Léonie
Sammons

Projects

Léonie Sammons – Vue d’en haut

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Léonie Sammons – Vue d’en haut

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

For my graduation project, I have studied the future of ski resorts in the face of diminishing snow cover. Many low- to medium-altitude resorts have had to close due to global warming. Around 180 resorts in France have closed, leaving the lift pylons abandoned. I propose to transform these pylons into perched accommodation to offer a unique mountain experience and create a new tourist attraction. The perched units, located at a height of 10 meters, will offer exceptional panoramic views of the mountain landscape. Inspired by the traditional architecture of mountain huts, they will combine modern comfort with alpine authenticity, promoting harmony with the surrounding natural environment.

CIN CIN !

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

CIN CIN !

with Chris Kabel

Within a one-week workshop with Designer Chris Kabel, BA Industrial Design students were asked to develop a glass for a drink of their choice, whether it was for a cocktail, a fresh beer, a classy Negroni, or simply a glass for water to quench their thirst. The final designs reflect the characteristics of the drink or emphasize how the drink is prepared, served, and drunk. All glasses were blown in the ECAL courtyard with the support of the artisans of Swiss glass manufacturer Niesenglass.

FIGURE LIBRE

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

FIGURE LIBRE

with Elric Petit

Within the project "Figure libre," students are provided with the opportunity to express themselves on a subject of their choosing. The project encourages the incorporation of personal research, or thesis and to select a field aligning with their desired career paths post-studies, be it in furniture, mobility, connected objects, or any other area.

Summer University Finland — ECAL toys with ARTEK

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Summer University Finland — ECAL toys with ARTEK

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Julie Richoz

Teaming up with iconic Finnish furniture company Artek, Bachelor Industrial Design students, under the guidance of designer Julie Richoz, present a collection of playful objects for children made from salvaged b-quality, rejected and half- finished materials and offcuts. Staying true to the spirit of Artek and its founders, the products promote conscious manufacturing and seek to highlight the natural materials that have gone into producing these designs.

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.

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.

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.

Events

ECAL MILANO 2023: Junkyard Diving,17–23.04.2023,House of Switzerland

EXHIBITIONS

ECAL MILANO 2023: Junkyard Diving,
17–23.04.2023,
House of Switzerland

On the occasion of the Milan Design Week (17-23 April 2023), ECAL presents Junkyard Diving at the House of Switzerland. Under the guidance of the designer Philippe Malouin, ECAL’s Bachelor students in Industrial Design invite us to question our consumption habits, the role of designers and the world of tomorrow.

ECAL + MAU TOYS WITH ARTEK,04–20.02.2023,Artek Tokyo Store

EXHIBITIONS

ECAL + MAU TOYS WITH ARTEK,
04–20.02.2023,
Artek Tokyo Store

From February 4 to 20 2023, ECAL and Musashino Art University students present a selection of playful objects for children created in collaboration with the Finnish furniture company Artek. The exhibition will take place in the brand's store in Tokyo. Opening on February 3 at 7pm.

ECAL TOYS WITH ARTEK,09.01–04.02.2023,Artek Helsinki Store

EXHIBITIONS

ECAL TOYS WITH ARTEK,
09.01–04.02.2023,
Artek Helsinki Store

From January 9 to February 4, 2023, Bachelor of Industrial Design Bachelor students present a selection of playful objects for children created in collaboration with the Finnish furniture company Artek, and under the direction of the designer Julie Richoz. The exhibition will take place in the brand's store in Helsinki.