Doors Opening

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The emotional, psychological and social aspects of doors have radical implications, material and immaterial.

Through an exploration of the spaces and materials in Boisbuchet’s buildings and architectural park you’ll create a variety of connecting passages: doors, bridges, curtains, windows, or any other kind of transition zone. However, your design process will be just as important as the final result. Both will enable you to understand, express and experience the qualities of transition as something fundamental for our relation with objects, people, space and ourselves.

Furniture and exhibition designer Philippe Nigro teams up for this workshop with curator and writer Earlwyn Covington to examine how different viewpoints rising from material and theory will operate at the same time and space.

PhilippeNigroByJaenRuizMercedes 복사본Philippe Nigro is an internationally acclaimed furniture and exhibition designer, characterized by a mix of prospective research and a pragmatic analysis of manufacturer’s know-how – a knowledge that allows him to navigate between different scales and design projects. Philippe is a Frenchman based between Paris and Milan and began his career alongside Michele De Lucchi in 1999. Since that time he has collaborated with Ligne Roset, Cinna, Barilla, Pernod-Ricard, De Castelli, Piba Marmi, Skitsch, Serralunga, Artuce, Glas Italia, Marsotto, Caimi Brevetti, Venini, Foscarini, DePadova, Baccarat, and Hermès. Some objects are part of museum collections including his “Twin-Chairs” & “T.U. table” at Centre Pompidou. In 2014, he was named Designer of the Year for Maison & Objet Paris, and at the same time did the exhibition design for the Triennale in Milan, Italian Design beyond the Crisis: Autarky, Austerity, Autonomy. 
In 2015 Nigro created for Lexus the scenography of the exhibition « A journey of the senses » on the occasion of Milano’s Salone del Mobile.

Writer, innovator and educator, Earlwyn Covington is an American based in Paris. He is a a visiting lecturer of humanities at art and design schools in France and abroad, regularly giving conferences on consumer culture, mass media and design at Sciences Po Paris, Geneva University of Art & Design, Museu de Arte Moderne Sao Paulo, Parsons-New School, Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, and Design Academy Eindhoven, amongst others. He also works as an editor, writer and curator for both the public and private sector in the hopes to explore the frontiers between art and design. He regulary collaborates with Maison & Objet and Paris Design Week and in 2012 co-founded the internationally acclaimed platform ‘thinking food design’ as well as recently the ‘collective 1992’, which generates multigenerational projects between architects, designers and artists from across the world.

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