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Skills Academy: Morning session 3

Materials and Techniques 1 – Contemporary woodwork revisited: New developments in the material and its techniques

Saturday 8 March 2014,  9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Le Lieu du Design (main hall, ground floor, left)
74, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Paris 12e
Open to the public (by prior booking only): 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Skills Academy: Morning session 3

The technical advances of recent decades have enshrined wood – an ancestral material used since the origins of mankind – at the forefront of contemporary design and engineering. Since the late 19th century, wood’s natural properties have been enhanced, magnified and reinforced, overcoming some of its inherent constraints. Wood now offers improved resistance to water and fire, greater durability, longer-lasting colour etc. With continuing research and development, and widespread industrialisation, wood today is adaptable to an ever-widening range of applications, extending the boundaries of its traditional usage.   


9 a.m.
Opening discussion: the artisan/designer interface in the economic and socio-cultural context of Italy, with Stefano Micelli, associate professor of economics at Università Ca’Foscari, Venice;  former dean of the Universities of Venice; author ofFuturo artigiano. L'innovazione nelle mani degli italiani (Marsilio, 2011)  
A panorama of change
Round-table discussion moderated by Stefano Micelli
Riccardo Blumer, designer, and Renato Stauffacher of Alias Design 
The Leggera chair: Concept, development and manufacture.
Erwan Bouroullec, designer  
The Osso chair: Concept, development and manufacture.

10.45 a.m. - Break

11.15 a.m.
Wood and the designer: how can technical developments contribute to the emergence of a new aesthetics?
Patrick Jouin (guest designer and Skills Academy programme director) in conversation with Constance Rubini, art historian, design expert and director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Bordeaux.

12 p.m.
Wood in naval architecture: the state of play, developments and new perspectives.
Marc Van Peteghem, naval architect

2014 sees the launch of the Skills Academy – a biennial programme from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, aimed at artisans, designers and engineers seeking to re-examine their professional practice and the transmission of core skills in the context of new developments and change in their field. The theme of the inaugural Skills Academy is ‘Xylomania! Exploring wood-working skills and expertise.’Throughout the Academy’s first semester, morning sessions open to the public examine a broad spectrum of topics in the world of wood and wood-working.

> Forward to Morning session 4: Materials and Techniques  (2)

> Back to Morning session 2: The Artisan Gesture (tools and techniques)

> Read more about the Skills Academy 

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Under the supervision of Patrick Jouin, Guest designer and Skills Academy educational director.