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VIA / design schools 06

Early summer every year VIA opens a forum for expression for schools of design, fine arts and applied arts. In a selection of works by final-year students, each establishment presents its specific fields of competence in design training.

The summer exhibition adopts a particular viewpoint with regard to current French design and its rising names: that of experimentation carried out by students in the course of their studies. It rounds out the selection presented by VIA at the Paris Furniture Fair in January.
The 15 schools on show illustrate the diversity of their training skills. Documentation from each school will enable young people interested by the various disciplines to get a better idea of specific realities.
In the framework of its mandate to promote and valorize designers, VIA maintains close contacts with some thirty creative schools France and abroad. VIA finances projects, sits on diploma jurys, holds conferences on chosen prospective themes, and interacts with training programmes.
This year, 16 schools will take part in the annual VIA exhibition, presenting a broad range of student projects:

Targets in teaching

Unlike the Anglo-Saxon countries, which are more pragmatic in their relationship to art and industry, design only won its independence recently in France, where it now figures as a fully-fledged discipline.
As an activity, design evolved from two sources:
- on one hand, the technical culture of the engineer based on the scientific model, which had dominated the conception and production of manufactured goods since the beginning of the industrial era;
- and on the other, the awareness of history and sensitive approach of the artist-decorator, whose field of intervention was limited to interior layout and whose mode of production was that of the craftsman.
During the 20 th century several factors converged, the most important being the techno-scientific revolution, mass consumerism and the demystification of artistic production. Their merging broke down the rigid separation of skills and know-hows: new tools were forged for perceiving and shaping reality in phase with the challenges of the future.
Once the basic goals were achieved, the question ‘how to produce?'… to meet the basic needs of people in a democratic society (which justified the preponderant role of the engineer in the mass production process) was replaced by another question: ‘what to produce?'….
This change in targets meant that the legitimacy and status of the object in all its aspects (function, economy, politics, culture, etc.), became the central concern. Design was no longer simply a matter of fitting shapes to everyday objects but of exercising a conceptual, critical and trans-cultural activity.
It is this complexity that confronts design teaching. A complexity illustrated here in some sixty projects by students from fourteen design schools, chosen among the most representative in France.
Michel Bouisson - VIA head of relations with designers & schools

This year, 16 schools are taking part in the exhibition

• Ecole Camondo , Paris
• Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Appliqués - Boulle , Paris
• Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle- Les Ateliers , Paris
• Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs , Paris
• Ecole Supérieure d'Arts et de Design , Reims
• Ecole Régionale des Beaux- Arts , Saint-Etienne
• Institut d'Arts Visuels , Orléans
• Ecole Supérieure d'Arts, Brest
• Ecole d'Architecture de Bretagne , Rennes
• Ecole Pivaut , Nantes
• Institut Supérieur de Design , Valenciennes
• Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Marseille
• Ecole d'Arts de la Communauté de l'Agglomération, Annecy
• Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs , Strasbourg
• Université de Technologie, Compiègne
• Ecole de Design Nantes - Atlantique

Signature

signature of book ‘Jacques Viénot – Pionnier de l'esthétique industrielle en France' by Jocelyne Le Bœuf (Presses Universitaires de Rennes)

Curator : Michel Bouisson (Head of Creation Assistance & relations with schools VIA)

Scenography : Yves Gradelet (architect, scénographer - in charge of exhibitions) / KNAUF

Press : Elsa Sarfati - via.presse @mobilier.com - t. +33(0)1 46 28 11 11 - f. +33(0)1 46 28 13 13

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scale model of the interior design of the TGV Dupleix bar

Alcôve : seat and interior design of a train

table object Sel volant

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Synuo seat

Rocking duo

Au boulot ! Desk accessory

bookshelf

Yourban garden vegetal accessories

La Mue partition

lodular shelves

Orphée double sofa

Cohabiter ou vivre ensemble mobile partition

furniture in Porcelaine

Une paroi dans la chambre partition

Secret : intrigue dans l'habitat shelves

Intrigue dans l'habitat light

Acou seat

trestle

Marie Thérèse partition

Tretable folding table

Grenier

Plate-forme

Wallpaper partition

television

Dedans … partition

1.2.3.4 trestle

Cosmic fruits bowl

wall table

Pikatruc coat rack

Flaque trestle

Algao furniture

Ponge watering-can

1/2 partition

The Big PillowSki partition

Dédoublé trestle

Swell screen

Niaréla table

modular storage unit

Globulle

stool

tableware

lamp

Nomade partition

Souple + Tension partition

extensible partition

1 puis 2 trestle

Diabolo seat, mattress

Ecailles partition

Quadrat lamp

Arborescences seat

Radiations coffee table

Between modular furniture for bedroom / living room

Used partition

trestle

tabletop

Sangler seat

Récupérer / réutiliser chair

trestle

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