Usual suspects such as ENSCI, École Camondo, École de Valenciennes, as well as a myriad of regional institutions from Brest to Saint-Étienne are currently improving the perception of quality of French design in the international scene. The "cultural exception" was invented in France and the nation boasts state-based and private partnerships between business and research having centuries-old, well-established and still-operational crafts and manufacturing traditions (like Sévres and Gobelins). The visitor must read a bit between the lines among the prototypes on display in the exhibit to understand the logic. At times the exhibition is organized by educational institutions while others they are seemingly thematic (the case containing perpetual calendars is beautiful — a great design classic).
The prototype's centrality resurrects the innumerable evocative qualities of indefinite materials. Two students from the Orléans École supérieure d'Art et Design offer a fresh perspective on the transformation of timeless materials like glass. Yoann Jacquon's light study is based on the use of bioluminescent bacteria. Amandine Peyresoubes' forms explore the manipulation of light. Other projects, like Hélènes Thomas' magnificent Bouteilles musicales, could also be associated with this kind of research. Playful pleasure merges with technological research and double meanings by constantly pushing the perceptive limits of materials, whether they are iconic or industrial.
The prototype's centrality resurrects the innumerable evocative qualities of indefinite materials — these proposals are highly effective even in their embryonic study
Les écoles du design/2012