June 2016

ambassador for the new Cartier watch “Drive” in Switzerland



© Pierre Orssaud

June 2016

Jury member for the Montblanc Patronage Arts Award


On 8 June in Zurich, the brand presented the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award to Henry Levy, a resident of the German-speaking Swiss city and owner of the BINZ39 gallery.

This non-profit institution provides young artists with a work space free of charge for a period of two years, allowing them to develop their art. BINZ39 also organises exchanges between Swiss and foreign artists.

Delphine Favier, Managing Director of Montblanc Suisse, presented him with a copy of the limited edition “Patron of Art Peggy Guggenheim” – a collection of writing instruments to which a new edition is added every year – as well as the sum of 15,000 Euros for a cultural project chosen by Henry Levy.

The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award was founded a quarter of a century ago. In sixteen different countries, it rewards patrons who support and encourage art in all its forms. This is the second time that the distinction has been awarded in Switzerland. Every year an international jury – which includes the well-known Swiss writer Joël Dicker and the industrial designer Nicolas Le Moigne, both of whom were present in Zurich – selects the lucky winners.

From March 22 till August 21

“Qu’en lira-t-on?”, exhibition at mudac, Lausanne


Qu’en lira-t-on ?

La lecture sous toutes ses formes

Le mudac se réjouit de présenter la première exposition sur la lecture… sans livre !

Partant du constat que la lecture, bien loin de disparaître, est un plaisir qui se décline sous des formes multiples et inattendues, cette véritable ode à la joie de lire a été inspirée des 10 droits du lecteur de l’écrivain français Daniel Pennac* que nous vous invitons à les à (re)découvrir.

1. Le droit de ne pas lire

2. Le droit de sauter des pages

3. Le droit de ne pas finir un livre

4. Le droit de relire

5. Le droit de lire n’importe quoi

6. Le droit au bovarysme (maladie textuellement transmissible)

7. Le droit de lire n’importe où

8. Le droit de grappiller

9. Le droit de lire à haute voix

10. Le droit de nous taire

11. Le droit de lire sans livre

Le lecteur a le droit de lire sans livre. Et ce, de mille et une nouvelles manières: avec une tablette électronique, un livre interactif, un téléphone mobile et pourquoi pas bientôt un oculus qui plonge son utilisateur dans un monde virtuel. Les supports de lecture d’aujourd’hui et de demain invitent les lecteurs vers de nouveaux horizons et transforment leurs mondes imaginaires.

Désormais, les histoires se glissent dans des coussins chuchoteurs, nous aspirent dans des mondes virtuels, s’enrichissent de matériaux insolites et livrent leurs secrets après décodages et manipulations. L’exposition Qu’en lira-t-on ? La lecture sous toutes ses formes s’adresse à tous ceux qui, jeunes et moins jeunes, apprécient la lecture et invite à interagir avec sept installations qui font vivre les histoires sous des formes poétiques, facétieuses ou captivantes. Loin de proclamer la fin du livre en papier tel que nous le connaissons, ce voyage célèbre le plaisir de la découverte, mis en mots et en images au travers de technologies récentes, que nous vous invitons à explorer!

February 2016

Babylone, carpet designed for Chic Cham


Dhurry carpet designed for Chic Cham in limited edition. The geometric formes give a third dimension and more depth to the carpet. 100% hand made in coton.

Colors: ecru / light-gray / linen / green

Dimensions: 170 x 240 cm


January – February 2016

Exhibition of the Chronogram project at Vacheron Constantin


Consulting, design and set up project for EPFL + ECAL Lab, in partnership with Swiss watch Manufacture Vacheron Constantin. On the occasion of SIHH 2016, 3 prototypes of masques realized thanks to Oculus Rift technology, allow the users to be literally immersed into the brand’s archives.


photos: Daniela & Tonatiuh

January – April 2016

Vitrine project for Hermès in Zurich and Geneva


A l’occasion de la présentation des nouvelles collections Printemps/Eté 2016, ce projet de vitrine imaginé pour les boutiques Hermès à Zurich et à Genève met en scène une série d’animaux tiré du monde du zoomorphisme. Entre animal et humain, ces “créatures” en mouvement illustrent parfaitement la période de Carnaval. Projet réalisé avec Stefano Panterotto et Alexis Tourron.

Photo: Jagoda Wisniewska

19 January 2016

Wallpaper* publishes: Double trouble


First released in 2000, Corum’s ‘Bubble’ marked a fun moment in watchmaking; oversized, with an extra-large sapphire crystal dome, the radical design heralded a major modern moment for the brand. Now, the original concept has been updated by industrial designer Nicolas Le Moigne, who has designed two new ‘Bubble’ pieces as part of the brand’s Op Art series.
Op art – or ‘optical art’, the form created by Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely – is celebrated for its ability to produce static patterns that seem to move, disorientating the observer by hinting at different perspectives that lay underneath the immediately obvious. The new pieces remain faithful to the original ‘Bubble’, with an 8mm sapphire crystal that acts as a lens, working to both magnify and distort the dial, fracturing light.

Le Moigne was inspired by key pop art artists when working on his designs, and Vassarely and François Morellet’s abstract pieces are the perfect foil for his skilfully technical and voluminous drawings. ‘Technically, it is possible to play with only 1mm of depth but thanks to the visual elements, I was able to really bring this 3rd dimension,’ he says.
The first of the two automatic pieces, the ‘Bubble Sphere2′, creates the illusion of a whole sphere by printing lines that traverse the dial directly onto the glass. The second plays on light and shadow, working on the grooves in the design to create a landscape that appears to be full of different heights, as undulating as a body of water – hence its name, the ‘Bubble Drop’.
‘Ensuring all the lines and colours fit together so the visual illusion would work was a challenge,’ Le Moigne admits, but there is no hint of this in the exuberant end result. ‘The project,’ he concludes, ‘was meant to be surprising and playful.’

Article by Hannah Silver

from 22 till 26 January≤ 2016

Launch of “SUN”, mirror designed for Marlo&Isaure


On the occasion of Maison & Objet 2016, the brand new editor Marlo & Isaure, based in Tunis, launch a first collection realized with different designers. The mirror SUN, produced in hammered and polished brass or copper, will be presented in Paris and directly available on the editor’s website.


October 2015

Design of dials of the Bubble Watch for Corum


In 2000, Corum introduced the Bubble, an oversized watch with an even larger crystal. It was so radical it became the must-have timepiece of the new millennium. Now, exactly 15 years later, the Bubble makes a triumphal return, sealing its place as a major creation of Corum. Two new models are now added to the Op Art Series, launched this year. A remarkable 8 mm high, this sapphire crystal is one of the largest of any watch. It acts as a lens, both magnifying and distorting the dial. The partnership with the industrial designer Nicolas Le Moigne, gave birth to two new designs. The patterns are inspired from Op Art, also called optical art, whose father is Victor Vasarely, the French artist of Hungarian origin. Op Art created static patterns that gave an impression of movement or surprising and contradictory perspectives. Nicolas Le Moigne took these codes, while optimizing 3D effects to an extremely reduced scale. The result is as vibrant as the effervescent energy emanating from the Bubble.

The dial of the Bubble Sphere2 is aptly named, since it is pictured as the continuation of the dome-shaped crystal sapphire, giving the illusion of a sphere in a sphere. The lines that deftly traverse the dial and glass are full part of this optical effect. With the second model of the Op Art series, the designer makes us travel with a dial akin to symbolized scenery, full of landforms, in a perfectly controlled alternation of highs and lows. Furrows and shadows effects, imitating the surface of moving water, give their name to the Bubble Drop.

This arresting Op Art models will be fitted only to a pair of limited edition, each made in an exclusive run of just 350 pieces. The first one is housed in a brass dial and a PVD-coated case, both in blue-tone. The hands are in the same shade and treated with Super-LumiNova. Using the same materials, the second model is entirely brown PVD coated. The hands follow this monochromatic statement, while breaking with the dial. The two new timepieces are fitted with rubber straps topped with leather. And each is fitted with a buckle matching the case finish.


From 26 to 31 October 2015

Lecture at Dubai Design Week


October 2015

ECAL Gradient stool joins the collection of the CNAP


Le tabouret ou table d’appoint ECAL Gradient Yellow a été conçu dans le cadre de l’exposition Edition Limitée 1 de la galerie Kissthedesign à Lausanne en 2013 et signe la première pièce de la collaboration entre la galerie et le designer. En 2015, le tabouret intègre la collection du CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France).

L’édition limitée pour la galerie Kissthedesign est un véritable travail d’appropriation art. En effet, le designer récupère son propre tabouret ECAL produit en série par le fabricant suisse Eternit et avec un long travail manuel le customise. Ce faisant, il propose une amélioration du produit en série, l’assise protégée de la sorte ne produit plus de poussière de ciment, ainsi qu’un jeu de dégradé aussi visuel que tactile passant du jaune au gris, au toucher lisse à granuleux. Le geste interroge par ailleurs le statut le l’objet en lui-même, de la production industrielle au travail artisanal de l’auteur.


12 October 2015

Wallpaper* publishes: Top 20 under 40


Top 20 under 40: the stars of tomorrow

To mark the not insignificant occasion of our 200th issue, we at Wallpaper* have expanded our Power 100 list of the world’s pre-eminent design talent into a leviathan and (even more) comprehensive Power 200.

Inevitably, our list is stuffed with consistent old-hands and longstanding design royalty. But as part of this exploded approach, we’ve also curated a concise selection of the finest practitioners under 40 – not so much the stars of tomorrow as precocious dazzlers. Some have nudged and shunted design in new directions, others have laid claim to tropes and traditions, refining and redefining as they go.

Among the ranks are familiar faces such as (Wallpaper* award winner) Philippe Malouin, Paul Cocksedge, Fabien Cappello and Daniel Rybakken, as well as the cutting edge likes of Studio Glithero (who revel in reimagining design as performance art), Formafantasma, mischer’traxler and Alexis Georgacopoulos, the director of ECAL – Europe’s most innovative design school.

Unsurprisingly for a generation so imbued with an appreciation for natural asceticism, minimalism and sustainable practice are a common theme here, from the artisanal excavations of Max Lamb, Anglo-Japanese duo Studio Swine’s found-object product design, the recycled wooden birds of Lars Beller Fjetland and the deceptively simple designs of Nicolas Le Moigne, Nao Tamura and Konstanin Grcic alumnus-turned-accessory designer Pauline Deltour.

There’s playful decadence here too, though, be it in Bethan Laura Wood’s flamboyant work with pattern and marquetry, the midcentury-leaning designs of Beirut duo David & Nicolas, the unabashed modern glam of Lee Broom, Sebastian Herkner’s elegant technicolour creations or the reliably skewed designs of London’s Raw-Edges, designers of the iconic ‘Stack’ drawer.

Our 20 under 40 are already designers on the top of their game – where they’ll go from here (and where they’ll end up in next year’s list) is anyone’s guess.



October 2015

Ideales Heim publishes: Lausanne macht Schule


Ein Portrait der Stadt, das zugleich ein Tour d’Horizon der Westschweizer Designszene ist

Zehn Begegnungen
Um eine Stadt wirklich zu verstehen, muss man ihre Bewohner kennenlernen. Was lag für uns näher, als die Stadt durch die Augen von De- signspezialisten zu erkunden? Und damit zu- gleich einen Tour d’Horizon des Schweizer De- signschaffens zu machen. Wir trafen zehn Menschen, die täglich mit Design zu tun haben. Und mussten dabei feststellen: erstens stellen diese Leute nur einen Bruchteil der in Lausanne mit Design Beschäftigten dar (wie eingangs be- reits erwähnt) und zweitens scheint in dieser Stadt jeder jeden zu kennen. Dennoch kommen die Gestalter einander nicht in die Quere, was bei der moderaten Grösse des ortes doch recht erstaunlich ist. Jeder scheint seine Nische gefun- den zu haben. «Es gibt eigentlich keine Rivali- täten», meint Nicolas Le Moigne.

Nicolas Le Moigne: Designer/Professor ECAL: Schon kurz nach seinem Studium an der ECAL konnte er auch für internationale Hersteller arbeiten. Er ist zudem für Schweizer Marken wie Eternit, Atelier Pfister oder Dadadum tätig. Ferner entwirft er regelmässig limitierte Editionen für Designgalerien im In- und Ausland. Er leitet den Master Lehrgang «Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship”.

Article: Susanna Köberle

Portrait: Tonatiuh & Daniela

September 2015

Research projet with EPFL+ECAL Lab for Vacheron Constantin


Chronogramme: A voyage through time’s memory 

The uninterrupted 260-year history of Vacheron Constantin is not only an expression of the manufacturer’s constant evolution of virtuosity, know-how and creativity, but also bears witness to the evolution of our own society. A collection of nearly 350 meters of documents, the earliest dating back to 1755, recounts the desires of each period, the emergence of new knowledge and the birth of intercontinental exchange. These exceptional archives are also physical memories of each watch piece—century after century—and constitute a world heritage of immeasurable value. Vacheron Constantin initiated a research partnership with EPFL to guarantee the long-term preservation of this world heritage and to revive the slumbering knowledge held within. The collaboration between manufacturer and academic laboratories is progressively opening the doors to new ways of expressing the richness of this heritage. The Digital Humanities Lab, in collaboration with Vacheron Constantin’s Heritage Department, has developed digitization principles for ancient handwriting recognition. Together with semantic text mining, the researchers are able to constitute a coherent historical narrative. EPFL+ECAL Lab’s role is to bring these newly vivified archives back to life. Three custom interactive designs offer invitations to voyage through this universe, redefining our relationship with the digital—in the service of the manufacturer’s history and values.

Objet: concept de Marlo & Isaure
Photo: Cédric Widmer


21 August 2015

Jury member of the Cheongju International Craft Competition (South Korea)


867 submissions from 692 designers coming from 33 different countries.