We see the world falling apart on many levels: ecologically, economically, socially, and even culturally. The resulting conflicts always pose the question: What proved wrong or obsolete and what shall we replace and what shall we repair?
Innovate Together is organised by the Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France and is supported by the Fondation J M Weston. It values excellence in the crafts of leatherwear, shoe-making, saddlery, and tapestry. Les compagnons du devoir (young craftsmen travelling the country for practical experience) as well as students of design at ENSCI and of design management at IFM present prototypes of their most recent products with a pedagogical purpose and in view of global coherence, economic feasibility, and the collaborative approach.
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.
À Table! presents an extraordinary selection of more than 30 fine examples of tables from the private design collection of Alexander von Vegesack, founding director of the renowned Vitra Design Museum. In order to reflect the different functions and meanings of this everyday object, they are arranged in nine different scenographies – veritable tableaux that reflect the history of table design.
Over the past 20 years, renowned architects from all over the world conceived innovative buildings for the Domaine de Boisbuchet and new projects are now on the way. ‘Paradise is a Work in Progress’ reveals the fascinating diversity of architecture designed for Boisbuchet’s bucolic setting – realised, failed, currently under construction or still in a state of pure vision.
L’exposition des « Albums des jeunes architectes et paysagistes » relaie tous les deux ans la politique du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication en faveur des jeunes architectes et paysagistes.
The exhibition Boro – The Fabric of Life comprises approximately 50 pieces composed of a collection of ingeniously repaired futon covers, kimonos, work garments, and other hand made, household textiles which were created by Japanese peasants between 1850 and 1950 using leftover, indigo dyed cotton.
The exhibition placed in the park explores the sustainable properties, tremendous structural potential, and skillful craft of Simón Vélez’s bamboo architecture. Found across Domaine de Boisbuchet, Une Architecture Vegetarienne accompanies visitors as they explore the property, encountering three of Simón Vélez’s pavilions previously constructed on the grounds, as well as photographs and videos of his work.
In 2012, Maria Blaisse’s inventive bamboo structures were filling the airy rooms in Boisbuchet’s castle. Serving as costumes or sculptures, expanding, contracting, bouncing and shifting, these forms animate the body and form space. Strong yet delicate, their form is driven by Maria Blaisse’s sensitive material research and her masterful understanding of form.
Industrial furniture, is the guiding line and leading actor through this exhibition. Following a three-dimensional biographical introduction, which shows the familial background, the 15 year old boy’s first acquisitions on a bazaar in Cairo, and connections to Eastern Europe, for example, the exhibition evolves the collection along von Vegesack’s life, work, travelling and interests.
Naked Shapes showed aluminium objects of daily use, which industrial designer Seiji Onishi, gallery owner Keiichi Sumi and graphic designer Nobuhiro Yamaguchi have passionately assembled over more than twenty years. Cleaned of any sorts of make-up such as paint, labels or excess decoration, these things were stripped bare, down to their essential form. In their simplicity, anonymity and material nakedness, they express a quiet yet crystal-clear poetry of everyday objects.
The architectural exhibition shown there owed much of its appeal to the morbid charm of the premises, and this very element is being drawn on again for yet another presentation. Inspired by the workshops at the Domaine, the exhibition took an experimental approach in examining the themes of light and design.
This fascinating documentation on the marvels of vernacular architecture around the globe is presented in the spectacular setting of Boisbuchet’s castle, dating from the 19th century and abandoned for the past thirty years. The collection of vernacular architecture at the EPFL’s Archives de la construction moderne is a unique collection of documents and about 700 models that showcase a wide range of spatial, symbolic and constructive solutions.