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MAISON&OBJET September 2017: a sneak preview of ENSCI’s Rising Talents

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The École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI-Les Ateliers), founded in 1982, trains future creative professionals, industrial and textile designers according to its own original and specific methods. The school was ranked second amongst European and American further education institutions in the Design Concept category of the Red Dot Design Ranking 2016. ENSCI is the patron of the MAISON&OBJET September 2017 Rising Talents Awards. Read on to find out all about 8 talents you really should keep your eye on.

Claire Lavabre

This 30-year-old designer and photographer graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers in 2012 and has already made quite a name for herself. She has worked with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Inga Sempé, Leon Ransmeier and for Laurent Deroo’s architectural firm, founding her own design studio in parallel to develop various design and interior design projects. She is particularly fond of using mirrors, lights and frames to play with optical effects and blur, blend or multiply images in installations that explore the magic of reflections and question notions of identity, duality and vanity. Her work has been exhibited at the Design Parade and the International Festival of Fashion and Photography (Villa Noailles), the Designer Days (Palais de Tokyo) and at the Great Design Gallery in Paris. Claire now works between Paris and Perpignan.

Alexandre Echasseriau

Alexandre Echasseriau, who was born in Toulouse in 1986, has quite an atypical educational background. After training in ornamental turning and other metalworking techniques at École Boulle, he turned to industrial design and enrolled at ENSCI-Les Ateliers, graduating summa cum laude 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. His original individual approach won him the design section prize at the Audi Talents Awards 2014. In September 2016, he founded CRAFTER STUDIO in Vexin, a rural area to the North of Paris. The scope of his activity is increasing: industrial design, prototyping, creating miniature devices for research centres etc. He is also the current artistic director of the Centre Pompidou’s FabLab.

Julien Phedyaeff and 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. The duo graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers in 2014 and their shared way of thinking about consumer habits and behaviour 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 commercialises sustainable and evolutive products, which are made to last and can be repaired if necessary.

Luce Couillet

After initially training in product design at ESAD in Reims, Luce Couillet decided to focus on textile design at ENSCI in Paris, graduating in 2010. Specialising in designing materials, fabrics and textile products, she first gained experience with the Swiss textile designer and manufacturer Création Baumann, before taking advantage of a residence at the Ateliers de Paris to found her own research studio Matières Ouvertes in 2011. Luce works with a large range of fibres 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. In 2012, she received a Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris (design section) for her work and in 2017, she joined the Parisian showroom DINES in order to create a textile laboratory for architects and interior designers.

Lysandre Graebling

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Lysandre Graebling’s love affair with fabrics is all about bridging the gap between fashion and design. After training in fashion design, she enrolled at ENSCI-les Ateliers to specialise in textile design, exploring numerous techniques such as weaving, knitted fabrics, embroidery and screenprinting. She graduated as a textile designer in 2013. After working in furnishing for Hermès, she joined Sonia Rykiel where she stayed for two years designing and developing motifs and prints for the children’s line. 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.

Samy Rio

There’s definitely money to be made in bamboo and if any proof were needed, look no further than the career of this young designer who studied cabinetmaking for four years, before devoting a further five years to studying industrial design at ENSCI. He graduated summa cum laude in October 2014 thanks to a research project on the industrialisation of bamboo tubes. In July 2015, he won the Design Parade 10 Grand Prix at Villa Noailles with the same project. The prize earned him two residencies in 2016 at Cirva (Marseille) and the Cité de la Céramique (Sèvres), as well as the chance to work with Galerie Kreo. And the adventure is only just beginning!

Raphaël Pluvinage and Marion Pinaffo

Independent designers Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage graduated from ENSCI 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. After working in London, respectively for Doshi Levien and Superflux, in 2015 Marion and Raphaël began working together on the Papier Machine project, which they had started working on at ENSCI. Work continued during a residency at Te Ataata in New Zealand and the project went on to earn them an Audi Talents Award in 2016. The pair’s work has been widely exhibited, notably at the Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), as well as at the Biennale Internationale Design St Etienne.

Jean-Baptiste Fastrez

Jean-Baptiste Fastrez was born in 1984. He lives and works in Paris. After graduating summa cum laude from ENSCI-Les Ateliers in 2010, he worked with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for three years. He founded his own studio in 2011 to explore his take on hybridisation in creations that combine avant-garde technology and craftsmanship. In the same year, the young designer won the Design Parade 6 Grand Prix du Jury at Villa Noailles (Hyères, France) with two projects Variations upon an electric kettle and Tomahawks hair dryer. In 2015, he received a Wallpaper Design Award for his Scarabée vase. His trademark style has won over brands and design companies such as Moustache, the Manufacture de Sèvres, Kvadrat, CIRVA and Tai Ping. His production is exhibited at Grand-Hornu Images (Belgium), the Mudac (Lausanne) and the VIA (Paris). Some of his pieces have joined the permanent collections at the Centre Pompidou, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, Villa Noailles and the CNAP.

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