Ol-Factory contest winners interview
Interview by Laura Drouet & Olivier Lacrouts
Ilze, Charline, Harriet and Yusuké are the four young creatives that won our #OlfactoryContest back in March this year. They come from four different countries - Latvia, France, England, Japan - and all have a pretty unique design background. What surely unites them all is the same passion for experimentation and material research. We got in touch with them to learn more about their design lives and their expectations regarding the "Ol-Factory workshop".
Furniture Designer & Teacher
Tell us more about your design life
Ilze: I graduated in Furniture Design at the University of Art and Design of Helsinki some ten years ago. After working as creative director for a renowned Latvian luxury lifestyle company for few years I decided to quit my design career and move to education. I am currently a teacher of design at the Art Academy of Latvia, where I develop educational programmes and I lead intensive courses and workshops.
You have already been to Boisbuchet in the past. What does it mean to you?
Ilze: Yes, two years ago I participated to "Jaime Hayon's Playwood workshop" and created some beautiful wooden toys for children. I am still working on them to develop the concept further as I would like to present them to some potential producers. Boisbuchet for me is an opportunity to design. It is time and place for creativity, peace and recreation.
What are your expectations regarding the Ol-Factory workshop?
Ilze:Few months ago I was looking at some videos from last year's workshops and CMoG’s was one of them - I was fascinated. To me glass and ceramics are mysterious materials and this will be an excellent opportunity to try them first hand. I am also very curious to work on the scenography with the other participants. I have already worked on two exhibitions in the past - White and Welcome on Board - and to me scenography is always connected with conceptual thinking and storytelling. I always start with a big question: “Why?”. Collaborating with other designers on this question will be an enriching experience!
What’s your design story?
Charline: I was born in Saint Etienne in 1991 and studied in Marseilles and at L'Ecole Boulle in Paris, where I obtained my Master Degree in Product Design. After working at studio Ross Lovegrove for almost two years - where I co-directed his exhibition Convergence at the Centre Pompidou in Paris - I moved to London, where I now work as a freelance designer.
How did you hear about the #OlfactoryContest and what attracted you to participate?
Charline: I heard about it through instagram and got immediately interested as perfumes, glassware and ceramics have always been very precious topics to me. I felt like this workshop was made just for me! I've also heard about studio Glithero before and really like their poetical and experimental approach. I knew Boisbuchet’s workshops before, but from far. It was for me one of these unreachable things that I would hopefully do one day in my life…
What are your expectations regarding the Ol-Factory workshop?
Charline:I expect to share my passion for perfume and to learn more about glassblowing and ceramics - two materials/techniques that are very dear to me. I have already done a few workshops in the past and what I experienced is that group dynamics often allow to go further with one’s project and can really bring the research to a level you could never reach alone. For what concerns the scenography, I guess that the challenge will be to tell a common story with different projects and personalities... Moreover, scents are something quite difficult to display as they are invisible, untouchable, but nevertheless extremely powerful emotionally.
Designer & Glass Artist
Tell us more about your approach to glass
Harriet: Studying Three-Dimensional Design at Manchester School of Art is continually developing my fascination with glass and its materiality. Process is central to my practice and I tend to leave traces as part of my work to hint at the making process. Combining glass with other objects and materials is a recurring theme within my designs, I often use hand formed and found metal objects to manipulate molten hot glass which then become part of my final pieces. When designing and making, I am always focused on form and I usually work with clear glass to emphasise the form and fluidity of a piece. When experimenting in the glass workshop, I often embrace the unexpected and sometimes even use these serendipitous forms within my work.
What attracted you about the Ol-Factory workshop?
Harriet: I discovered the Corning Museum of Glass a while ago when I became a member of the Glass Art Society. Since then I have followed them on Instagram to discover more about the history and science of glass and to see their amazing workshop demonstrations. I would one-day love to visit the museum in New York. Also, earlier this year, Studio Glithero visited my university and gave an inspirational talk to the design students - that’s how I came to love Glithero’s designs!
Where does the concept for your winning proposal - the raspberry vessel - come from?
Harriet: I had previously experimented with the raspberry form to make drinking vessels for raspberry craft beers, exploring tradition and innovation within beer brewing. I hadn't worked with perfume before and the curved thin spout on my perfume bottle was the result of accidentally over-heating my glass bubble before blowing into my wire mould. I'm really looking forward to working with CMoG as I'll be able to design pieces that I wouldn't usually be able to make myself!
Artist & designer
Can you explain us your relationship with art?
Yusuké:I was born in Tokyo in 1985 and currently live and work in Geneva, Switzerland. I mostly produce sculptures, installations and designed objects. I work with various materials - such as ceramics, metal, wood, wax, resin, photograph, bread, candy - depending on the theme of the project I’m developing. The idea of imperfection and the subject of memory are the main axes of my research. Despite its almost-constant association with negative terms - such as lack of achievement, flaw, bad, error, dysfunction - to me “imperfection” is a source of creativity and can play a significant aesthetic role.
How comes that you participated in the contest?
Yusuké: I heard about the contest from a friend who was visiting my studio. Seeing my ceramic works, she thought I should participate and that’s what I did! I knew about mudac as I have often visited the museum to see their original exhibitions about contemporary designers' works and I always wanted to create some pieces mixing ceramic and glass. I wish to develop my concept while learning some new techniques. The workshop will also be a truly important experience for me as it will enable me to meet designers from all over the world and establish a good exchange of ideas with them.
Helped by Sarah and Tim of studio Glithero and by the skilled glassblowers of CMoG, this summer Ilze, Charline, Harriet and Yusuké will realize their perfume-holder prototypes and work along other fellow creatives from around the world to develop the scenography of the exhibition about perfume that Mudac is planning for the spring of 2019.
Wanna be part of this unique design adventure and exhibit in Lausanne? There are still 4 available places - register now!