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VIA Design 2010

Ten new furnishing prototypes that bring together creation, innovation and eco-design.
Every year for the past three decades VIA (Valorization of Innovation in Furnishing) has awarded creation assistance grants to young designers.
In doing so, VIA pursues its vocation as a talent scout intent on promoting innovation and creation in design for living space. In 2009, the awards selection juries distributed 1 Carte Blanche, 2 Partnership projects and 6 Project assistance grants, the winners of which were presented at the annual General Assembly held on Wednesday 10 June 2009. All the prototypes resulting from this creation assistance programme were put on display at the VIA gallery from 16 January to 7 March 2010. They will also be presented at the Paris furniture fair next September.

VIA Carte Blanche Grant 2010

The Carte Blanche 2010 award went to agence Faltazi : Laurent Lebot and Victor Massip.


Ekokook, a responsible kitchen
The ’Ekokook’ project is based on four principles: waste management, healthy kitchen space, the reduction of energy consumption, and intelligent storage. Apart from the fit-out with smart electrical appliances (compartmented dish-washer, steam oven, etc.) that cut the energy bill, and the use of materials and processes that have low impact on the environment, ’Ekokook’ is noteworthy for its approach to waste control and disposal, which takes material form in three integrated micro-plants. The first deals with solid wastes and is a device in which a metal ball of the type used in pinball machines is manually activated by an endless screw to crush glass, metal containers and plastic bottles, and to shred paper – the end product being compressed waste bricks. The second focuses on the water cycle and relies on built-in arrangements (dual drainage sink, reservoir placed under the sink, pitchers for holding non-greasy waste water) that can mean savings of up to15 litres a day.
The third concerns the treatment and recycling of organic wastes by means of a worm-farm known as the lombricomposteur, which uses a common earth worm (some 8 000 in the ’Ekokook’ project) to break down biodegradable kitchen wastes. The end products after two or three months are a liquid fertilizer that can be fed to household plants, and rich compost to improve soils. In this project, Faltazi has put the focus on collective responsability for bringing sustainable solutions into the heart of the home. Their proposal breaks with powered technologies and irresponsible behaviour to bring things back to the anthropological level, whereby each and every one of us becomes a player and stake-holder in the global economy.

Jury members for Carte Blanche 2010
Michel Bouisson (VIA, Head of creation assistance & relations with schools)
Jean-Louis Fréchin (Nodesign)
Yves Gradelet (VIA, Architect & scenographer)
Gérard Laizé (VIA, Chief executive)
Philippe A. Mayer (President, VIA)
Fiona Meadows (Cité de l’Architecture)
Franc’ Pairon (IFM)
Claire Peillod (ESAD Rheims)
Catherine Pierre (AMC Le Moniteur, Journalist)
Nicolas Roche (Roche Bobois)

What is the VIA Carte Blanche grant?
In the framework of 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, which may involve improved functional logic or the use of new materials or technologies. Designers receive support from VIA all along the project elaboration process. “Carte Blanche” awards also give manufacturers, producers and distributors the chance to discover and meet the talented people who are designing the everyday products of tomorrow.



The 5 winners of VIA Projects Assistance Grants 2010

The winners for 2010 are :

Itamar Burstein for the ’Pentagon’ table and stool.
This project uses the three-dimensional possibilities of the pentagon, a geometric figure that has five sides. The constructive principles of the table and stool rely on the imbrication of five identical elements, shaped as an upside down ’U’. The self-stabilizing parts are built of solid timber and are assembled dry

Itamar Burstein for the ’Flex’ chair, table and coat rack.
This project proposes an alternative to the traditional process used for curving wood. The ’Flex’ procedure replaces the three usual operations (steaming of timber, shaping in mould, drying) by simplified milling. In this way, Itamar Burstein experiments with a technique that reduces the use of tools, power and production time.

Emilie Colin Garros for the ’Rythmique fonctionnelle’ table.
This table is made by shaping a single piece of laser-cut metal by folding.
The operation consists in disengaging and then folding the metal parts that constitute the feet. The process of transformation perfected by Emilie Colin Garros generates aesthetics that are unique, marked by the soberness of construction using a single material.

Antoine Fritsch and Vivien Durisotti for the ’DLR’ seat.
This seat renews the genre of the shell armchair by developing a stabilizing principle that uses rattan cane and cleverly cut stainless steel. The end result is a paradox: a shell that has a high tech look by its mechanical precision, but which is built using mainly a plant-base material transformed by traditional craftsman techniques.

Stéphane Maupin for the ’Saint Clair’ autonomous lamp.
The design of this solar lamp enables it to be attached to window glass by suction pads. In this position
its photovoltaic sensors recharge an internal battery that can provide light for a space or an activity. The lamp can be moved at any time, no cord being necessary.

Richard Perron for the ’Wood’ chair.
This is a project that has graphic quality and is designed to two constraints. The first constraint was to design the different pieces of wood that compose the chair so that they might be cut from a single panel. The second is linked to the assembly phase. Both constraints obey industrial imperatives of flexibility in organizing production, made possible by the rationalization of cutting and assemblage using a single material.

Jury members 2009
Liliana Albertazzi (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Dijon)
Jean-Marc Barbier (FCBA)
Michel Bouisson (VIA, Head of creation assistance & relations with schools)
Yves Gradelet (VIA, Architect & scenographer)
Gérard Laizé (VIA, Chief executive)
Philippe A. Mayer (President, VIA)
Olivier Peyricot (Designer)
Bernard Reybier (Fermob)
Michel Roset (Ligne Roset)
Marion Vignal (Journalist, L’Express Styles)

What is a VIA Project Assistance grant?
In its role as a discoverer of young talent, VIA analyses all the projects that are spontaneously submitted by designers every year. A committee composed of well-known figures from industry, distribution, creation, education and the press reviews these projects and selects those that appear to be the most relevant and innovative in terms of design, technique, aesthetics and environmental. Financing for the construction of prototypes is then allotted. This enables direct dialogue between the designer and the manufacturer or producer, with an eye to finding a market opening. VIA project assistance thus provides a valuable means of expression for all young design school graduates. Apart from the promotion aspect, designers also benefit by the fact that VIA puts them in direct contact with manufacturers. At the same time, VIA Project Assistance grants give manufacturers, producers and distributors the chance to discover and meet the talented people who are designing the products of tomorrow.


VIA Partnership Project 2010

’L’etreinte du Zelfo®’ by Elise Gabriel in parnership with TheGreenFactory
Zelfo®, a plant-based cellulose in wet paste form can be used to assemble elements, which are stabilized when it dries. Using this concept, Elise Gabriel has designed a chair and trestles that illustrate the capacities of Zelfo® to shape and maintain structures. The design of a lamp in the form of a tensed volume demonstrates other qualities of this material: finesse and opalescence.

’Nida’ by Vincent Poujardieu in partnership with Euro Shelter.
Using an aluminium sandwich panel with a honeycomb core, a component used in the aviation industry, Vincent Poujardieu has relied on the savoir-faire and technology of Euro-Shelter to propose a table with a plateau that can be up to 5 m long with a resistance of 80 kilos.

What is the VIA Partnership Project?
The VIA Partnership Project gives designers the opportunity to develop a project in tandem with a manufacturer, using innovative technologies and/or materials. The initiative aims at encouraging exchanges of know-how and skills with an eye to experimenting new solutions for furnishing and interior decorating.

Buying ‘2010 VIA Creation Assistance grants catalogue’

Practical information

Galerie VIA
33, avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12
Ph : +33 1 46 28 11 11
From 22 January 2010 to 14 March 2010
Monday to Friday : 9.30 am –6.30 pm
Satuday & Sunday : 1 pm –6 pm
Opening 21 January 2010 at 7 pm
Admission free of charge

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

Scenography : Yves Gradelet (architect, scenographer - In charge of VIA exhibitions)
assisted by Jean Marc Merlo Meyer

Technical coordination : Laurent Roussel

Press : Pauline Lacoste lacoste@mobilier.com - tél. +33(0)1 46 28 11 11 - fax +33 (0)1 46 28 13 13

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VIA Project Assistance grant
armchair
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
armchair
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
armchair
© Marie Flores

VIA Partnership Project
" The Zelfo embrace "
© Marie Flores

VIA Partnership Project
" The Zelfo embrace "
© Marie Flores

VIA Partnership Project
" The Zelfo embrace "
© Marie Flores

VIA Partnership Project
" The Zelfo embrace "
© Marie Flores

VIA Partnership Project
" The Zelfo embrace "
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
table " Rythme " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
table " Rythme " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
table " Rythme " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
table " Rythme " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Carte Blanche grant
" Ekokook " kitchen
© Faltazi

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Flex - Wooden " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Flex - Wooden " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Flex - Wooden " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Pentagon " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Pentagon " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Pentagon " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Pentagon " collection
© Marie Flores

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VIA Project Assistance grant
" Wood " chair
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Wood " chair
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Wood " chair
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Saint Clair "
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Saint Clair "
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Saint Clair "
© Marie Flores

VIA Partnership Project
" Nida " table
© Vincent Poujardieu

VIA Partnership Project
" Nida " table
© Vincent Poujardieu

VIA Partnership Project
" Nida " table
© Vincent Poujardieu

VIA Partnership Project
" Nida " table
© Vincent Poujardieu

© DR

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Flex - Wooden " collection
© Marie Flores

VIA Project Assistance grant
" Wood " chair
© Marie Flores

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