So far my idea

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Dates: 28 August – 03 September 2016
Tutor(s): Cecilia Andersson + Mathias Schwartz-Clauss
Type of workshop: Curating
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Our workshop invites designers, curators, scenographers and artists to experiment in story-telling on the topic of design. Together we will identify possible presentations by establishing a theme (shoes, dreams, wood…), an audience (visitors to an event or exhibition, our families, the neighbours…) and the purpose (education, community, entertainment…). The various ways to articulate a presentation will be divided into tasks for individuals and teams. We are going to work physically with any material Boisbuchet has to offer and by intellectually consulting our memory, logic, intuition and phantasy as well as exhibitions, books, films, nature and in discussion with the people around us. Let’s find out how to generate knowledge, embody ideas, relate them to aesthetics and examine our values.

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About Cecilia & Mathias

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Cecilia Andersson (born in Stockholm in 1961) is curator at Bildmuseet in Umeå, Sweden. She studied photography at ICP in New York and holds a masters degree in curating at Goldsmiths college, London. In 2003 she initiated Werk in Liverpool, a platform for discussing the changing role of the artist in contexts of urban regeneration. Her interests today are primarily concerned with the social function of art and include co-creation processes, interdisciplinary approaches and contextual challenges in terms of communication and presentation of artists’ works.
She has lived and worked in a number of countries, among them Spain, Great Britain, United States and Lebanon. Her writing has been published extensively in various international journals, magazines and artists’ catalogues.

team-mathias-schwartz-clauss_cropMathias Schwartz-Clauss (born in Düsseldorf in 1964) is an art historian and curator. He studied art history and philosophy at Universität Trier and Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. From 1992 until 2013 he was curator at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and in charge of numerous internationally travelling exhibitions and catalogues such as The World of Charles and Ray Eames, the first Ron Arad retrospective, Frank Lloyd Wright – The Living City, Living in Motion, Jean Prouvé – Poetics of the Technical Object, Antibodies – The Works of Fernando and Humberto Campana, The Essence of Things, or Pop Art Design. Since 2013 he is responsible for workshops, exhibitions and the architectural park at Domaine de Boisbuchet in France. His special interests are aimed at the human condition and the intersection of design and art.

Turn the Dark Off

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Dates: 28 August – 03 September 2016
Tutor(s): Stuart Haygarth
Type of workshop: Material / Lighting
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Using Boisbuchet’s material treasures which are hidden in nature or forgotten in the workshop’s storage, we are going to experiment with a mix of natural and industrial materials to create plenty of unique chandeliers that are lit with a single light bulb only.

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About Stuart

Stuart_015-f2Elevating the commonplace or discarded object is a central tenant of Haygarth’s work. His exquisite designs and installations have employed the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life – from man made debris washed up on the seashore to thousands of salvaged prescription spectacles. Creating order and symmetry out of randomness and waste, his work is as much about the process of collecting and collating materials as the elevation of these materials to objects of value or beauty. By constructing narratives about time, loss, abandonment, and modernity, these human aspects attached to the chosen objects are an integral part and driving force within the work. As he has said, ‘My work revolves around everyday objects, often collected in large quantities, categorized and presented in such a way that they are given new meaning. It is about banal and overlooked objects gaining new significance’.

Layer by Layer
Building with Erosion

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Dates: 28 August – 03 September 2016
Tutor(s): Timur Ersen
Type of workshop: Architecture / Adobe
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

In this workshop we are going to design and build a rammed-earth wall together. We’ll all get physically involved and feel how much energy is needed to build a wall by taking the most common material, earth (eroded material), and compress that in a formwork – layer after layer. Right after taking off the formwork the whole process becomes apparent in the wall’s beautiful structure. It will stay rough, face the weather and thus get eroded to an anticipated point called « calculated erosion ».

Besides the physical and aesthetical aspect of this exercise, we will talk a lot about its potential in nowadays architecture and see how contemporary craftsmen and architects are using it to propose solutions that are as sustainable as they are beautiful.

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About Timur

Profil-pictureTimur Ersen is a French / Turkish architect. He studied at the School of Architecture of Lyon as well as at the EPFL (Federal Polytechnical School of Lausanne). After graduating in architecture, he worked eight months as worker for the visionary rammed-earth craftsman Martin Rauch. Within Rauch’s team, he worked especially on the Ricola Herb Center designed by Herzog & De Meuron near Basel, which is now the biggest contemporary rammed-earth building in Europe. After working six months as an architect with Anna Heringer in Germany, he went to Mexico to design and build his first project in the tropical forest of Oaxaca. This small permaculture workspace won the Blue Award 2014 and has been shorlisted in the European Price of Architecture Philippe Rotthier.

Since 2 years, Timur Ersen runs his own pactise as architect and craftsman in Turkey, proposing constructions that are based on local resources regarding material, craftsmanship and energy.

Creative Collision

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Dates: 21 – 27 August 2016
Tutor(s): Studio Rygalik
Type of workshop: Product
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Creative Collision is about synergies in the creative process. With participants coming from multiple cultural backgrounds we are going to combine the different perspectives, competences and skills in order to create a new kind of quality. Working with this unique construction method will allow us free experimentation and building.

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About Tomek & Gosia

Gosia&Tomek_Rygalik_E_Winczyk_5653_HiresStudio 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 a Ph.D. in Industrial Design. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz and graduated from Industrial Design at Pratt Institute (1999 BID). He 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 staff 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 Iker. Besides leading a design course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (PG13), since 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 her 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 and design practice.

Moving Light

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Dates: 21 – 27 August 2016
Tutor(s): Moritz Waldemeyer
Type of workshop: Light
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

The workshop introduces participants into the world of programmable LEDs (Neopixels and similar) and their use in objects, installations and photography. The course is suitable for beginners but some knowledge of Arduino programming is clearly an advantage. In any case: please bring a laptop.

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About Moritz

_N3A8509Moritz Waldemeyer is an internationally renowned designer based in London. His work occupies a diverse range of creative spaces, from art and product design through to fashion and entertainment. Originally from Halle, East Germany, Moritz moved to London in 1995 to study engineering at Kings College. He completed his Mechatronics master’s degree in
2001 before making his debut into the design world with an interactive chandelier for Swarovski and Ron Arad. Following his early collaborative work for the likes of Hussein Chalayan and Zaha Hadid, Moritz soon established himself as an independent designer. He held his first two exhibitions Electric Kid and By Royal Appointment between 2006 and 2007. A year later, Moritz exhibited in MoMA’s Design & the Elastic Mind exhibition. In 2013 his lighting installation ‘My New Flame’, developed for Ingo Maurer, was unveiled as part of MoMA’s permanent collection. Moritz founded his own Studio in 2004, enabling him to work on large-scale, independent projects. The Studio was built on a philosophy of playful experimentation by forging links between technology, art, fashion and design. This approach has resulted in a number of bespoke installations for Audi, Bombay Sapphire and Microsoft, as well as a series of eccentric LED-embedded hats designed in collaboration with Philip Treacy. The studio has also made its mark in the music industry by creating high-tech, lightstudded costumes for the likes of U2, Rihanna, and the London Olympics Handover Ceremony performers. Moritz acts as head designer in everything the studio undertakes, crafting his signature aesthetic into each piece.

Finding Form

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Dates: 21 – 27 August 2016
Tutor(s): Franziska Kessler + Torsten Neeland
Type of workshop: Design / Yoga
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

This workshop is about design and yoga – and thus an experiment on creativity.
Yoga apparently is about “being” while design entails “making”. Yoga basically tries to reach us inside whereas design directs our energy towards something outside ourselves.
But design and yoga essentially follow the same principles of form and finding: they both aim for structure, rhythm and order. While design aims to develop forms that encompass ideas, yoga combines physical excercise with meditation and translates matter into patterns of energy.
The workshop will introduce and practice methods of product design and Kundalini Yoga, thus allowing participants to explore new ways of developing things, procedures and themselves.
On a material side our focus lies on food related objects – objects that we can use in order to harvest, prepare or serve vegetarian food. In the meantime, yoga’s spiritual and physical exercises broaden our experience and connect our energy beyond the usual limitations of body and soul.
Together, yoga and design shall reach beyond egocentric ambitions and search for truth and harmony within a universe of possibilities.

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About Franziska & Torsten

Franziska_Kessler_Kirtan Kriya webFranziska Kessler’s professional history in the area of design is manifold. As a former lifestyle professional for magazines such as Vogue and Elle, she is currently working as an internationally acclaimed design expert, gallerist and interior designer. Yoga is an integral part of her life. It means a completion and reinforcement of one’s bodily and mental abilities. In the combination of modern yoga and creativity she sees an enhanced potential in all that one undertakes. What began as a rather private concern with Yoga, soon brought insights that resulted in a professional commitment to it. She now regularily leads Yoga classes in Switzerland. Franziska was trained by worldwide known Kundalini teacher Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and her husband Gurushabd. Like them, her teaching is deeply inspired by the promise of the spirit and the technique of Yogi Bhajan. She also continues to study on an advanced level with Gurmukh and the Indian Reiki master Maa Gyaan Suveera.

1-Portrait-Torsten-NeelandTorsten Neeland was born in Hamburg, Germany. Following his studies in Industrial Design at the College of Fine Art in Hamburg, Torsten Neeland set up his office for Industrial and Interior Design in London in 1997, where he now lives and works, establishing Torsten Neeland Studio for Industrial and Interior Design. He has been developing his design experience with a particular focus on contemporary design from corporate interior branding to product design for manufacturers such as Audi, Dornbracht, Yohji Yamamoto, Donna Karan Home, and Magazin. His work has been widely published in national and international press and is featured in several product and interior design books. The design appoach is clear and direct, as the design style. He believes that simplicity is very often a result of a complex process and the work being carried in the office is very much related to interdisciplinary thinking.

Furniture that transforms space

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Dates: 14 – 20 August 2016
Tutor(s): Muller Van Severen
Type of workshop: Design / Furniture
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

When we think of making furniture, space is always very important. We want to explore dimensions, both in the piece itself as well as in the compositions we make.
We try to involve walls, ceilings and floors, but also respect the empty parts. And when we think of making a chair, we also think of a table and a lamp etc. We try to create a world and not just an element. However, the elements of this world should be small worlds themselves – like little architectures.

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About Muller Van Severen

portretMullervanseverenFien Muller and Hannes Van Severen are both artists but their collection sits somewhere between art and design: it is obviously ‘furniture’ but the emphasis is not completely concentrated on function and suggests different ways of living and the use of space – an uncanny twist on universal forms. Fien Muller’s photography is suggestive of someone who considers everything in her daily life to be up for participation in a theatre of her compositions where it is not so much the qualities of an individual object that are important, but what happens when that object is introduced to another. Her sense of colour is likewise extraordinary and features odd combinations with always a harmonious result. Hannes’ work is often the other way around: the familiar becomes absurd in a sense that it loses it’s function and turns irrational, such as a staircase laid on its side and going nowhere or a closet that was pushed through the circular saw and lost its balance. Since 2011, Muller van Severen’s collaborative work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Europe and the USA and is widely published in magazines and online publications on art as well as on design.

Weird World

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Dates: 14 – 20 August 2016
Tutor(s): Peter Marigold
Type of workshop: Product / Material
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

In this workshop we will be working with unusual materials… weird materials… materials that have potential which perhaps have not found a use in the wider world. How can a formless, undefined material become inspiration for a greater design concept? Can we work together to develop and refine ideas based around such materials? From small acorns grow tall oak trees!

peter_PHOTO_LUCAS-HARDONKPeter Marigold is a designer and maker of objects. After completing the M.A. Design Products course at the RCA he established his studio concentrating on a wide variety of objects including furniture, products and interiors.  
Working with both galleries and manufacturers his work is exhibited internationally including the MoMA New York, Design Museum Holon (Israel), Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and 21_21 Design Sight (Tokyo). Recent commissions include projects for Bloomberg, The Museum of Childhood (London), Oyuna (Mongolian Cashmere), and a porcelain collection for Meissen (Germany)
Following a workshop at  Boisbuchet he launched the highly successful product FORMcard on Kickstarter that was funded by 816% with more than 2000 backers. This has gone on to be widely internationally distributed.

Hygroscopic Aggregate Structure

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Dates: 14 – 20 August 2016
Tutor(s): Karola Dierichs + Achim Menges – Institute for Computational Design (ICD) Stuttgart
Type of workshop: Computational Design / Architecture
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Our workshop introduces participants to the notion of designed matter and teaches digital construction techniques which are gentle and non-invasive to the surrounding environment. Participants get an overview of the theoretical foundations of designed matter proposing a transition from machinic processes of architectural production towards a material intelligence: the material in and of itself becomes the machine.

The Hygroscopic Aggregate Structure will be made of hygroscopic actuated particles and locally found wood branches. It will be constructed, modulated or scanned by robots. The structure will be the first full-scale realization of a granular material system that uses the innate capacity of wood to change form under changing humidity conditions.

Designers from all disciplines can participate as the workshop touches on a wide range of skills, interests and scales. It will be conducted in an explorative and hands-on manner. Prior knowledge in robotics and programming or scripting is not required.

The workshop draws from two main research fields currently conducted in the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart: aggregate architectures and hygroscopic materials. The field of aggregate architectures deals with the use of loose granular materials as an architectural construction system. The field of hygroscopic materials investigates how hygroscopic behavior in wood can be programmed for controlled geometric shape change in architectural elements.

Workshop Tutors
Karola Dierichs, Achim Menges
with Dylan Wood, Ondrej Kyjanek, Leyla Yunis
Scientific Development
Karola Dierichs, Dylan Wood
with David Correa, Matthias Helmreich
Robotic System Development
Ondrej Kyjanek with Martin Loucka
Project Coordination
Karola Dierichs with Leyla Yunis
Research Assistants
Miguel Aflalo, Martin Alvarez, Christian Arias, Pedro Giachini, Jasmin Sadegh, Alexander Wolkow
Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction
Domaine de Boisbuchet

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About Karola & Achim

ICD_KaroalDierichs_PortraitKarola Dierichs is an architect, researcher and tutor at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) with Professor Achim Menges, University of Stuttgart.
She has been educated at the Technical University of Braunschweig, the ETH Zurich and the Architectural Association (AA) in London and has graduated from the Emergent Technologies and Design Program with Distinction in 2009. She has been teaching at the Architectural Association in London, the Städelschule Architecture Class in Frankfurt and the Institute for Computational Design in Stuttgart.
At the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) Karola Dierichs is leading the research field of aggregate architectures, where she is developing synthetic granular materials as designed matter in architecture. Among others her recent work has been recognized with the Holcim Acknowledgement Award Europe 2014.
ICD_AchimMenges_PortraitAchim Menges is a registered architect and professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design. He also is Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
He graduated with honours from the AA School of Architecture in London where he subsequently taught as Studio Master of the Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Program, as visiting professor and as Unit Master of Diploma Unit 4.
Achim Menges practice and research focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing. His projects and design research has received many international awards, has been published and exhibited worldwide, and form parts of several renowned museum collections, among others, the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.


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Dates: 07 – 13 August 2016
Tutor(s): Charlie Le Mindu + Stéphane Margolis
Type of workshop: Hair / Ikebana / Costume / Performance
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

In this workshop, participants learn from hair haute couture and the art of Ikebana in order to create wild costumes that oscillate between plants, furniture, sculpture and installation.
All designs will be combined into large scale experimental tableaux that will come to life in a Grand Finale Friday Show.

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About Charlie and Stéphane

IMG_3426[1]Charlie Le Mindu is a French-born hairstylist and headpiece designer, now based in London. After studying at the French Hair Academy, Le Mindu went on to establish himself as ‘Resident Hairdresser’ at Berlin nightclubs White Trash, RIO Club and Barbie Deinhoff’s after performing a series of ‘Live Cuts’. Le Mindu now operates a salon from his East London home, and regular clientele include Carri Mundane, Peaches and Jodie Harsh. A regular contributer to Vogue Russia, Elle and French Vogue, Le Mindu launched his first wig collection in February 2009 and has shown as part of London Fashion Week.

Stéphane MargolisStéphane Margolis’ creations, conceived like chimeras – fresh plants and flowers displayed and transformed with mineral and artifical matter – appear into our world like strange and ominous creatures. Half-way between vegetation, animal and voodoo dolls, their perishable frailness is captured and frozen by photography and is brought to us in a powerful evocation of a dying planet – a preoccupying theme for the artist, who grew up in the horticultural region of Hyères in the South of France, amidst lush flower plantations and tropical trees. His training in the traditionnal japanese floral art of Ikebana has given him a sense of the sacred and that of a milenary discipline, alongside the humour of occidental surrealism. If nature, since mankind began, has moulded humanity, Margolis takes this process in reverse and freezes the living in a never-ending moment of grace. As an artist conscious of his time, his creations pursue the idea of beauty and alert us : the world is dying. The various elements used for his works are altered to the point of unrecognition, in an alchemic game, and become the silent witnesses of a planet devastated by humanity.

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