The program is designed to support the participant on four levels : creation, technical learning, defining a professional project and collective work.
Speed is one of the crucial factors of our manmade world. There is quite a number of linked parameters, such as logistics or machinery, but it can also be movement, time, development. I propose to study and explore what we can do to accelerate or slowdown, what are the obstacles that speed is creating and what are the solutions it proposes.
My own belief is that most of the parameters of our world followed an exponential curve, and that we are reaching a point in which the complexity is getting to a level of non-control, and beyond day-to-day practical decision, design needs to address a wider exploration of transversal schemes.
On one hand I essentially experience a workshop through the idea of building something, but on the other hand listening, exchanging, exploring through shared experience, the world we live in is the best that we can do together.
I don’t have a very clear point of view on what can be built, but I know anything can be engaged. Something lightweight, short, maybe with no physicality, but it can also be in the long term, something made to be abandoned for a year or more, something addressing the timeframe of nature. Building is the only way of challenging parameters, being enough impolite to change the way.
But I also want to collect experiences, and sometimes build on words and concepts. The world can be seen as a logical environment where actions and consequences follow a clear path. But there are some other ways of looking at things, where we can consider the world as a jungle, certainly complex but without a very clear reason for its structure. I always like to learn about people's experience and knowledge and imagine shortcuts between practices. Creativity is essentially recoding steps and actions on a different dance.
So a large part of the workshop will be about exchanging, collecting, sharing and assembling rules in a different order and logic than they are usually.
Erwan Bouroullec is a French designer born in Quimper in 1976. His studio is currently located in Paris, but he also has another space in the countryside in Burgundy, France. In 1998, he graduated from the École nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris-Cergy.
Since 1998, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been working together. However, they also develop projects independently. Together, they have designed numerous projects in various fields. The main publishers they have collaborated with include Vitra, Hay, Samsung, Flos, Kvadrat, Ligne Roset, Established and Sons, and more.
Many of their pieces are included in the collections of important institutions such as the MoMA in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Centre national d'art et de culture Georges-Pompidou in Paris, and the Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris.
Their creations have been the subject of several monographic exhibitions, including at the Design Museum in London (2002), the Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA in Los Angeles (2004), the Centre Pompidou-Metz (2011), the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (2011), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2012), and the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris (2013). The Philadelphia Museum of Art presented a retrospective of their work in 2021.
Numerous monographs have been published, including "Works" by Phaidon Press London in 2012.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have received numerous awards, such as the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris in 1998, the London Design Medal in 2014, Best Designers, the Design Prize (official award of the city of Milan) in 2017, and the Compasso d'Oro in 2022.
The beginning was photography for Tristan COLAFRANCESCO, in the punk scene from 2009 until 2011 in Brittany.
He then studied metal, first by passing a CAP degree of Metallier at the Compagnons du Devoir (Maison de Rennes), then in the company Metafer (Living Heritage Company). Then comes a second certificate but this time, in artistic ironwork in Nièvre.
He gained experience in various Heritage restoration companies, Art metalwork, industrial, and contemporary.
In 2017 he created the Ateliers Cola, and has since worked with various designers, producing furniture, fittings and bespoke objects.
His workshop is located in Avallon, at the gates of the Morvan.
End-of-training evaluation in the form of collective feedback
Documented and well-argued final project presentation file
Mid-days sign-in sheets