Monde Commun is a collective show of eight design schools from all over France and the 42 projects will be shown as part of France Design, curated by VIA and held in the Tortona design district during Milan Design Week.
VIA is a government-backed organisation promoting French design and works with the design schools by financing prototypes and contributing to fees for example, as well as aiding new designers through promotion of their work at trade events etc.
The eight schools taking part are École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne (Eesab), École nationale supérieure d’art de Dijon, Art & Design (Ensa Dijon), École nationale supérieure d’art de Nancy (Ensa Nancy), École supérieure d’art et de design d’Orléans, (Esad Orléans), École supérieure d’art et de design de Reims (Esad Reims), École supérieure d’art et de design de Saint-Étienne (Esadse), École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg (Esad Strasbourg) and École supérieure d’art et de design de Valenciennes (Esad Valenciennes).
From Esad Reims look out for AM-air by Grégoire Lambert, a pencil-thin copper and wood radio that picks up all the frequencies present in a given place and offers a random flow of information. One of our favourite pieces of the whole show is the Aluminium lamp by Adrien Lardet, also from Esad Reims; its hand-worked roughness gives a new approach to the metal.
Kàro by Emilie MilcentKàro from Esad Orléans, is a series of vessels that show the amount of water you are using by showing the volume in 3D form inside the vessels.
Esadse Saint-Étienne will show five projects including Teenage will by Andy Géhin and Camille Tricoire. Teenage will is a series of black steel tubing chair ‘prosthetics’ that mimic the tendency of teenagers not to sit on a chair (posing here is Ivar in white from Ikea), but to lounge or sprawl in a variety of poses.
Oriv by Jérémy Niquet of Ensa Dijon is a video device installed on a bird-feeding platform that projects images of our feathered friends onto screens mounted in the street.
Viens à la Maison by a collective of students from Esad Strasbourg is an adventure tour between door and window, where objects interact within an ecosystem.
From Ensa Nancy, Yee Hsien Tan’s Design It Yourself is a modular furniture system (seating, tables and storage units) designed to be built without nails or screws; simply created from dowels and planks. L’Herbier de Vénus by Anne Merceron from Eesab is a wedding dress made from fruit peel embroidered with seeds, which once worn by the bride, is planted in the soil to be reborn as a luxuriant garden.
From Esad Valenciennes we have picked out Verres communiquants by Chloé Petitjean, a whole dining table of glassware linked by a series of tubes.
Monde Commun, part of France Design, takes place at Padiglione Visconti, via Tortona 58 from April 17-22 2012.