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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Contradiction and

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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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Human Fur, Textiles, Design And Film

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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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Interact With Architecture

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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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Doors Opening

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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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Between Spaces

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Connecting with a large number and variety of individuals, interacting and sharing thoughts and ideas – all that seems to be easier now than ever before. Technology and the modern lifestyle blur the definitions of private and public spaces. Handheld devices can create a virtual bubble around their users, simultaneously connecting and disconnecting them from the wider world. How do these circumstances affect the integrity of social qualities, should we re-socialize, and if so, how?

Space-dividers such as screens, walls, fences, ditches etc. are usually seen as separations of one side from the other. However, at the same time they also define each other and create identities here and there. Our workshop is going to investigate this double-function – whether physical, psychological, acoustical, visual or even virtual. Together we will analyse our surroundings, identify the needs of individuals as well as groups, and finally invent, construct and experience exciting new solutions.

BCXSY_portrait_by_Tatiana-Uzlova_01-730x485BCXSY is an Amsterdam-based interdisciplinary cooperative between designers Boaz Cohen (Israel, 1978) and Sayaka Yamamoto (Japan, 1984). Established in early 2007, BCXSY continues to carry out a wide range of projects, both in The Netherlands and abroad. Offering a balanced combination of two unique talents, the studio delivers one distinct narrative that is characterized by an emphasis on personal experience, human interaction and emotional awareness. The artful intertwining of the specific and boutique with the universal and commercial is the hallmark of the BCXSY design experience.

Over the past years, BCXSY has gained international notoriety and recognition for their dedication to socially responsive projects. Their award-winning work has been featured at some of the world’s most prestigious design events and continues to capture the attention of international galleries and museums, including the acquisition of the Join screens by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the In Between glassware by the Shanghai Glass Museum, and the commissioned work, New Perspectives, by the TextielMuseum in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

With an approach that is playfully deliberate, BCXSY never fails to surprise and inspire. By collaborating with a variety of craft workshops and commercial initiatives, BCXSY creates products that are infused with context and beauty.

Through their continued participation in international workshops, residencies and lectures, BCXSY has become a leader in the most current design forums and discussions. They bring a wit, purity and uniqueness to the modern design community and continue to carve out their place amongst today’s most influential design studios.

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Sound – Body – Environment

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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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Table, Food & Wood

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In this workshop we want to explore new ways of dining and therefore create a unique experience in the magical landscape of Boisbuchet. The goal is to add another landmark to the map of the Domaine by providing a comfortable space which allows casual meetings and gather people around food.

DSC_9334_Comfort Food & Wood_0607014_CarloCialli_©BoisbuchetStudio Rygalik was established in 2006 by Tomek Rygalik. For the first two years it functioned between London and Lodz, Tomek’s hometown. Since 2009 the Studio is based in Warsaw.
This is when Gosia Rygalik joined the team to become a partner in 2012. Studio Rygalik develops a wide variety of comprehensive projects. The focus is on furniture, products and spaces.
The scope is wide – from design, development and implementation of new products to site-specific installations and production of limited editions, as well as objects, dining experiences and workshops that explore the relations of design, food and eating. The team remains on the fringe of distinctly commercial activities, while engaging in cultural practices and building its experimental identity. The work includes projects for ABR, Absolut, Artek, Bozar, Comforty, Dupont/Corian, Heal’s, Heineken, Ideal Standard, Iker, Moroso, Noti, Pfleiderer, ProfiM, Siemens and EU Presidency. Over the last few years the work was exhibited in Berlin, Frankfurt, Lodz, London, Milan, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Poznan, Warsaw, Valencia and Vienna. It was also published internationally in magazine articles and press features, including Icon, Interni, Wallpaper, Experimenta, Blueprint, New York Times and Financial Times.

Tomek Rygalik (born in Lodz in 1976) is a designer, curator and educator with Ph.D in Industrial Design.
He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz, and graduated from Industrial Design at Pratt Institute (1999 BID). Then worked with design companies in New York, consulting for international clients. After graduating from the Royal College of Art. in 2005 (MA), he joined the RCA stuff as a Research Associate and established Studio Rygalik in both UK and Poland. Since 2005 he designs for companies including Moroso, Ideal Standard, Siemens, Heineken and Ikea.
He leads a design course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (PG13). From 2010 he also
provides creative direction for leading polish furniture brands including Comforty and Paged.

Gosia Rygalik (born in Warsaw in 1982) graduated from the Design Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA). She also studied at the Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen and worked with a design studio in Copenhagen. During the studies in Warsaw she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs, exhibiting, organizing and taking part in design workshops and competitions as well as industry supported projects. Her MA studies were focused on experiencing food. The relationship between design and food is an important field of her theoretical research as well as design practice. In 2009 she joined Studio Rygalik to become a partner in 2012.

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Micro Architecture In Nature

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As much as you will be fascinated by the beautiful environment at Boisbuchet, in the end there might be fewer ways of actually perceiving it than what you might expect. In our workshop we will think about and create micro-architecture in nature – something more substantial than furniture yet smaller than a hut – which will serve as an object to experience in a more lively way the natural beauty of Boisbuchet.

Go Hasegawa - PhotoBorn in Saitama in 1977, Go Hasegawa is a Tokyo-based architect. In 2002, he graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology with a masters in engineering and after working at Taira Nishizawa Architects, he established Go Hasegawa & Associates in 2005. He was a visiting lecturer at Tokyo Institute of Technology as well as a visiting professor at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway. Hasegawa has received numerous awards such as “Shinkenchiku Prize 2008” and “AR Design Vanguard 2014”. His first monograph “Go Hasegawa Works” was successfully published (TOTO Publisher, 2012), and his most recent publication, entitled “Go Hasegawa: Conversations with European Architects” is due to be released this year (LIXIL Publisher, 2015).

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Tap-Dori – Our Patchwork Pagoda

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Today’s globalized world challenges any community which is based on a shared place, belief or history. Therefore design should find out how similarities and differences in a community are connected. This workshop uses global and local contexts and tries to weave something ‘glocal.’

The Hindu or Buddhist pagoda architecture, which originally represents a sacred mountain, shall serve as our workshop community’s framework. We are going to animate this structure with each participant’s patchwork, learning from the traditional Korean Jogak-bo textile that women created from discarded fragments of cloth and other material. But we are going to extend this concept and integrate whatever material is at hand in two- and three-dimensional designs. The different patches shall preserve each participant’s culture and ultimately inspirit our simple pagoda environment.

Chang Eung-BokAs a commercial designer, creator Chang Eung Bok(장응복)  has produced fabrics with popular appeal and created spaces with those textiles through Mono Collection. Her career developed over diverse genres including architecture, interior design, styling and fabric dressing. Through her experience, Chang gained a new appreciation and understanding of fabrics and light, the property, function, surface and feel of textile, which simultaneously fostered a unique approach to space. Inspired by her collection of Korean antique furniture, she began producing simple, yet beautifully functional furniture and homeaccessories.
Her furniture and textile products showcased through promotions and exhibitions are tested through the market that is Mono Collection. Chang plans to display even more experimental and spatial works this year.

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