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First international workshop week

First international workshop week

On April 4th, the International Class will be hosting its first international workshop week. The school has carefully selected three design lecturers from three of its 80 international partner schools to run a workshop relating to their field of research: Richard Firth, Programme Leader in product design at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, Stefan Bufler, Professor of visual communication / graphic design at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and Juan Albert, professor of interior design at Elisava School of Design in Barcelona.

The visiting lecturers will each work with one of the three groups of students within our international class: Global design, Brand design or Industrial Product. Each group is composed of approximately 10 French students and 10 international students, the majority of whom are studying at the school as part of an exchange programme.

This international workshop week coincides with a fourth international workshop, known as "the Carousel", involving product design apprentices from the CFA (the school’s apprenticeship centre) in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University.

At the end of the week, a prize giving ceremony will be held to reward the four best selected projects from the workshops, which will then be exhibited in the hall of the school from Wednesday 20 to Wednesday 27 April.

Industrial product

The workshop will be held by Richard Firth and Benoît Buronfosse based on a proposition from Richard.

About Richard Firth:
Richard is Programme Leader for BDes (Hons) Product Design. He began his professional product design career in 1991, working on airport furniture systems for BAA, and products for the medical and consumer markets. Richard established his own heritage and interpretation practice (1997 - present), completing projects for The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland, and the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Continuing to develop a diverse portfolio of work, Richard has also worked as an art director and concept artist within the gaming industry.
He joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2003. An advocate of craft, making and drawing, Richard has published works on integrating traditional and digital design skills, internationalisation and improvisatory working methodologies. He is interested in using design thinking to further his research into Dyslexia, Synaesthesia and Autism syndrome.
Richard has continued to develop new and existing staff mobility and student exchange agreements with educational institutions globally including, Australia, China, Europe, Scandinavia.
Richard is currently preparing an application for PhD through published works.

About BenoÎt Buronfosse:
Benoît graduated from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique in 2007. He has been working for Décathlon since then mostly in the Geonaute brand and the Kalenji Brand. He is currently Design Director for the Kalenji Brand at Décathlon.

"Applying the approach of ’Thinking through making’ the students are to design and build a full size unit. They will also use filmmaking to record their process and produce a short film describing their design. During the workshop they will be given a specific user persona that they will use to act out different user testing scenarios."


Brand design

The workshop will be held by Stefan Bufler and Jerôme Héno based on a proposition from Stefan.

About Stefan Bufler:
Stefan left his native hometown near the Bavaria Alps to gain a first degree in Communication Design studying in Augsburg and Preston/UK. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Art in London, from which he graduated in 1994 with an MA in Graphic Design, to then pursue a career in the London design industry. Having worked for Pentagram Design whilst still studying at the RCA, he took a position as Senior Designer at Design Bridge Ltd. and became a Founding Partner, Creative and Managing Director of “Design Bridge Corporate & Service Branding Ltd.”. The brand consultancy successfully worked for international clients including UEFA Champions League, Philips Electronics (NL), Connexxion (NL), General Motors (UK), etc. Parallel to his practice as designer and brand consultant he taught on the “BA(Hons) Graphic and Media Design” course at London College of Communication (then LCP), a role that he decided to eventually focus on. Therefore, in 2002 Stefan Bufler accepted the post of “Professor of Visual Communication / Graphic Design” at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Augsburg) and after 10 years in London returned to Germany.
Within the BA Communication Design course in Augsburg, he leads the study programme in Identity Design / Corporate Branding (Fachwerkstatt Identity Design) and has developed teaching modules in Design Thinking / Visual Communication. His students regularly win international design awards. Whilst at Hochschule Augsburg Stefan Bufler held various administrative positions, most notably that of Vice President of the University from 2004 to 2006.
He still takes on engagements as a design- and brand-consultant for various private and public sector organisations and is frequently requested as guest speaker and jury member.

About Jérôme Héno:
Jerome Heno studied for 7 years in England (MA Visual Communication at Central Saint Martins, as well as an MA in Art and Design Education - London Institute of Education). Then, he worked as a freelance Graphic Designer in Nantes and is part of an edition company - LEAP - specialised in screen printing and linocut limited editions. In parallel, he is the Course leader in Graphic Design for the bachelor programs at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.


"Welcome to the Unusual Phobia Club – Where your Fears are in Good Company"
Are you afraid of something most other people are not? And if so, does this make you feel like a wimp or an oddball? Well, if this isn’t you, then it certainly affects people in your neighbourhood who struggle with some very unusual anxieties. Most of them suffer in silence. But what if they regularly meet other individuals who share their distress? Could they take comfort from the fact that they are not alone? Might this help them to accept their fears and maybe even openly confront them? Thus, the Unusual Phobia Clubs are born. And you are the designers commissioned by these clubs to express their group identity in more ways than one. It’s a challenge, but don’t be scared!!!

Global design

The workshop will be held by Juan Albert and Claire Gaveriaux based on a proposition from Juan.



About Juan Albert:
Born in Mexico City and actually living in Barcelona where he works as a freelance architect and interior designer. He is interested in creating a global vision of space design that integrates various areas such as photography, art or sustainability. Graduated from the Schools of Architecture, UNAM (México City) and ETSAB (Barcelona), he has completed his studies with a Postgraduate in History of Architecture. Lecturer in various universities and professor of Interior Design in ELISAVA School of Design, he also holds the position of Head of the Area of Interior Design and Studies coordinator.


About Claire Gaveriaux:
Graduated in 2003 from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, Claire works as an industrial designer. She has always been interested in space design, as such, she exercised in several design studios in retail and global design for over 10 years in Paris and Nantes (Malherbe Retail Design, Workshop, Saguez&Partners).
In 2014, she opened her own studio, working on different applications of design: retail and space design, global design and visual identity. Still working with Parisian studios, she also develops her own customer base, animates workshops and monitors students projects at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.
In parallel, she is an active member of Kollect-if, a structure that proposes different workshops held by specialists, in order to help project leaders to develop good crowdfunding campaigns.



Space, nature and the senses: When we speak about sustainability in the design of spaces we rarely make reference to the senses. It´s through the senses that we perceive our relationship with the elements of nature and with the Earth. Creating spaces that maximize our sensory links with the elements of nature can contribute to the generation of spaces more respectful with the environment, more healthy and above all much more exciting.