Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz + Suzanne Trocmé
"De-Fence: Designers in the Middle"
August 5th – 11th 2018
Rona is an internationally acclaimed product designer, art director and researcher.
She graduated in 1999 with a Master degree from the Scuola politecnica di design in Milan and started her career by working in different design consultancies in Milan and London. Rona’s experience in design and manufacturing then motivated her to create products under her own label, and her first collection was released in Milan during Salone del Mobile 2007 at Spazio Romeo Gigli.
The following year she was approached by the British embassy in Milan to exhibit selected products at The Galleria d’Arte moderna in Milan, an exhibition curated by Sir Paul Smith and Moroso. The minimalist democratic approach and an honest design are most recognized with Rona’s style and work. In 2010, she created the brand kukka, which works for architects, interior designers, private clients and retailers such as Conran, Paul Smith, La Rinascente, Selfridges, or De Padova.
The studio, underpinned by creative stimulation, specializes in experimenting with materials, manufacturing methods and technology. Rona is also a visiting lecturer, a writer and the founder of Designers in the Middle.
Born and educated in London, Suzanne Trocmé FRSA (née Huthert) moved to the USA where she began working in store development for Benetton. Her interest in retail space and design led her to work subsequently for Paul Smith as Retail Coordinator during his expansion years and for Ralph Lauren as Creative Coordinator for Polo Store Development, Europe. While spending many years in New York and Paris, Trocmé wrote on the subjects of art, fashion, music, interiors and architecture for a variety of publications including The New York Times Magazine, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, The Telegraph, Interior Design (European Editor) and Wallpaper* (Editor-at-Large).
Apart from her contributions to print journalism, Trocmé began writing books following the birth of her first two sons and is the author of many publications which include Influential Interiors (Clarkson Potter), Retro Home (Rizzoli), Fabric (Mitchell Beazley), The New Moderns (Stewart, Tabori, Chang), Attention to Detail (Stewart, Tabori, Chang) and Cool Homes in Hot Places (HarperCollins).
Trocmé herself has received awards for her journalism and books including the American Fabric and Fiction Award, usually awarded for fiction, for her nonfiction work Influential Interiors. An expert in her chosen world of architecture and design, the author is often called upon to judge competitions. She has also presented radio programs in New York on WBAI and television in the UK with Granada, the BBC and Channel 4 television.
"De-Fence: Designers in the Middle"
August 5th – 11th
I was always curious to explore different design cultures. Local and traditional crafts are the backbone of the design industry and have a strong social impact on our lives. I grew up in one of the smallest countries in the world, positioned in one of the most interesting regions: the Middle East. There is a rich culture of arts and crafts, but unlike other regions they are not easily accessible among neighbouring countries – Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Iran...
As a citizen of the world and a great believer in cosmopolitanism, I often find myself stimulated by day to day behaviours and habits. People stimulate me the most and my work’s nutrition are local craft, heritage and manufacturing techniques.
The fence is an ambivalent symbol for separation or protection, for hatred or love; it may stand for captivity or be a confinement for the sake of freedom.
Our fence will be “green” and made from local materials found in Boisbuchet. Unlike a wall one could cross our fence, touch and see through it and perhaps even “sit on the fence”.
This workshop certainly addresses designers who find themselves in the middle between the manufacturing and the political constraints. However, it is not political per se; it is rather about the person/designer behind the work and seeks to find and shape a fence with beauty.
Participants will work together as a group.
The subject of this workshop was presented for the first time as a discussion panel in September 2016, organized by the Design Museum London during London Design Festival. Following that, it was presented during ICFF at the Javits Centre in New York and during London Design Festival 2017. Besides Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz, panelists included Annabel Karim-Kassar, Hagit Pincovici, Tahe Bakhtiari, Khalid Shafar, Rami Tareef, and Nada Debs.
• Accommodation & food are included
• We can accommodate for special catering
• All participants sleep in dormitories
• To book a private room or bring additional guests, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Our staff are available to help you conceptualize & produce your designs
• Tools & materials are provided by Boisbuchet
• All workshops are taught in English
• The number of participants is limited to 22
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