L’École de design has its head in the stars. 6 winners in 6 years at the Observeur du design.
Organized by the APCI since 1999, l’Observeur du design is a French design award highlighting the talent of companies and designers. It is recognized and supported by the Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in France and by the ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) internationally.
On 10 December 2015, the Étoiles du design (Design Stars) 2016 were awarded to 32 of the 156 creations entered in this year’s competition. Organized in the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (City of Science and Industry) in Paris, the ceremony provided an opportunity for various figures in French design and industry to meet and discuss the importance of design as a driver for differentiation and growth. Two of the school’s projects were entered in the competition and both were prize winners! You can find out more about these two projects by having a look at the book Design d’aujourd’hui 2016.
In December 2016, it was the turn of Alice de Mouel to receive the Star of the city of Paris by L’Observeur du design 2017.
Alice Le Mouel awarded at the Observeur du design 2017
Vertigo reclaims blind walls (walls with no windows or other openings) by using them as community gardens for the residents of apartment blocks. Using an off-ground method of hydroponic cultivation consisting of prefabricated wooden platforms stacked one above the other using removable and reusable structures, the project addresses the issues of ecology and urban environments. The vertical surface replaces the ground surface and provides a new way of re-densifying the area.
Manon Malatray and Batia Bertho, awarded with Étoiles (Stars) at the Observeur du design 2016
Flow d’énergie by Manon Malatray
Manon, currently a product designer for Seb group in Lyon, developed Flow d’énergie for her final degree project when she was completing her Master’s degree in Design and Innovation Management in apprenticeship. Her project was exhibited in Nantes at the Design L’Expo 2014. She also won the "Coup de cœur" prize which was awarded by a panel of experts from Maison & Objet. The project was subsequently exhibited in London in July 2015 at the New Designers show.
UTO by Batia Bertho
Batia is a product designer for the Nielsen Company in Berlin. She also developed UTO for her final degree project while completing her Master’s degree in Health & Social Innovation.
Her project was also exhibited at the Design L’Expo 2014 in Nantes then in London in July 2015 at the New Designers show.
Here’s what the press wrote about her project, currently on show at the City of Science and Industry: Marie-Claire Maison
To find out more, read UTO
Orion, awarded a star at the Observeur du design 2015
Bastien Henry, Alexandra Abidji, Anouk Malgrange, Ugo Janisewski, Louise Tesson and Léonard Grigné, who were 3rd year students at the time in product design, developed Orion, a lamp that works with photovoltaic film (technologie Beautiful Light d’Armor). Orion was exhibited at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique’s “Survival” exhibition at the Milan International Furniture Show in 2014.
To find out more go to Orion
Céline Coutard, awarded a star at the Observeur du design 2014
Currently a product designer at Candide Baby Group, Céline’s Lalan project which she developed for her studies in Transcultural Design in India was exhibited at the Design L’Expo 2012.
To find out more go to Lalan
Thomas Buisson, awarded a star at the Observeur du design 2012
Thomas developed Fireline, his final degree project for his Master’s degree in Responsible Innovation. Today, he is a product designer at Courant.
To find out more go to Fireline
Of course, L’École de design alumni are regularly rewarded at the Observeur du design.