The aim of this workshop, led by four complementary facilitators, is to envision the uses of tomorrow through installations and collective furniture while offering a fresh perspective on public spaces.
By the end of the training, participants will have assimilated:
This training invites participants to conceive and realize new typologies of outdoor furniture and installations, weaving unique connections between nature, viewpoints, and on-site experiments: from benches to kiosks, from bus stations to canopies.
An immersion in the landscapes of Puisaye, five days of sharing and exchanges, with a practical approach through materials, in sync with the campus rhythm, will allow the sketching of collective scenarios and utopias, all with the aim of proposing calming and sensitive public spaces.
Based in Paris, Amandine co-founded the AC/AL studio with her partner Aïssa Logerot, where her practice intersects with design through the creation of objects and furniture for various domains ranging from industry to craftsmanship and luxury (www.ac-al.com). Their work has received multiple awards and has been exhibited in museums such as the Centre Pompidou and the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris. Some of their pieces are also part of the permanent collections at MAD.
In 2009, Amandine also founded the i.d.o association, conceived as a participatory platform with a network of diverse skills dedicated to solidarity projects. It focuses on promoting artisanal production methods and improving the living conditions of isolated populations. Her latest project, a community floating garden using water hyacinth, has received support from several foundations and has just been implemented on Lake Tonlé Sap in Cambodia (www.ido-project.org).
Originally from Paris, Mathieu Luzurier is a skilled cabinetmaker from Puisaye. He initially studied biochemistry and bacteriology in high school before attending École Boulle, where he completed a 4-year program and earned his diploma in cabinetmaking. He possesses the expertise to showcase various types of wood, both solid and veneer, using both traditional and modern techniques. During his apprenticeship, he had the opportunity to work in several workshops, including those of Bernard Mauffret, Marc Desnoyer, and Alexandre Fougea. Mathieu has worked for various companies in Paris and London (A.K.A Design), and in 2016, he founded his own business in Burgundy, known as M.A.C. His work includes crafting furniture, wardrobes, kitchens, parquet flooring installation, and more. He adapts his work and aesthetics to each space, paying meticulous attention to detail. As a versatile artisan, Mathieu possesses a broad range of construction knowledge, allowing him to renovate homes from floor to ceiling.
Laure Fernandez is a teacher and researcher in the field of performing arts, affiliated with the UMR Thalim (CNRS, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, ENS). Her work, situated at the intersection of aesthetics, art history, and performance theory, focuses on contemporary scenic forms such as theater, dance, and performance, as well as artistic transfers. She is actively involved in teaching and supervising theses and diplomas in national schools of art and design. Recently, she co-directed the research project "NoTHx-Nouvelles Théâtralités" with Bénédicte Boisson (Rennes 2) and Éric Vautrin (Vidy-Lausanne), which included a seminar hosted by Philippe Quesne at the Nanterre-Amandiers theater and resulted in a publication titled "Le Cinquième Mur - scènes contemporaines & nouvelles théâtralités" published by Les presses du réel in 2021. Currently, she is co-directing the research project "RELIRE: Refaire les liens, inverser le regard (pratiques, discours et histoire du théâtre, de la performance et des scènes performantielles – 1950-2020)" alongside Bénédicte Boisson.
Olivier Vadrot was born in 1970 and currently lives and works in Beaune, Burgundy. His career has been shaped by various fields, including architecture, design, curating and exhibition scenography, and theater and music stage design. Alongside his studies at the Lyon School of Architecture, he became involved in the collective adventure of Théâtre Pluzdank (1996-2001). He co-founded the contemporary art center La Salle de bains in Lyon (1999) and later the Cocktail Designers group (2004), where he designed several listening devices for music labels (Le Kiosque électronique, 2004; Icosajack, 2007). His stay at the Villa Medici as a stage designer (2012-2013) marked a significant turning point in his career.
From the Circo minimo created during this residency to the Enquête Cavea, which led him to survey most ancient performance venues, his personal practice has recently focused on micro-architectures that enable assembly (Faire c’est dire, 2017), shape collectives (Les Tribunes, 2015), and catalyze debates (Cavea, 2016). While some of these devices are nomadic, reproducible, and ephemeral, reduced to essential forms and made from inexpensive materials, others have been more permanently placed in public spaces (Conversations, 2018; Orchestre, 2018; Les cercles lieurs, 2023). His first monographic work, titled "Mêlées," was published in 2020 by Catalogue Général, Paris.
During this workshop, participants will be nourished by discussions with a researcher and an architect, and supervised by a designer and a craftsman. They will be trained in the techniques of implementing their ideas and projects, as well as their staging in different contexts. This program brings participants to the heart of our wood workshop, and offers a unique collaborative experience to imagine the uses of tomorrow.