15 – 16 – 17 – 18 April 2016

Domaine de Boisbuchet is happy to announce the lighting of its wood-fired Kiln for a weekend open to all.
We are inviting ceramists from all backgrounds to fire their own creations and share a their knowledge and crafts in Boisbuchet’s idyllic country estate.
Accommodation and food will be provided at the Domaine.

In September, 2009, a unique type of wood-fired kiln was constructed and lit at the Domaine de Boisbuchet. This kiln uses carbon-neutral waste wood fuel and can simultaneously fire ceramics and melt glass for glassblowing. The design references traditional wood-fired techniques and, at the same time, provides a contemporary sustainable approach to high temperature ceramics and glass production.

Ceramic firing is free for all but participation in keeping the fire alive during the weekend will be appreciated

Accomodation & Food (student prices_regular prices):
Night in shared rooms: 15€/night_20€/night
Continental breakfast (generous): 5€_8€
Lunch: 12€_16€
Dinner: 15€_21€

Booking and info:
+33 (0) 5 45 89 67 00



L’exposition “Formes nues”, design domestique et aluminium au Japon (1910 – 1960) à la Maison de l’architecture Poitou-Charentes présente une collection mise à disposition par le Domaine de Boisbuchet à Lessac en Charente.

Pour cet événement, la scénographie est inspirée de la Kyakuden de Boisbuchet, maison traditionnelle japonaise datant de 1860 qui a été offerte et importée au Domaine en 2008.

L’exposition est organisée en partenariat avec la Ville de Poitiers, Les Beaux-arts-Le Miroir et la Maison de l’Architecture Poitou-Charente.



This spring, Naked Shapes, Boisbuchet’s exhibition presenting Japanese domestic and aluminium objects from 1910 to 1960 will be on display at the Maison de l’Architecture in Poitiers from March 26th until July 30th.

The scenography for the exhibition is inspired by the Boisbuchet’s Kyakuden, a traditional japanese guesthouse guesthouse  dating from the 1860’s that was  imported in the Domaine in 2008.

The exhibition is organised in partnership with the Ville de Poitiers, Les Beaux-arts-Le Miroir and La Maison de l’Architecture Poitou-Charente.


Cinema, Design and

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Designing the fiction of reality: A collective film about design and architecture.

Time, space and architecture will become the main characters of a collective film that will be conceived and produced during the workshop. For this, the participants will design together a narrative that explores the boundaires of fiction and fact.

The collective film will be constructed as an assamblage of fragments in a cooperative creative process. The participants will exercise different creative techniques for the construction of audiovisual narratives, exploring the interaction in between film, architecture and design. As part of the collective narrative, different audio, video and light installations will be installed in the site.

 Mauricio Freyre PortraitMauricio Freyre, born in Lima, Peru. He studied Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Architecture at the University Ricardo Palma in Lima. He has developed his career between the disciplines of architecture, design, photography and audiovisual arts. His work researches different ways of representing the city, architecture and the design itself, using arts, cinema and photography as a medium for experimentation. In 2010 he opens his own studio RIEN as a platform to research and produce audiovisual content on architecture, design and urbanism.

His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and festivals such as: Tent Gallery in Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Fundación Telefónica in Lima, Nederlands Film Festival Utrecht, Amsterdam Filmmuseum, etc. Part of his work is dedicated into the academic field, giving lectures, workshops and seminars in different institutions and universities. Currently he is a visitor teacher at The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design in the Delft and the IED Design Institute in Madrid.

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Cinema and Design

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Cinema is made by ideas, narratives, objects, machines characters, actions, dialogs, sounds and spaces which are structures in a time line. The focus of this workshop is to design a cinematic experience in space, exploring the representation in cinema and the medium itself.

We will exercise the design of film narratives and the creation of characters and actions and at the same time design objects that interact with these narratives through light, sound and the moving image in space. The final exercise will be a combined film installation and performance.

“The thing that matters is not what they show me but what they hide from me and, above all, what they do not suspect is in them.” Robert Bresson

Mauricio Freyre, born in 1976, studied fine arts at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, architecture, and photography at Centro de la Fotografía in Lima, Peru.
Freyre works internationally as photographer and director for artistic videos, commercial clips, and cultural documentation on design, architecture and urbanism. He tutored workshops on audiovisual narration for designers at IED, Madrid, and at Teatro Municipal in Lima, as well as a sound workshop at Stedelijk Musueum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His works were shown in numerous exhibitions and film festivals such as 2010 the Alterpolis con Ecosistema Urbano at Espacio Matadero in Madrid, in 2008 at the Nederlands Film Festival in Utrecht and at the 2007 Tent Academy Awards Tour to Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam, Luxemburg and Istanbul.

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The Nameless Structure

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For this workshop we are going to use a whole pile of building garbage: all kinds of construction leftovers from the current works at Boisbuchet as well as those things, which had been unused and forgotten all these past years – stuff from the junkyard, which is certainly cheap or strange but enough to build a small pavilion, a shelter.

In the very beginning I am going to show you a small presentation about this kind of architecture – examples of my own work and similar things – a short lecture. Then we are cataloging in a simple book all the materials we can use with a short description and raw drawings of every piece. Given this catalog we’ll discuss a structure that we want to build, find a site that fits our idea and altogether create a first rough design. Based on this sketch we are going to errect this structure – maybe including doors and windows and maybe even some furniture – in order to create a holistic experience that includes light, air, humidity etc.

We are going to build our structure on the chosen site by using screws, nails, wire or glue but under two important conditions:
1) We neither cut nor elsewise change the pieces and just connect them.
2) We are obliged to use all the pieces we have – no garbage left!

During this process and until the object is completed all our sketches and photographs are included in our “Book of materials”.

On Friday night we are going to celebrate this work with a party inside our building!

Alexander Brodsky was educated at the Moscow Architecture Institute where he graduated in 1978. Brodsky’s first encounter with the public eye was during the late 1970s. He was a key member of the paper architects (visionary architecture), and furthermore, worked alongside Ilya Utkin in his etchings of distorted cityscapes. Paper architecture was a response to state sanctioned architecture that consisted of standardised and often poorly constructed buildings, which imbued their environments with a communist aesthetic. Such a response allowed paper architects to retreat into their imaginations and defy uniform Soviet architecture through vivid depictions of constructivism, deconstructivism and postmodernism. According to Anna Sokolina, paper architects rose to prominence within the Western world as many of their works won prestigious awards in professional competitions and helped to shape an understanding of Russian modern and postmodern architecture. Scholarship has shown that the whimsical and constructivist etchings of Brodsky and Utkin translate mere illustrations into narratives through the introduction of human characters. These were narratives that voiced man’s alienation within the urban world and provided a commentary on the loss of Moscows historical architectural heritage.

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Controlling Space

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For this workshop, Alexandros and Ben will look back on 10 years of UVA and invite a series of discussions stemming from some of the reoccurring themes, mediums and processes in their work. They will talk about the studio’s use of light and sound as formable materials to manipulate space and explore ideas of perception, time, synthesised experiences and the role of technology in our lives.

The workshop provides a great excuse for Alexandros and Ben to dig through the studio’s archive and rediscover what’s been piling up over the years. Armed with some technology from UVA’s previous works, participants in the workshop will have the chance to get their hands dirty and experiment themselves. Hopefully the sun will be shining and we can find a nice balance of making, talking, and sitting around staring at the sky.

United Visual Artists (UVA) is a London based art practice that combines a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and architecture. The studio has an open approach to collaboration, uniting diverse skills to continuously evolve new technologies and materials, which in turn suggest new artistic directions.

The studio’s lines of enquiry include the tension between real and synthesized experiences – the questioning of our relationship with technology, and the creation of phenomena that transcend the purely physical. In all their work, they aim to distill complexity down to its essence. Based in London, UVA was founded in 2003 by Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru.

United Visual Artists have been commissioned by Artwise Curators, The Creators Project, La Gaite Lyrique, National Maritime Museum, Opera North, Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum, Manchester International Festival, The Serpentine Gallery and YCAM Japan. Their work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries including the South Bank Centre, the Wellcome Collection and The British Library. Internationally UVA have shown in Barcelona, Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, New York, Paris, São Paulo, St. Petersburg, Taipei and Tokyo.

Their designs for live performance have led to commissions for venues such as the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, Serpentine Gallery and Madison Square Garden in New York. In 2007, UVA’s responsive light and sound sculpture Volume won a yellow pencil at the D&AD awards, and featured in the London Design Museum’s ‘Design of the Year’ show in 2008. Speed of Light was nominated for ‘Design of the Year’ in 2010, and High Arctic nominated in 2011. UVA were awarded a distinction for their kinetic installation Chorus at the 2010 edition of Prix Arts Electronica. In 2011, Speed of Light was awarded a Creative Review Annual and listed in the Annual as ‘Best in Book’.

Currently working on their new installation “Momentum” for the Barbican Curve Gallery and a solo show at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne which opens in April 2014, UVA will also be exhibiting in the Barbican’s major summer exhibition Digital Revolution 2014.


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Comfort, Food & Wood

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Comfort, Food & Wood The outcome of this creative collision is highly unpredictable! With wood as our main material, comfort and food as the main topics, and through various experimental processes, we are going to create objects and experiences while exploring the relations of all these ingredients.

Studio Rygalik (PL) 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 was born in Lodz in 1976. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz for two years and then graduated from Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York (1999 BA/Hons). After his studies he worked with several design companies in New York city and the area – consulting for clients including Kodak, Polarioid, Mtv, Perkinelmer, Dentsply, Unilever, Dupont etc. In 2003 he came to the Royal College of Art for post graduate studies (2005 MA RCA). After graduating from the RCA, he joined the RCA stuff as a research associate and established his own design practice in both London and Lodz. From 2008 he teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts (PG13 platform) and from 2009 is based in Warsaw. 2010-2012 he was the art director of Comforty – the leading polish furniture brand.

Gosia Rygalik was born in 1982 in Warsaw. She graduated from the Design Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA). She also studied at the Danmarks Designskole and worked with 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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Mobile City

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‘Vernacular design’ points to a form of design that is very much of the place and that has developed according to the localised needs, available skills and materials. Vernacular design is often spontaneous and improvisational and reflects the environmental, cultural and historical context.

Taking inspirations from the various vernacular designs around the world, we will create a ‘Mobile City’, a movable small scale architecture which offers trade in goods or services, using the grounds at Boisbuchet as a starting point and an experimental platform from which a new micro city can emerge.

The workshop will culminate in an eclectic range of stalls to form a night-market.

Studio Swine (UK) is co-founded by Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves. Azusa graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Alexander from the Ruskin School of Fine Art Oxford before both gaining an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art. Studio Swine explores design through material innovation and creating new sustainable systems whilst placing an equal importance on aesthetics, believing that desire is the greatest agent of change.

Operating in the fields of design, fashion & architecture, Studio Swine has worked with Veuve Clicquot, Heineken, Unilever & Droog. Studio Swine has run workshops at the Design Museum and talked at TED as well as exhibiting at the Barbican, V&A, New York & London Fashion Week, Gwangju Biennale and Shanghai Design Expo.

Swine has received international awards including the Gold Prize at BIO23 Biennale of Design Slovenia, Wallpaper* Design Award, nominated for Designs of the Year Award 2013 at the Design Museum London and recently awarded the Global Winner of Public Interest Design.


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Paper and Stone

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Paper and stone have properties that are contradicting: the one is light, translucent and manipulable, the other is heavy, opaque and resistant. Using these simple materials, we ask participants to create objects – personal utensils or gifts for the surrounding landscape which celebrate these contradictions. Your results might take form as pieces of furniture, accessories, a new space or a wearable architecture.

Sponsor for this workshop is the Italian paper company Fedrigoni.

Tomoko Azumi graduated with a BA in Environmental Design at Kyoto City University of Art in 1989, worked for architectural practices and moved to London in 1992. After graduating with an MA in Furniture Design from Royal College of Art in 1995, she started the partnership-studio AZUMI in London, showed their works in several exhibitions and began working for international clients such as Lapalma (Italy), Authentics (Germany), Habitat (UK) and Muji (Japan).

In 2005, she set up her own practice, TNA Design Studio, in London. Since then she has continued to work for furniture and lighting manufacturers as well as designing exhibitions and site specific pieces, together with a team that shares her philosophy and aesthetics. Their latest projects include furniture for The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Hexad tables for Rocket Gallery and Benchmark Furniture (UK), the Little Woods lamp for Maxray (Japan), and the AT-AT writing bureau for Röthlisberger (Switzerland). Mrs. Azumi is also involved in group exhibitions with design collective TEN in order to raise discussions on environmental issues in design industries.

Tomoko Azumi’s works are in various public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK), the Crafts Council (UK) and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

She is Project Tutor for Design Products at Royal College of Art (London) since 2005 and on the Judging panel of the Good Design Award (JIDPO) in Japan since 2007. She was a jury team member at Cologne’s IMM Design Award and on the 100% Design London selection board in 2010.


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