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Design Schools Workshop at WantedDesign

Part of Oui Design 2018

Elodie Blanchard Studio Workshop

Every May, WantedDesign brings a group of students from International design schools together to participate in the Design Schools Workshop. Conceived as a collaborative activity rather than a competition, teams are composed of students from different schools and backgrounds. The 2018 edition is the largest one to date with seven participating schools from around the world. Participants include Art Center College of Design, Pratt Institute and Appalachian State University from the US, Centro from Mexico, Strate School of Design from France, the Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź from Poland and Aalto University from Finland.

The program is an important part of WantedDesign, and has been successful in promoting the schools, fostering the creation of an international network of young designers, as well as in initiating partnerships between schools and manufacturers. The workshop format will be a fast-paced, collaborative and energized process of ideation, exploration and creation. Teams will engage in hands-on exploration of techniques to manipulate material surface and process, to re-envision and redefine boundaries in design categories, and to extend our legacy.

Art Center College of Design’s Professor of Environmental Design, James Meraz and Faculty Chiara Ferrari will lead the 2018 workshop titled Future Heirloom – Investigating the Modern Heirloom.

The selected finalists will present their concepts to a jury of prominent design professionals at WantedDesign Manhattan on May 22nd at 11AM.This presentation will be open to the public from 11am to 1pm at WantedDesign Brooklyn.

About Strate School of Design (Paris)

Created in 1993, STRATE ranks among the top French design schools, and has established itself among the 60 best Design establishments worldwide (Business Week ranking), and among the top 50 in Europe by DOMUS. STRATE offers different types of design programs, including training designers (5-year program), modelers (3-year training), innovative project managers (1-year) and others.

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As part of Oui Design, a program developed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with FACE Foundation, supported by Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, FACE Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, Van Cleef & Arpels. Additional support for women designers has been provided by Fondation CHANEL.

Additional support for Design Schools Workshop at WantedDesign has been provided by XL Airways, Filzfelt, Shapeways, Artefacto, and the Polish Cultural Institute.

Media partner – Design Schools Workshop : Core 77

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