is often not the most exciting. How can we encourage a stimulating visit and discovery of the exhibits? By bringing out an object from the exhibition, the Bold chair by Big-Game studio, this project transforms it into an interactive installation. Guided by a character on screen, children are invited to interact with certain parts of the chair: sitting, pinching, turning, etc. These interactions trigger games, and information is presented in a playful way, thus creating a direct and memorable relationship with the object and raising awareness of design.

DNA

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

DNA

with Wieki Somers

Second year BA Industrial Design students had to formulate their own brief instead of getting one from their teachers. In the project's introduction, they were assigned the task of introspectively mapping their own design DNA by contemplating the question: What defines my essence as a designer? They introduced a clear brief related to their own fascinations and relevant topics in the field of design and in the time we live in. Then thes students developed a concept for a product from an original idea and artistic vision. The results are expressed in the form of  products, pieces of furnitures, accessories, proposing a new vision and a new way of producing. The areas of interest are diverse, spacing from open-source projects to process fascination.

Junkyard Diving

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Junkyard Diving

with Philippe Malouin

"Form follows function" is an expression attributed to the modernist architect Louis Sullivan. It is a statement that is quite relevant to industrial design. On the other hand, form can sometimes also determine function in a process of reverse exploration. During the workshop with Philippe Malouin, students were encouraged to look for new functions inspired by forms found in a metal recycling center. In this process, random discoveries and associations were made to generate a new and surprising vocabulary of forms.

Juri Römmel – CaddE

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Juri Römmel – CaddE

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Julie Richoz, Maddalena Casadei

Nowadays, many people work on electronic devices and this work can be done anywhere, since less physical material is required. Targeting those who work frequently from home and/or small spaces, CaddE becomes a functional bridge between work and daily life. CaddE is a portable and handy storage system with cable management made out of sheet metal. The built-in modular power strip allows users to choose the type of socket to be installed according to their appliances. The tray around the power strip helps to store the cables when not in use. Thanks to the automatic cable reel, the main power cable is quickly stowed away and always available at the right length. This project was developed in close cooperation with Lista Office AG.

Camille Donias – Chaise de cérémonie

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Camille Donias – Chaise de cérémonie

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Maddalena Casadei, Julie Richoz

A ceremonial chair, an assembly configuration in front of a lectern. In this range of inexpensive furniture, the chair, often covered with a Lycra cover, offers diversity to adapt to different events. This dialogue between structure and cover, between skeleton and skin appears essential. A stainless steel structure, at least, is required since it will be covered. Lightweight, the chairs are easily stacked and can be hooked together to form a multiple. A cover forms the seat and backrest. The movable armrests give the chair several shapes and uses. This movement contributes to the change of perception of the chair. Rethinking furniture that is sometimes despised, where the banal and ordinary become a defect.

Victorine Lefebvre – InSitu

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Victorine Lefebvre – InSitu

with Maddalena Casadei, Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Julie Richoz

Psychologists are sometimes called to work outside their offices: on site in case of traumatic events or in multipurpose offices, i.e. in places that are temporarily transformed into listening spaces. From their professional settings where everything has been carefully thought out, they find themselves in places imposed by circumstances. Having faced this situation myself, I noticed that makeshift environments can be uncomfortable and cann hinder open dialogue. InSitu is a device composed of a screen and a lamp, aimed at creating the appropriate atmosphere for a serene dialogue, which allows great modularity to better address issues of intimacy and security. The development of the project was the result of a dialogue between the reception of patients and the convenience of professionals.

Margaux Mandrou – Drape

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Margaux Mandrou – Drape

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Julie Richoz, Maddalena Casadei

The writing of my dissertation, devised as a creative anthropology of the curtain, drove me to make one myself. As an architectural object, the curtain has different ceiling heights, depending on the space in which it is located.  With the support of Elitis, I developed several solutions to tighten, raise, crease or relax the curtain – in short, to adjust it without ever having to cut it. The excess length affects its shape and volume. The system offers a new flexibility of adjustment and suspension.

Théo Blanchard – Roille

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Théo Blanchard – Roille

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Julie Richoz, Maddalena Casadei

The Roille chair is a response to the City of Lausanne’s desire to harmonise the design of restaurant terraces. The City plans to eliminate all plastic outdoor furniture and installations by 2022. Wooden and metal furniture will be preferred. The tubular structure and rolled aluminium sheeting make the chair very light. Its folding seat allows restaurant owners to keep the furniture on the terraces and/or to store them without water stagnation, making it easier for the waiters to set it up.

ECAL x MUJI: Compact Life

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

ECAL x MUJI: Compact Life

with Michel Charlot

A collection of clever furniture and household accessories to help organise everyday life. Following the method of carefully observing our daily routines to identify unique needs and then creating intuitive and practical products, the Bachelor of Industrial Design students imagined a collection of clever furniture and household accessories to help organise our daily lives, under the guidance of designer Michel Charlot. As an important part of the development of MUJI products is based on detailed photographic studies in people's homes, the students were invited to follow the same process by documenting the spontaneous state of their own homes and other people's environments in order to reveal how they interact with the products, and to identify how the objects are used as direct inspiration for their design.

Real Facts

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Real Facts

with Adrien Rovero

A collection of neophyte views on current agriculture through the prism of design. Invited by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design de Bordeaux (madd-bordeaux), second-year Bachelor of Industrial Design students at ECAL, under the guidance of designers Erwan Bouroullec and Adrien Rovero, have given form to their observations and questions about the current agricultural landscape. "Real Facts" is a collection of neophyte points of view on current agriculture, through the prism of design. This project was created at the initiative of Constance Rubini, director of the madd-bordeaux, on the occasion of the exhibition "Paysans designers, un art du vivant" at the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design de Bordeaux (madd-bordeaux) presented from 14 July 2021 to 17 January 2022. With the precious support of the Association vaudoise de promotion des métiers de la terre Prométerre, and in the framework of the Summer University programme of the Direction générale de l'enseignement supérieur (DGES) - Canton de Vaud.

ECAL x MEHARI EDEN - Hyères Design Parade

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

ECAL x MEHARI EDEN - Hyères Design Parade

with Elric Petit

A series of accessories that will make up the electric Mehari of tomorrow. The 2CV Mehari Club Cassis has developed an electric version of the iconic Citroën car released in 1968: the EDEN. From the outset, this car was intended for summer sports and leisure activities. Today, our renewed interest in outdoor activities combined with electric technology makes this vehicle all the more attractive. With this in mind, the 2nd year Bachelor of Industrial Design students, under the direction of designer Elric Petit, are proposing a series of accessories that will make up the electric Mehari of tomorrow. This project was realized in partnership with the 2CV Mehari Club Cassis, at the initiative of Massilia.design and Nathalie Dewez, with the precious support of Bananatex® and the Hyères Design Parade Festival.

Living Room

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Living Room

with Alain Bellet

Living Room is a collection of three “add-on” augmented objects that bring your home to life. It is based on digital interactions and surrounds you with movement. Living Room reconnects you with your physical world and gives a sense of presence to your digital life with a simple and sensitive approach.

HERE AND THERE

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

HERE AND THERE

with Marcelo Coelho, Gaël Hugo, Pauline Saglio

A new educational model for a post-pandemic world

Home Working

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Home Working

with Dylan van den Berg, Wieki Somers

Projects on the subject of working from home or remote working, which marks our time and leads us to question both what work is, and how and where we work. The recent remote working experience gave us many new insights. This experience could lead to new ways of working in the future, as the COVID19 pandemic amplifies and accelerates. This is a good opportunity to re-evaluate the concept of home office, which started with the emerging computization and technology from the 1950/60s, but has never happened on a global scale like this until now. From the Industrial Revolution until fairly recently, most people worked outside their homes in factories, offices, public buildings or outdoors. Those places and our ways of working in them were designed accordingly. “Home working” or “remote working” marks our time questioning both what is work, and how and where we work. Public and private spaces collapse into one realm with all its social, economical and political consequences. For this project, we wanted to see visionary ideas about where and how we will work in the future and solutions for home working, translated in a surprising/relevant design. This new “home work station” could be a piece of furniture, or an object, or a transforming space.

Toc Toc Toc!

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Toc Toc Toc!

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard

For this project, the 1st year students were asked to design a handle or door knob. They had to focus mainly on the part on which the hand rests when closing, opening, pulling or pushing a door. They were free to choose the type of handle, as long as it was compatible with an existing mechanism. The context of the object as well as its use and ergonomics were aspects that were at the heart of their project.

Cut Crease Score

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Cut Crease Score

with Christophe Guberan

Objects created from cutting, grooving and folding, made by the students of the 1st year of the Bachelor of Industrial and Product Design.

Nicolas El Kadiri – Jim

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Nicolas El Kadiri – Jim

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

With the rise of street workout, appropriating urban infrastructure to do body toning exercises is becoming increasingly common. “Jim” is a street furniture project that seeks to incorporate training equipment within the urban landscape in a more fluid manner than outdoor gymnastic and callisthenic parks and whose use remains open to all. The very rationalised shape is designed to enable a certain number of poly-articular movements thanks to the steel tube grips on each side and two platform levels made of ash wood, while providing multiple seating positions.

Clémence Buytaert – Midi

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Clémence Buytaert – Midi

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

Following up on my thesis “Eating without a Table”, which focuses on workers who have lunch in the public space, I designed a piece of urban furniture for eating alone or in pairs. “Midi” is a cast iron and wood structure that allows for different positions of use, its arched shape providing several composition possibilities to the city that will implement it.

Bruno Adrien Aguirre – The Guardian

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Bruno Adrien Aguirre – The Guardian

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

Nowadays, the majority of museums use traditional chairs for their supervisors. “The Guardian” is a chair resulting from observations and reflections on this job that I performed alongside my studies at ECAL. The aim was to meet a series of criteria that include the requirements of the job, the user (the supervisor) and the museum context. “The Guardian” is a chair designed with proportions adjusted to its use and environment.

Alix Doussot – Beach Access System

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Alix Doussot – Beach Access System

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

In 2015, a French law required public places to be made accessible to everyone. Considered sensitive due to its nature, the sea shore was not subjected to the same measures as in cities. This system provides access to sand and water for everyone, including people with reduced mobility, throughout the year, while establishing permanent boundaries between transit areas and areas to preserve. The whole system is made up of three types of wooden floor and steel elements that facilitate movement and that can withstand the harsh coastal weather conditions.

Swann Fardel – Focus

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Swann Fardel – Focus

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

In the last few years, working from home has become increasingly popular, bringing with it its share of drawbacks and distractions. Working from home means mixing one’s living and working spaces, which can turn out to be a real challenge. With its textile space divider, “Focus” is a desk that truly enhances the comfort of its user. Thanks to its wheels, the panel can be easily adjusted and adapted to any situation. During a videoconference for example, users can slide the board behind them in order to blur the background, thus preserving their privacy.

Rodolphe Pupille – Tilt

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Rodolphe Pupille – Tilt

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

“Tilt” is a shoe rack made of birch plywood. The two-way mirror front enables users to see themselves while providing a showcase for the shoes on display. The opening direction of the drawer is adjustable, meaning the “Tilt” shoe rack can be placed in a corner or in the middle of a wall. The inside of the drawer is lined with linoleum as a reference to collectable furniture. The neutral background enhances the details of each shoe while protecting the wood. Finally, a gradation in the opacity of the mirror highlights the worn pair, as a reinterpretation of angled shoe mirrors in shoe shops.

Diane Thouvenin – Sun Connection

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Diane Thouvenin – Sun Connection

with Alain Bellet, Christophe Guignard, Gaël Hugo, Laura Nieder, Pauline Saglio

What time is it at Hortense’s in Montreal? What’s the weather like at Alexandre’s in Tokyo? When I communicate with my loved ones, scattered all over the world, I am disconnected from my physical time-space. Sources of constant artificial light and windows on the digital world, screens replace the sun as a space-time reference point. Sun Connection enables you to reconnect with your loved ones through a delocalised sun. Everyone is free to use their own physical and digital space with a luminous and colourful presence, to transpose themselves into another time and space.

Emilie Stoll – Optimist

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Emilie Stoll – Optimist

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

At the crossroads of poetry and technique, the parasol is an object whose intended use could still be improved since most of the time, its mechanism closes on the user. “Optimist” offers a new typology of parasol with an inverted opening of the shade fabric. Each part of its mechanism is designed to be as simple and effective as possible, both functionally and aesthetically. Fiberglass profiles and ropes have replaced the rigid and brittle profiles of existing models, enabling the parasol to be flexible in the wind and hence, more durable.

Charlotte Krzentowski – Emineo

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Charlotte Krzentowski – Emineo

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

Mention Très bien In most households the dining table is at the heart of the action. It is seen as a lively place, where people eat, work, play and cook but most of all, where people gather together. “Emineo” is a height-adjustable dining table that can be adjusted with the help of a piston for various possible uses.

Theo Luvisotto – Flip-Flap

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Theo Luvisotto – Flip-Flap

by Theo Luvisotto

It is essential to have the opportunity to elevate oneself during childhood, to be able to educate oneself through the discovery of life but also to physically gain height to participate in the activities of grown-ups. “Flip-Flap” is a children’s chair with a backrest that can be flipped down to form a stepladder. It enables children to focus on a personal activity but also to gain autonomy, discover new places and rise up to adult height to take part in everyday tasks such as preparing a meal or developing a project at the table.

Estelle Rougerie – Clip

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Estelle Rougerie – Clip

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

This project addresses the temporality of furniture. When does one need a table, for how long, and for what use? “Clip” is an auxiliary table made from wood, intended for indoor and outdoor use and to meet daily needs.  It can easily be assembled, moved, disassembled and stored. The top is attached to the legs with a clip system. Thanks to the use of wood, the table fits comfortably in a variety of environments. For an aperitif, an improvised meal or a sociable moment, one clip and Bob’s your uncle!

Jérémy Aberlé – NATT

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Jérémy Aberlé – NATT

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

As some great architects of modernism used to say, the issue for major cities is that man is completely disconnected from nature. This is why I decided for my graduation work, to create urban structures at the crossroads of design and architecture that aim to reconnect human beings with nature. These consist of tubular steel elements on which nets are strung for people to rest. These structures are intended to be set up around trees, in parks or schoolyards, where human activity interacts with green spaces.

Bérengère Bussioz – Sun

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Bérengère Bussioz – Sun

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

Initially used on boats during transatlantic crossings, the sun lounger, also known as a deckchair, has become in the last few years, an essential outdoor piece of furniture that embodies the good times spent outside during the summer. “Sun” consists of a stackable, powder-coated tubular frame. It combines simple lines with quality materials to meets the requirements of outdoor furniture. The generous proportions evoke comfort, while the symmetrical design allows for simple use and easy change of the fabric, thereby extending its life cycle.

François Lafortune – Clap

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

François Lafortune – Clap

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Maddalena Casadei

The “Clap” chair emerged from a reflection on the evolution of student working spaces. Work habits and office structures have massively changed. Classrooms have transformed into open spaces where desks and chairs belong to everyone. “Clap” is a chair with a storage system that enables you to keep your personal belongings safe for a short break thanks to a lock, while ensuring good ergonomics. It consists of an injection-moulded plastic structure and a seat made of moulded plywood. The project was developed based on the act of sitting like an act of appropriation.

Forme Souple

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Forme Souple

with Julie Richoz

A series of objects made in textile where the volume and the pattern are on the same level of importance. This project was conceived by 2nd year Industrial Design Bachelor students.

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