• Headphones, Maxime Loiseau. Photo : Samy Rio 
  • Headphones, Maxime Loiseau. Photo : Véronique Huygue
  • Headphones, Maxime Loiseau. Photo : Véronique Huygue
  • Headphones, Maxime Loiseau. Photo : Samy Rio
  • Headphones, Maxime Loiseau. Photo : Véronique Huygue
designers shortlist 2015
Maxime Loiseau
France
Roll to Roll

Drawing an object resonates in particular in Maxime Loiseau’s work. His past, as a graphic designer, steers him towards a hybrid work, between the flat and the three-dimensional, and this is naturally what interested him in the technology of roll-to-roll processing in order to create an eponymous series of headphones. Employed primarily in the production of electronic devices, this process allows for printing, cutting out, welding and gluing onto any roll of flexible support such as plastic or metal foil. Thanks to this contemporary machine, he has created four headphones, each of which develops a design thanks to the fineness and the miniaturisation of the conductor elements. He has also reduced the number of components and connections typically required, and has thus reduced the cost of production by using
one single technology. Each headphone exhibits a graphical composition which leaves the technology used visible and the designer has experimented with the formal language made possible through roll-to-roll processing.
Here a see-through mesh exposes the components inside, there a coloured cable signals a flat weld. The aesthetic takes as its initial influences the welded seams found in sports clothing.
Another single-cabled headphone finds a new connection solution through a flat attachment strip. A fourth proposal wagers upon solar cells which will soon be printable. The collection calls upon a physical and practical exploration developed like a superimposition of layers, as a response to the new tools available to designers.

Text — Magalie Guérin