Pursuing its mission to promote and valorize French creation, every year VIA awards one or several ‘Carte Blanche' grants to designers whose originality and maturity of creative approach are outstanding for the period. A committee composed of well-known figures from industry, distribution, creation, education and the press attributes this research grant to the selected designer to enable him/her to develop a personal project of a prospective character. ‘Carte Blanche' projects aim at developing products focused on the everyday activities that reflect the new life-styles of contemporary people. Designers receive support from VIA all along the project elaboration process, during which time a constant eye is kept on market demands and technical feasibility. ‘Carte Blanche' assignments also give manufacturers, producers and distributors a chance to discover and meet the talented people who are designing the everyday products of tomorrow.
Since its creation in 1979, VIA has awarded 68 ‘Carte Blanche' grants:
Andréas Aas, Christian Astuguevieille, François Azambourg, François Bauchet, Martine Bedin, Marc Berthier, Christian Biecher, René Bouchara, Ronan Bouroullec, François Brument, Stéphane Bureaux, Michel Cadestin, René-Jean Caillette, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Pierre Charpin, Alain Chauvel, Paul Chemotov & Borja Huidobro, Matali Crasset, Delo-Lindo, Thibault Desombre, Sylvain Dubuisson,Christian Duc, Réna Dumas, Faltazi, Jean-Louis Frechin, Bernard Fric, Elizabeth Garouste et Mattia Bonetti, Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard, Olivier Gagnère, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kristian Gavoille, Christian Germanaz, Jean-Louis Godivier, Jean-Louis Guinochet, Häberli & Marchand, Patrice Hardy, Marc Held, Hans Hopfer, Patrick Jouin, Eric Jourdan, Mathieu Lehanneur, Arik Levy & Pippo Lionni (L.Design), Christian Liaigre, Jean-Marie Massaud, Olivier Mourgue, Pascal Mourgue, Jean Nouvel, Joon Sik Oh, Patrick Pagnon et Claude Pelhaître, Gaetano Pesce, Olivier Peyricot, Daniel Pigeon, Christophe Pillet, Jean-Michel Policar, Andrée Putman, RADI designers, Philippe Rahm, Eric Raffy, Iréna Rosinski, Frédéric Ruyant, Inga Sempé, Matt Sindall, Philippe Starck, Martin Szekely, Tsé & Tsé, Emmanuelle Torck & Emmanuelle Noirot, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Yamo.