Helium Concept was founded on 6 June1998 under the direction of Annick Schotte and Damien Bihr.
Since its creation Helium Concept has developed sensitive products that are close to the nature of their function. As Annick Schotte sees things, products should breathe simplicity and economy of means in relation to their use. Designed to be made in small series by Helium Concept, these products are analysed in family contexts before being released to the general public for everyday use. Besides reflecting a state of mind, they shape and take part in the feelings of users.
HeliumConcept® is the commercial brand name of products developed by NaosDesign sa.
Annick Schotte, born Tournai, Belgium.
Baccalauréat Arts at Academie des Beaux Arts, Tournai
BA in Industrial design at Institut des Beaux Arts St Luc, Liège.
Shoe designer for Bata, creation of collections injected plastic sandals, Belgium
Textile designer with Barker/Valvilla, furniture textiles, Finland
Product designer for Marimekko, Finland
Baggage designer, Davids, Laurent David, Belgium
Scholarship from Fondation de la Tapisserie, Tournai
Professor of design at Ecole Supérieure des Arts St Luc, Tournai.
Textile research, Animal architectonics, exhibition
Creation of Helium Concept in collaboration with Damien Bihr.
Design of products with Naos design for PASS, scenography and didactic objects , ‘Corps à corps’, ‘Touche à tout’ and instrument for free visit [GPS].
Participation 100% Design furniture fair in London
First contacts with Sitonit editions.
Participation in ‘Innovation Esthétique au Cœur du Potager Créatif’ Espace Wallonie, Brussels & Charleroi.
Launch of Do-nuts at Maison et Objet, NOW salon, Paris.
Selected for exhibition ‘Allume ! je m’assieds’ mounted by WCC-BF and cultural service of City of Mons
Selected for Milan furniture fair, OFF, with Wallonie+ Bruxelles at Studio 13 via Tortona.
Selected for Biennale de Saint-Etienne 2004 with Designed in Brussels and Design Vlaanderen
Selected for Triennale [Im]Perfect design at Musée Royal des Beaux Arts, Brussels with Design Vlaanderen
Paris furniture fair, selected by VIA and INNOVATHEQUE for creation of Degré[°3] seat
Paris, with SitOnIt, presentation of Do-Nuts and DuoDo-Nuts
Milan, Fuori Salone Interni, Galeria Grossetti, with Bram Boo, Damien Bihr and Fabiaan Vanseveren, presentation of Degré °3 and Degré °2, of Pelouz vase and
Fluor lamps, final version. Presentation under bezign label created for the event.
Selected with bezign for Inside Design Amsterdam itinerary by magazine Elle Wohnen.
Presentation at Now salon (Maison et Objets), Paris, of 2 new models for seats [pacha] and [trio] for Antwerp firm Sitonit. (Zet)
Selected for Label-Design exhibition mounted by Grand-Hornu Images, Promateria and Design Vlaanderen : [Fluor] Lamp, [Degré 2] [Do-Nuts] seats