• SAVOIR-FAIRE ET MODERNITÉ
    students from 'ENSCI Les Ateliers and Science Po during a workshop in villa Noailles, Sèvres - cité de la céramique and Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
    © Lothaire Hucki
  • SAVOIR-FAIRE ET MODERNITÉ
    students from 'ENSCI Les Ateliers and Science Po during a workshop in villa Noailles, Sèvres - cité de la céramique and Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
    © Lothaire Hucki
Exhibitions 2012
design parade 7
Savoir-faire et modernité horaires
SAVOIR-FAIRE AND MODERNITY
Workshop Sèvres - Cité de la céramique  / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès / ENSCI - Les Ateliers / Sciences Po Paris


The exhibition “Savoir-faire et Modernité” is the product of a collaborative workshop between Sèvres - Cité de la céramique and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, undertaken by students at the ENSCI - Les Ateliers (National School for Industrial Design) and Sciences-Po, Paris. On display at the villa Noailles during Design Parade 07, it exhibits the research projects developed during the workshop.

Over a period of eight months, fifteen students, all in their final year at the ENSCI - Les Ateliers, or studying for a Master’s degree in Public Affairs (Cultural course speciality) at Sciences-Po, Paris, have undertaken an intense curriculum, including lectures by experts, visits to other workshops, and collaborative work. Thus their current knowledge has been tested along with their awareness of the challenges apparent within their chosen fields, as well as their working methods, all accompanied by a tutor from their respective schools.

The confrontation of the terms “savoir-faire” and “modernity” is deliberately provocative, both within a national and an international context affected by different crises and increasingly interested in high quality production, yet it is also highly significant of the mindset shared by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and Sèvres - Cité de la céramique.
Convinced by the relevance of this vision and the need for a voluntary and atypical initiative, these two establishments have rallied the full extent of their student’s creativity, in order to uncover new areas of development for the benefit of contemporary craftsmanship and to show the degree to which this latter may in fact be considered modern.

If, initially, the aim of the venture was to offer first-hand experience, it very rapidly revealed itself to be extremely educational. The exhibition presents a laboratory concept devised by the students in order to accompany leaders of innovative projects, within the domain of exceptional craftsmanship. The potential of this LAPIE (Artisanal Laboratory for Innovative and Experimental Production) will be expressed through three theoretical scenarios, materialised within the production of objects, texts, images, and the wealth of ideas which have characterised this workshop since it began in September, 2011.
The designer, Mathieu Bassée, has been commissioned to undertake the scenography.
Chloé Braunstein-Kriegel, design specialist, was a catalyst for the duration of the workshop and coordinated the entire project.

Students participating in the workshop
“Savoir-faire et Modernité”:
Andrea Badea (Sciences-Po), Sybille Berger (ENSCI), Sylvain Chasseriaux (ENSCI), Marc-Antoine Durand (Sciences-Po), Chloé Gardette (Sciences-Po), Pauline Gilain (ENSCI), Arthur Hoffner (ENSCI), Camille Hunault (Sciences-Po), Maxime Loiseau (ENSCI), Delphine Mériaux (ENSCI), Raphaël Pluvinage (ENSCI), Frédérique Pruvost-Laurent (Sciences-Po), Sophie Ranger (Sciences-Po), Célia Torvisco (ENSCI), Jialong Xu (Sciences-Po).

Their tutors: Jean-François Dingjian, designer and lecturer at ENSCI and Florent Parmentier, course director for the Master’s degree in “Public Affairs” and lecturer at Sciences-Po, Paris.