Over the years, ECAL has considerably increased the number of its collaborations around the world with leading companies in the most diverse fields.

Brands & institutions

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Aesop
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Alessi
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Audemars Piquet
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Art Genève
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Baccarat
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BCV
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Résidences La Becque
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BMC
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BMW
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Bottega Veneta
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Camper
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Carhartt WIP
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Cassina
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Centre Culturel Suisse
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Centre Pompidou
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Chopard
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Cibone Tokyo
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Cinéma du réel, Paris
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Cinémathèque Suisse
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Dedon
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Designers' Saturday
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Design days Mexico
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Design Indaba
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Design Preis Schweiz
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EHL Lausanne
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Emilio Pucci
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Empowerment Foundation
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Espace Arlaud
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EPFL+ECAL Lab
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Felco
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Festival du Film Français d’Helvétie
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Festival del film Locarno
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Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie
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Fondation de l’Hermitage
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Fondation Michelangelo
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Formlabs
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Foscarini
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Galerie Kreo
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Galeries Lafayette
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Hennessy
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Hansgrohe Axor
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Hermes
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Hong Kong Design Institute
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Hotels CitizenM
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Hôtel des Trois Couronnes
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Hublot
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HYT Watches
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IKEA
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IMD
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KIKK Festival
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La Foncière
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Hôtel Lausanne Palace & Spa
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Institut Lumière, Paris
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Instituto Svizzero Roma
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Jean-Paul Gaultier
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LaCie
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La FEMIS
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La Manufacture
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La Prairie
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Lars Müller Publishers
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Laufen
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Lausanne Hockey Club
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Lausanne Jardins
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Lausanne-Sport
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Lausanne Tourisme
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L’Epée 1839
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Le Temps
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London Design Festival
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Maison & Objet Paris
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Marsotto
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Mauviel
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MIT
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Mode Suisse
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Mörel Books
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Mudac
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MUJI
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Musée de l’Elysée
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Musée Olympique
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Musée National Picasso – Paris
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Nestlé
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Nespresso
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Opéra de Lausanne
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Petit H
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OSR
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Palazzo Grassi
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Pierre Hardy
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Pro Helvetia
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Punkt
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QWSTION
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RBM by Flokk
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Realstone
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Rémy Martin
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Reuge
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RTS
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Ruinart
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Salanitro
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Samsung
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Scott
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SOMA
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SIGG
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Stadler Form
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Swatch
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Swiss International Air Lines
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Swissnex
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Swiza
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Tamedia
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Tectona
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Triest Verlag
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Théâtre de Vidy
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Vacheron Constantin
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Victoria & Albert Museum
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Visions du Réel
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Vitra
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Vitra Design Museum
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Wallpaper*
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The Woolmark Company
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Zenith
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Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF)
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Fisheye
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Numerik Games
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Mindmaze

Collaborations

Recent collaborations

COLLABORATION AVEC DEDON 2023

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

COLLABORATION AVEC DEDON 2023

with Alexis Tourron (Panter&Tourron), Stefano Panterotto (Panter&Tourron)

DEDON by Nature: Object 3 DEDON Studio partnered with ECAL for the second year to showcase "DEDON by Nature: Object 3." This exhibition features three collections of living accessories created by students from the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship. Under designers Panter&Tourron's guidance, students kick-started the project with a visit to DEDON's Philippine manufacturer, immersing themselves in DEDON's unique Fiber and weaving processes. The creations that were conceived, designed, and crafted over an eight-month period, demonstrate imaginative prowess that reflects both the talent of the students and the enduring fascination that nature holds for us all.

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.

Hermès WINDOW DISPLAY IN GENEVA

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

Hermès WINDOW DISPLAY IN GENEVA

by Nathanaël Baby, Luca Nichetto, Nicolas Le Moigne, Xavier Perrenoud

The Hermès Printing Company Inspired by the aesthetics of rotary printing presses, this project allows passers-by to immerse themselves in a graphic and artistic universe. Through the ten windows of the store, “L’Imprimerie Hermès” is a reinterpretation of the main stages of printing: everything starts with rolls of paper, which are then deployed in large strips, until they become posters. The paper, in all its forms, is printed along its length by repeating the story of a letter published in six different languages (French, English, Italian, German, Chinese and Japanese) by the magazine Le Monde d'Hermès. A layout specially created for this project incorporates large areas of color in order to frame and highlight the accessories from the different Hermès universes. They thus seem to come to life and become part of the story.

Hermès Window display in Zürich

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

Hermès Window display in Zürich

by Charitini Gkritzali, Xavier Perrenoud, Nicolas Le Moigne, Luca Nichetto

The Astonishing Moment of Life Inspired by the Surrealist movement and the desire to find magic and wonder in the familiar and everyday life, this project features shapes and emblematic Hermès accessories that interact to form two subtly choreographed installations. These two window displays, imagined by Greek designer Charitini Gkritzali, a student in the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, are an interpretation of Hermès' 2023 annual theme, “Astonishment”, offering a moment that oscillates between reality and dreams.

BLI × ECAL

PHOTOGRAPHY

BLI × ECAL

with Matthieu Gafsou

The collaboration between the ECAL and the BLI touches on contemporary issues that are of particular concern to students at the school: our relationship with minorities and the appropriate way of representing them. For a long time, a paternalistic anthropological attitude was tolerated and even encouraged in the world of photography. Attitudes have changed, and the young artists at the ECAL have developed a relationship of equals with the various communities they have encountered. Creating the images required a language that enabled the students to position themselves in relation to others and to establish protocols in line with their own values and those of the people on the other side of the lens. The images give us a complex, multifaceted panorama of our city's cultural diversity, and show us that encounters and mixes are possible and fruitful. Matthieu Gafsou, photographer and teacher.

Upcycling Design

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

Upcycling Design

with Nicolas Le Moigne, Bethan Laura Wood

For the second year, students from the MAS in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship were invited to create objects based on the container produced for La Prairie's flagship range. The glass packaging bears the signature cobalt blue that defines the Swiss brand's Luxe Skin Caviar collection, the result of a meeting with Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1980s. Noticing the vivid cobalt blue in the world-famous artist's paintings and sculptures, La Prairie enquired about the significance of this blue in her work. For Niki de Saint Phalle, this resplendent hue, her favourite colour, symbolised femininity, boldness, strength and serenity, describing it as "the colour of joy and luck". With the help of glassmakers based in Switzerland, these glass containers were cut, drilled or sandblasted to give the object a function, while retaining the brand's codes.

LA POSTE × ECAL

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

LA POSTE × ECAL

with La Poste, Vincent Jacquier, Angelo Benedetto

For the Swiss Post Office, students from ECAL's Bachelor Graphic Design and Bachelor Media & Interaction Design are creating a postage stamp based on artificial intelligence. Thanks to augmented reality, Metascape transports Swiss Post users into an imaginary and poetic universe on the way to a destination that remains elusive.

Ecal for Schätti

PRODUCT DESIGN

Ecal for Schätti

with Camille Blin

ECAL for Schätti is a inspiring collection created by ECAL’s Master students in Product Design, under the guidance of Camille Blin, head of the programme, Jörg Boner, designer and Thomas Schätti, co-owner of the company Schätti. In the lighting industry, Schätti is synonymous with high quality manufacture and proven know-how. The brand is driven by a modernist vision and a fresh perspective: “The lighting industry is in upheaval; LED technology is the center of attention. A significant research and development effort is devoted to this technology. Light is being redefined.” A premise that ECAL students followed to create portable, battery powered LED lamps. The result is a multifunctional collection featuring the potential of this technology. Collapsible or foldable, wall or desk lamp, portable and rechargeable, indoor or outdoor: the selection translates Schätti expertise and ECAL students' creative minds.

U.F.O.G.O. Wind Turbines

PRODUCT DESIGN

U.F.O.G.O. Wind Turbines

with Camille Blin, Anniina Koivu, Anthony Guex, Marvin Merkel, Arthur Seguin

In 2023, the significant role of renewable energies in tackling the environmental crisis is blatant. In this context, wind power has once again been presented as a promising avenue for regions seeking to transition to renewable energy. However, concerns about their visual intrusion on surrounding environments pose a significant obstacle to their deployment. From a design perspective, this aesthetical factor is not insurmountable. On the contrary, it highlights the need for greater consideration of how we shape these technologies and integrate them into the environment and our lives. This project, completed by 16 MA Product Design Students of ECAL, has set out to explore how wind turbines can fit into natural landscapes and cultures not only sensitively, but beautifully – if we focus on their design. To complete the project effectively, a case study location was required. Fogo Island (Newfoundland, Canada), described locally as "this rock in the battering Northern Sea," was chosen due to its natural beauty, abundant wind, and tight-knit community of approximately 2,500 inhabitants. The island's climate and geography make it ideal for wind turbines. Additionally, Fogo Island is home to Shorefast, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a sustainable, renewable economy for the island. In October 2022, the students and tutors of ECAL visited and immersed themselves in Fogo Island. The project resulted in eight speculative yet practical wind turbine designs, considerately informed by various perspectives. U.F.O.G.O. is a sustainability project  grounded in reality, but not limited by what already is. Collaboration Partners: Shorefast HEIG-VD/School of Management and Engineering Vaud (Marc Pellerin, Philippe Morey and Marco Viviani) Media Partner: Disegno Funding: Summer University Programme of the Board of Higher Education (DGES) State of Vaud HES-SO Recherche Transdisciplinaire en Durabilite (under the project title 'INTEGRATED WIND TURBINES’)

COLLABORATION WITH LA PRAIRIE 2021

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

COLLABORATION WITH LA PRAIRIE 2021

with Stefano Panterotto (Panter&Tourron), Alexis Tourron (Panter&Tourron)

The packaging of tomorrow La Prairie pursues its partnership with ECAL students to conceptualise the packaging of the tomorrow. Through this partnership with the renowned Swiss University in Art and Design, La Prairie nurtures creativity and promotes emerging talents shaping the future of smart design.

ECAL × JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: Under Your Smell

PHOTOGRAPHY

ECAL × JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: Under Your Smell

with Milo Keller, Florence Tétier, Nicolas Coulomb, Calypso Mahieu

The exhibition Under Your Smell offers a hypnotic and immersive experience in Jean Paul Gaultier's headquarters by imagining new definitions of beauty and body expression. Under the direction of Florence Tétier and Nicolas Coulomb, 3rd year Bachelor Photography students brought to life the brand's iconic perfumes through an immersive photographic experience. In the first season, with the complicity of Claude Emmanuelle Gajan Maull, the young photographers have fluidified the iconic bottles with their gendered silhouettes — Le Mâle, Le Classique, Le Beau and La Belle — in a fresh LGBTQIA+ perspective. With this upcoming season, the project evolves around the Scandal fragrance, with the creation of still lives in which the liquid, dry and organic contrasting textures evoke the essence of the perfume, its bottle design and its complexities. Through staging, the perfumes become the backdrop for stories of transgression and fantastical projections. In addition to monumental fabric prints, giant image-cushions welcome the public to lay down and celebrate gender fluidity and the ever changing definitions of beauty and self expression.

COLLABORATION WITH DEDON 2022 LIGHTING THE FUTUR

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

COLLABORATION WITH DEDON 2022 LIGHTING THE FUTUR

with Sabine Marcelis

Dedon by nature An initiative of DEDON Studio, Lighting the Future presents a striking array of nature-inspired light concepts by master stu- dents from the prestigious ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. This innovative digital exhibition opens in January 2023 exclusively on DEDON channels, including a dedicated microsite enhanced by AR tools. DEDON Studio initiated the ECAL collaboration with a challenge to students in the Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship Masters program: Explore our relation to nature through lighting design, drawing inspiration from DEDON’s groundbreaking fiber. Under the supervision of the acclaimed designer Sabine Marcelis and Nicolas Le Moigne, head of the program, students designed, developed and digitally elaborated their concepts over a nine- month period. The results—beautiful, beguiling, thoughtful and engaging—attest to the creative powers of an emerging genera- tion and the enduring attraction of nature to us all.

ON 2040 - MASTER PRODUCT DESIGN

PRODUCT DESIGN

ON 2040 - MASTER PRODUCT DESIGN

with Christophe Guberan, Camille Blin

Following a collaboration with the Swiss avant-garde brand On, ECAL is proud to present the interdisciplinary work carried out jointly by the 2nd year students of the Product Design, Photography and Type Design Masters.

ON 2040 - MASTER TYPE DESIGN

TYPE DESIGN

ON 2040 - MASTER TYPE DESIGN

with Larissa Kasper

Following a collaboration with the Swiss avant-garde brand On, ECAL is proud to present the interdisciplinary work carried out jointly by the 2nd year students of the Product Design, Photography and Type Design Masters.

ON 2040 - MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

ON 2040 - MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY

with Maxime Guyon

Following a collaboration with the Swiss avant-garde brand On, ECAL is proud to present the interdisciplinary work carried out jointly by the 2nd year students of the Product Design, Photography and Type Design Masters.

Collaboration with L’Epée 1839

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

Collaboration with L’Epée 1839

with Fiona Krüger

Regatta Very few sports, or indeed very few human activities, merit the term ‘graceful’ as much as does sculling. Long, streamlined craft cutting the water like a stiletto and leaving barely a ripple are among the most elegant forms of human displacement on earth. And that sense of grace conceals both the incredible power of the oarsman and the arrow-like precision of their craft. L’Epée 1839 harnesses and pays homage to the grace of sculling with La Regatta, a sleek vertical clock invoking the shape of the long thin scull, with both the power (8-day power reserve) and precision of the most elegant of watch sports. Our modern lives are often busy and, at times, even chaotic, La Regatta invokes a sense of peace and calm.

ECAL x BMC - Daily Mobility

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

ECAL x BMC - Daily Mobility

with Christian Spiess

In collaboration with renowned Swiss bicycle brand BMC, second year Bachelor Industrial Design students, under the guidance of Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Head of the programme, and Christian Spiess, Swiss designer and bicycle aficionado, present a collection of handy and colourful accessories for the modern daily bike commute.

Palais Augmenté 2022

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Palais Augmenté 2022

by Elodie Anglade, Maya Bellier, Soraya Camina, Marine Dang, Basil Dénéréaz, Nora Fatehi, Mélanie Fontaine, Sébastien Galera Larios, Evan Kelly, Jamy Herrmann, Bogdan Nastase, Michael Pica, Jorge Reis, Nathanaël Vianin, Julie Ryser

At the initiative of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux  –  Grand Palais and Fisheye , the second edition of the Palais Augmenté festival will be held from June 17 to 19, 2022 at the Grand Palais Ephémère in Paris. On this occasion, the Bachelor Media & Interaction Design of ECAL will be represented in several ways.

COLLABORATION WITH MEC-ART

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

COLLABORATION WITH MEC-ART

with Fiona Krüger

MECHANICAL MARVELS Craftsmanship in Movement: Celebrating Design and the Heritage of Switzerland’s Masters of Mechanical Art

Collaboration with CSEM

DESIGN FOR LUXURY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

Collaboration with CSEM

with Alexis Tourron (Panter&Tourron), Stefano Panterotto (Panter&Tourron)

Through a unique project, students from ECAL and CSEM’s engineers have effortlessly combined modern arts & crafts and nanotechnology to create a series of innovative jewelry pieces, "Structural Colors".

Alter Ego

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Alter Ego

with Gaël Hugo, Pauline Saglio

Realized in collaboration with Musée de la Main UNIL-CHUV, Lausanne for the exhibition « Intelligence Artificielle. Nos reflets dans la machine ». By revisiting the shape of the mirror, “Alter Ego” questions the notion of digital reflection. It highlights, in a playful way, image analysis by artificial intelligence. Project lead: Pauline Saglio, Gaël Hugo Development and finalization of projects: Sébastien Matos, Paul Lëon

Maison Rousseau mandate

FILM STUDIES

Maison Rousseau mandate

Production and shooting of films for the mandate of the Maison Rousseau & Littérature, Geneva. The students of the Master Cinéma were supervised by the director Lionel Rupp.

Mandate for the Maison Rousseau et Littérature, Genève

FILM STUDIES

Mandate for the Maison Rousseau et Littérature, Genève

The Maison Rousseau et Littérature (MLR) in Geneva commissioned the ECAL/HEAD Master in Cinema to produce the audiovisual works for the museum, which reopened its doors in the old town of Geneva  after a period of restructuring in Spring 2021.

Video direction

FILM STUDIES

Video direction

by Matthias Joulaud, Michail Galanopoulos, Antoine Flahaut

Video of the concert "Shawati" by Bedouin Burger, the Ensemble Dīwan and the students of HEM.