Caption: VIA / design schools 2012; Bastien Chapelle, Strate Collège Designers, Sèvres
From its HQ in Paris, VIA (Valorization of Innovation in Furnishing) is currently showcasing 65 projects of graduates from 24 French art & design schools. ARTS THREAD takes a first look.
Bastien Chapelle from Strate collège designers, Sèvres has created for his final project an eco-label entitled Orissa, a not-for-profit organisation producing pieces made by local craftsman in southern India. Comprising a lounge chair, a floor lamp, a coffee table and a vase, the collection’s show stopper is the lounge chair designed with a teak wood frame and removable ‘hood’ in organic cotton printed using a local Chennaï block printing workshop.
Above: Aquaffè, Maud Lecompte & Cafe Trio, Virginie Parsus, Académie Charpentier, Paris
Virginie Parsus from Académie Charpentier, Paris presents Cafe Trio, a re-interpretation of the Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Traditionally, the coffee is brewed and filtered three times and here Virginie creates a modern version featuring three different glass vessels and a filter. The first filter creates the strongest coffee, the second of medium strength and the third, the mildest. From the same school, Maud Lecompte has designed Aquaffè, in which the coffee drips though into a dramatic curvaceous glass vessel.
Above: Le poids des choses, Mathilde Pellé, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Mathilde Pellé, graduate from École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris is showing Le poids des choses (the weight of things). Her pieces – a small/bar table and a shelving unit – work on the weight of objects that the user places on them, as well as the weight of the objects that the user removes and have hidden parts that keep the piece in balance.
VIA / design schools 2012 continues until September 30 2012 (including the September dates of Maison&Objet and Paris Design Week) at Galerie VIA, 29 – 35, avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris.