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Workshop Review : Surprise Mistakes with Henrik Vibskov

Domaine de Boisbuchet held their inaugural performance last Friday in the shadow of their 19th century Chateau as the sun retreated in the western sky. Light rain did not deter what was an emotional spectacle created by the participants of Henrik Vibskov’s workshop “Surprise Mistakes”.

Vibskov arrived at Boisbuchet just one day after “The Salami Kitchen” show he realized at the Westin Hotel in Paris as part of Paris Fashion Week 2016. Day one, consisted of a tour of the Boisbuchet grounds, including its architectural structures and the “Origin of a Work” exhibit curated by Boisbuchet director Mathias Schwartz-Clauss and currently on display in the chateau.Henrik Vibskov_28062016_Ingebjørg Kårstad On day two, Vibskov encouraged participants to meditate while reflecting on their lives and then began with a light-hearted conversation about the last meal they ate before arriving at Boisbuchet and then encouraged them to open themselves up to discuss mistakes they had made in their lives and fears they carried with them. These confessions became the inspiration for the performance to come. Participants then worked in groups over the next three days designing costumes, props, and the sets while drawing upon Vibskov’s expertise, creativity, and genius.

7G1A7078_Henrik Vibskov_01072016_Ingebjørg Kårstad©CIRECA_Domaine de BoisbuchetThe final performance was an emotional masterpiece. A haunting and rhythmic original score, composed by Boisbuchet videographer Bastian Zeiselmair, echoed around the darkening meadow in front of the chateau as a light rain perfectly set the mood. An architectural relief, designed by architect Go Hasegawa for a workshop the year before, served as the ideal location for the set which consisted of a platform surrounded by 5 wooden structures of varying sizes.
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As the performance progressed, participants, which Henrik referred to as “ghost riders”, slowly emerged from beneath the platform wearing salmon colored costumes, created using leftover textile provided by Kvadrat for another Boisbuchet workshop in 2014 by Turkish designer and architect Sevil Peach, and were an interpretation of agricultural working clothes, an homage to the farmlands that surround Boisbuchet. The participants swayed rhythmically with the music, as if part of an otherworldly harvest celebration, as the center of the structure rose to create a massive sphere, symbolizing the emotional bubbles we build up around ourselves.
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The ghost riders then mounted each of the wooden structures, which acted like giant rocking chairs, and continued to rock in time to the building musical score, and symbolized the rocky ground we all rest on, no matter our level in life.

Finally the music stopped. The audience, composed of fellow tutors Simon Costin and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, as well as their workshop participants and Boisbuchet staff, including Boisbuchet founder Alexander Von Vegesack and director Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, rose to their feet in thunderous applause. 7G1A7180_ Henrik Vibskov__01072016_Ingebjørg Kårstad©CIRECA_Domaine de Boisbuchet Vibskov joined his participants for a final bow and the audience was then invited to get a closer look at the set, structures, costumes.

Participant Brennen Birch said of the experience of working with Vibskov, “With just a few days and a bolt of pink fabric, we created a spectacle realized entirely through experimentation, thinking by doing, and finding inspiration in our own mistakes. Henrik doesn’t limit himself to any one type of medium; Brennan HoBB portraiteach of us left the workshop inspired to seek new avenues of creative expression outside of our comfort zone.”

Each year Boisbuchet welcomes designers, architects, and artists from around the world to spend a week with participants and share their knowledge, experience, and expertise with participants while surrouded by the splendid setting of their 19th century French estate. This year, 47 acclaimed tutors from 20 different countries make up an eclectic roster of disciplines. More information about this year’s offerings is available by visiting or calling +33 (0)5 45 30 65 57.

If you are interested in learning more about Fashion, Installation, or Performance at Boisbuchet, please consider the following workshops:
Soft Goods – Faye Toogood | 3-9 July | Fashion / Furniture / Sculpture / Installation
Designing An Encyclopedia Of Unique Objects – Mischer’traxler | 3-9 July | Installation / Product / Process
Mating Dance – Bart Hess | 17-23 July | Fashion / Materials / Zoology
Performance + Design – Andrew Ondrejcak | 24-30 July | Performance / Choreography
Making Flying Spaces – Numen/ For Use | 7-13 August | Installation / Material / Process

About Henrik Vibskov
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Vibskov has been described as a designer that “marches energetically to the beat of his own drum”, an allusion to not only his unique combination of modern and folk fashion trends and unique use and knowledge of fabrics, but also to his passion for drumming in which he tours with Danish band Trentemøller. Educated at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and currently a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine, the governing body for the French men’s fashion industry, Vibskov has two stores in Copenhagen and New York and his collections are sold through thoroughly selected shops across the globe.

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Doors Opening

The emotional, psychological and social aspects of doors have radical implications, material and immaterial.

Through an exploration of the spaces and materials in Boisbuchet’s buildings and architectural park you’ll create a variety of connecting passages: doors, bridges, curtains, windows, or any other kind of transition zone. However, your design process will be just as important as the final result. Both will enable you to understand, express and experience the qualities of transition as something fundamental for our relation with objects, people, space and ourselves.

Furniture and exhibition designer Philippe Nigro teams up for this workshop with curator and writer Earlwyn Covington to examine how different viewpoints rising from material and theory will operate at the same time and space.

PhilippeNigroByJaenRuizMercedes 복사본Philippe Nigro is an internationally acclaimed furniture and exhibition designer, characterized by a mix of prospective research and a pragmatic analysis of manufacturer’s know-how – a knowledge that allows him to navigate between different scales and design projects. Philippe is a Frenchman based between Paris and Milan and began his career alongside Michele De Lucchi in 1999. Since that time he has collaborated with Ligne Roset, Cinna, Barilla, Pernod-Ricard, De Castelli, Piba Marmi, Skitsch, Serralunga, Artuce, Glas Italia, Marsotto, Caimi Brevetti, Venini, Foscarini, DePadova, Baccarat, and Hermès. Some objects are part of museum collections including his “Twin-Chairs” & “T.U. table” at Centre Pompidou. In 2014, he was named Designer of the Year for Maison & Objet Paris, and at the same time did the exhibition design for the Triennale in Milan, Italian Design beyond the Crisis: Autarky, Austerity, Autonomy. 
In 2015 Nigro created for Lexus the scenography of the exhibition “A journey of the senses” on the occasion of Milano’s Salone del Mobile.

Writer, innovator and educator, Earlwyn Covington is an American based in Paris. He is a a visiting lecturer of humanities at art and design schools in France and abroad, regularly giving conferences on consumer culture, mass media and design at Sciences Po Paris, Geneva University of Art & Design, Museu de Arte Moderne Sao Paulo, Parsons-New School, Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, and Design Academy Eindhoven, amongst others. He also works as an editor, writer and curator for both the public and private sector in the hopes to explore the frontiers between art and design. He regulary collaborates with Maison & Objet and Paris Design Week and in 2012 co-founded the internationally acclaimed platform ‘thinking food design’ as well as recently the ‘collective 1992’, which generates multigenerational projects between architects, designers and artists from across the world.

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Space, Motion and Community

What aspects of design choreograph the body? How does movement inform the construction of space? And how do groups inhabit space to form a community? In this workshop, Jonah Bokaer and his associate guide a multi-disciplinary exploration of the ways in which built spaces describe and choreograph our bodies and how, in reverse, performance explores the environment.
With an accessible approach and after a physical warmup each day, we are going to design and build a physical place and analyse the structure and dramaturgy for a culminating performance, which we’ll present together on Friday evening at Boisbuchet.

Jonah_BokaerJonah Bokaer is an international choreographer, media artist, and artspace developer. His work, which integrates choreography with digital media, is often the result of his crossdisciplinary collaborations with artists and architects.
Bokaer is the author of numerous choreographies, films, motion capture works, interactive installations and mobile applications and his work has been produced in theaters throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Recent performances include two seasons at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (2011-2012), the 2012 Festival d’Avignon in France, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris, and the BAM Next Wave Festival 2012, for which he was commissioned for the inauguration of BAM Fisher, with artist Anthony McCall. Upcoming works include a commission from the Ludwig Museum of Budapest, BAM Next Wave Festival, and the inauguration of Frank Gehry’s newly designed LVMH Foundation in Paris.
Creating choreography for museum spaces since 2002, Bokaer’s work has been exhibited at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, P.S.1 MoMA, The New Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, as well as in The Asia Society Texas Center, Le Carré d’Art à Nîmes, IVAM Valencia, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, and MUDAM Luxembourg, among others. In
2008-2009 Bokaer became the first dance artist to be appointed a Young Leader of the French American Foundation, in acknowledgment of his efforts to develop Chez Bushwick, and CPR – Center for Performance Research, two independent arts centers which nurture young artists in New York City and internationally. Bokaer has collaborated with artists
including Daniel Arsham (2007-present), Anne Carson, Merce Cunningham, Robert Gober, Anthony McCall, Tino Sehgal, and Robert Wilson (2007-present). As choreographer for Robert Wilson, he has completed many operas including “Faust” (Polish National Opera), “Aïda” (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), “KOOL” (Japan/USA Guggenheim Works & Process), and “Fronteras” (IVAM Valenica), and “On The Beach” (Baryshnikov Arts Center). Bokaer was recently named one of ten American artists to receive a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant award for the development of his third mobile application, in partnership with Georgia Tech.

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Cooking, Eating & Designing

Food is an everyday necessity but in the last years, design has become an increasingly important factor within the food industry. In this workshop we will explore the world of cooking and eating through the eyes of designers and see how design can improve and affect this important business in a new, creative way.

sh profile pic1Born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1970. She graduated as an industrial designer from Istituto Europeo di Design, in Milan, Italy in 1994 and received Compasso D’Oro for her graduation project. After graduation she started her design company H&H in Iceland in 1995 and did projects for various different companies worldwide; from furniture to interior design to medical appliances. In 2000 she returned to Milan, Italy, to do her master’s degree at Domus Academy and continued working for H&H. In 2001, she began working for IKEA Sweden and designed products in all areas, from children’s furniture to breadbaskets. After being the design manager for Fritz Hansen, she now opened her own design studio. She also worked on projects with all the major international design schools: Eindhoven Design Academy, Royal College of Art in London, Domus in Milan, University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Parsons in New York, University of Shanghai, Marhi in Moscow and many others.
Her works have been displayed in various design museums and shows like the VIA gallery in Paris and featured in the 2004 Design Yearbook.

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Human Fur, Textiles, Design And Film

Participants in this workshop will research different types of animal skin. You’ll manipulate the characters of the skin while imitating it with all kinds of ‘pour’ material and explore different artisanal techniques.

Working directly on the body with these created materials, you’ll explore how to change the human silhouette into animalistic shapes. The end result is a short film where you’ll capture the new creatures.

Key in the workshop is working from your intuition and following your design instinct!

Bart_Hess_Portrait1Bart Hess (1984) explores several fields combining material studies, animation and photography in a surrealist manner. With his fascination for the human body and the manipulation of it, Hess pushes the boundaries of the textile design profession: his designs transcend the craft, as Hess chooses to extend them via other media such as film, photography and animation. His futuristic materials and textures blur the boundary between textile and skin, human and new species.

With his work Hess has obtained an independent position in the world of fashion, design and art. His list of international collaborations and clients include prestigious names such as Lady Gaga, Lucy McRae, Palais de Tokyo and Nick Knight.

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Lolly Follies – A Witch’s

In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or merely appearing to be so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or the class of building to which it belongs.

Working in collaboration with designer and sugar artist Fernando Laposse, Bethan will lead a workshop that explores the pattern, colour and architectural possibilities of sugar. Creating a stained glass sugar folly, participants will aim to tempt Hansel and Gretel back into the forest!

BETHANLAURAWOOD_Portrait2_Anthony Lycett self style project 2012_W 663pt x H 807 pt (+ 15 pt bleed)Bethan Laura Wood graduated with an MA in Product Design from the Royal College of Art, where she studied under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper. Since then, Bethan has undertaken residencies with London’s Design Museum, W Hotel Mexico city and worked in collaboration with artisans in Venice & Vicenza. Her work has been purchased by both Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains Lausanne and the ABET museum. Bethan regularly holds lectures and talks and currently teaches on the MA in Design and MA in Luxury at ECAL Switzerland.

Bethan’s work aims to rediscover, explore and celebrate different attributes and aspects of the “mundane”, combined with research into the constituent elements of a modern city. Often focusing on the pattern, colouration and patination of objects, the result of the making process and subsequent traces of usage.
Locality and Residency based projects have also become an important factor to her design process, often working in response to the area in which she resides. Be it collaborating directly with local manufacturing, or reflecting elements particular to that area within the work.
Bethan is fascinated by the connections we make with the objects that 
surround us and, as a collector herself, likes to explore what drives people to hold onto a particular object yet discard another.

In 2013, Bethan was announced as one of the winners of Designers of the Future Award sponsored by W Hotels, received the UK Ketel One Vodka modern craft legacy Prize and won Design Week’s rising star award. Bethan opened her first solo show at The Aram Gallery in collaboration with Nilufar Gallery, during the 2013 LDW week. The show has now been shortlisted in two categories for the Dulux colour awards 2014. Also, her collections Totem and Moon Rock were shortlisted for Product of the Year and Furniture of the year respectively in the London Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Awards 2012. Her most recent projects include set designs for Hermes UK, a collaboration with Kvadrat and installations at the Ace Hotel. Bethan’s work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the ICA, Serpentine Gallery, V&A Museum of Childhood, Geffrye Museum or Dutch Design Week 2014.

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Interact With Architecture

The aim of this workshop is to develop a series of objects that relate to the idea of built space. Objects that interact with specific architectural features such as, walls, corners, windows, to name just a few, or objects that can mediate the interior and exterior of an architectural construction.

MVB_portrait-PBTrained in IADE Lisbon and the Glasgow School of Art, Miguel Vieira Baptista combines since 2000 his main activity as a product designer with a host of projects in exhibition and interior design commissioned by clients like, experimentadesign and the Lisbon Fashion Week. He has also curated since then several design exhibitions like “Dieter Rams Haus” presented at the Centro Cultural de Belém, CCB in 2001. He juggles his design practise with lecturing the course of Industrial Design at ESAD-CR in Caldas da Rainha since 2000, or as a guest professor in 2010 at the ECAL, Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne in Switzerland. Attention to detail and
the juxtaposition between cultured and popular references lend charisma and depth to his designs, that range from limited editions for galleries like Lojada Atalaia, Cristina Guerra, Marz and Appleton Square, to objects released by brands like Asplund, Authentics, Kvadrat, Materia, Renova and Vista Alegre Atlantis. MVB’s designs have been exhibited around the world and are featured in the permanent collection of MUDE, Lisbon’s Museum of Design and Fashion. In 2013 he was awarded in Cologne with the Audi Mentor prize by A&W.

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The Man And The Tree

We want to look into the relation between man and nature. Nature has become cultural and culture has become natural. Cultivation of nature demands tools of different kinds.
Our approach is about being pragmatic, realistic or hopefully poetic while emphasising the importance of decisiveness, craftsmanship and material.

Profilbilde_740x500-550x371Andreas Engesvik has a Bachelors degree in Art History from the University of Bergen Norway (1991/1995). Andreas went on to study Design at the National College of Art and Design.

He graduated in 2000 with a Masters degree in Design and founded in the same year Norway Says. In 2009, after 6 successful years, as a company, Andreas Engesvik went solo and founded his new studio ANDREAS ENGESVIK, OSLO.

His studio is working in various fields of design ranging from furniture and tableware to industrial design for various international clients such as Iittala, Muuto, FontanaArte, Ligne Roset and Asplund.

Awards (a selection): Red Dot Award 2012 & 2014, Elle Decoration Award (Norway) – Furniture of the year 2013, Designer of the Year 2012 & 2013, Bo Bedre Magazine awards, ICFF Editors Award, best textile, New York 2013, Designer of the Year 2012, Elle Decoration Award, Oslo 2012, IF Product Design Award 2010, Wallpaper design Award 2009, (best light) 2009, Torsten & Wanja Søderberg Award, Sweden 2007, Wallpaper design Award 2004, (best sofa) 2004, The Bruno Mathsson Award, Sweden 2004.

Andreas Engesvik was in 2012 appointed as Guest Professor at The University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm.

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Contradiction and


In 2015, the Corning Museum of Glass comes back to Boisbuchet with its ‘GlassLab’ – this year directed by renowned designer and educator Josh Owen. The workshop provides a unique opportunity for exploring the endless creative possibilities that glass-making offers within its own strict constraints. While finding your own way how to deal with a material, that inevitably takes part in the design process, you’ll experience the fascinating contradictions of the hard and the liquid, the cold and the hot, the primal and precious.

Team work is key to this workshop in a double sense. One the one hand, a special focus is set combining your individual approaches into innovative communal solutions. On the other hand, ‘GlassLab’ is an intense team work already by definition, where you’ll be working closely with expert glassmakers from the Corning Museum of Glass in a fully containerized mobile glass making studio, which includes the entire glass making equipment and is operated with highly efficient energy consumption.

This workshop is intended to focus on glass design and participants will not be directly making glass themselves. Early booking is recommended, as the number of participants will be limited.

joshowen_headshotJosh Owen is the President of his independent design studio, Josh Owen LLC. He is also Professor and the Chair of the Industrial Design Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. He is intimately involved in developing programming across disciplinary lines, most notably under the umbrella of the newly formed Vignelli Center for Design Studies. Owen’s professional projects for international design brands are included in the permanent design collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Chicago Athenaeum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Denver Art Museum, the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Taiwan Design Museum in Taipei among others and have won many awards and have been published in numerous design related books, magazines and periodicals. Owen’s studio practice is located where he lives in a small village a few miles down the Erie Canal from his office at RIT.

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Sound – Body – Environment

Sound is a powerful media. It can be a way to communicate, and it can be the way to reveal an alternative perspective of our world. Moreover, physical and live experiences of sound can touch your heart directly and strongly. The aim of the workshop is to explore the alternative relationship between sound, body and environment through physical objects (large and small). The whole environment of Boisbuchet will be a trigger for the imagination. We will develop work whereby other people can share their sensations through your creations.

Shin Azumi_ Photo by Gavin MechaniquesShin Azumi was born in 1965 in Kobe (Japan). He studied product design at Kyoto City University of Art (Japan) and has a master degree from the Royal College of Art (UK). He started working in London as a design unit, AZUMI, in 1995. In 2005 he founded “a studio”, designing consumer products, furniture, lighting, and space design. In “a studio”, the projects proceed from observation in order to arrive at a pure idea and a clear solution, without neglecting the aspects of fun and functionality. Shin Azumi has won numerous prizes in Europe and Japan. His works have been featured in many exhibitions and are included in the collections of such institutions as the V&A Museum (UK), Stedelijk Museum (Holland) and Die Neue Sammlung (Germany).

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