The "Innovation & Know-how" Program
The École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation created the "Innovation & Know-how" program in 2012 with the ambition of promoting the work of skilled craftspeople who perpetuate their professions of excellence, passing on their know-how, and exploring with them new fields for creation. It creates a constantly-renewed framework for multidisciplinary dialog that shakes up the traditional relationships among art, creation, techniques, and technologies. Its goal is to develop innovation and research in art and design and to promote interdisciplinarity.
Participative and collaborative teaching
The Program is an integral part of the School's curriculum, validated in the courses leading to a diploma. It enriches the curriculum by offering a training program to 2nd-year and 5th-year (Master's) students, as well as those of EnsadLab, the School's research laboratory.
The Program is open to students in all 10 departments. It offers them courses, conference series, workshops, study trips, support for carrying out their Grand Projet (diploma project), and assistance for young graduates.
As part of the Program, the School invites key figures of reference and forges partnerships with major traditional manufacturers that are taking up the challenge of innovation while preserving their know-how and identity.
The "Innovation & Know-how" program is structured around two major themes: eco-design, to imagine products that take environmental impacts into account in their design and development; and innovative design, to incorporate the major evolutions in the creative professions provided by digital technologies.
The Program is based on the highest standards and encourages connections among arts, techniques and technologies; passions and expertise; creators and professionals in the fields of art and design. It organizes workshops, conferences, round tables, exhibitions, and publications.
The program provides students with the keys for understanding and mastering the challenges of innovation and know-how in the future of art and design, and it helps them to discover how deeply connected innovation and know-how are.
The Program in figures, 2013-2014
- 97 students from 8 different departments (Product Design, Textile and Texture Design, Fashion Design, Photography/Video, Multimedia/Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, Art, Printed Images) trained within the Program.
- More than 750 students attended the 11 events of the "Shaping the Future " conference series.
- 570 hours of workshops, conferences, and lectures organized within the framework of the Program.
- Number of Projects supported:
1 research project
22 Grands Projets from 5 different departments: Product Design, Textile and Texture Design, Fashion Design, Photography/Video, Multimedia/Graphic Design.
The School wishes to thank the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation for its generous support and long-term (5-year) commitment.
The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation
The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation carries out the mission entrusted to it 25 years ago by its founders, André and Liliane Bettencourt and their daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers: "taking talent to the top," to promote France and its influence. This mission takes form in three fields of action: life sciences, culture, and solidarity. It is inspired by a spirit and way of working for the general interest, without a view to profit and in the pursuit of social responsibility.
Over the past five years, the Foundation has distributed nearly 113 million euros, including 36 million in 2014.
Two priorities express the Foundation's cultural commitment to French arts and crafts: the "Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’intelligence de la main" (prize for skilled handiwork) and a significant program of support for institutions and individuals who promote the highest level of expertise, such as the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, the École Boulle, Sèvres-Cité de la céramique, the Cité internationale de la tapisserie d’Aubusson, the Fondation du Patrimoine, the Institut national des métiers d’art, D’DAYS, the Design Parade festival, and others.
Innovation & Know-how Program 2014/2015
In 2014-2015, the Innovation & Know-how Program is putting new projects into motion :
Papiers Vivants, Year 2, in partnership with CAFA (Beijing).
Textile and texture design.
Coordination: Roland Schär, Antonin Fourneau, and Aurélie Mossé.
Partnership with Maison Sophie Hallette, manufacturer of luxury lace products
3rd-year students in Textile and Texture Design and Fashion Design.
Coordination: Roland Schär and Gilles Rosier.
"Shaping the Future" conference series
Textile and Texture Design and Product Design: Aurélie Mossé and Sophie Krier.
Supervised by Roland Schär, Isabelle Rodier-Clergue, Patrick Renaud, and Anna Bernagozzi.
Workshop on glass, in partnership with the CIAV of Meisenthal, France
3rd-year students in Product Design. Guest designer: Pierre Favresse, Design Director of Habitat.
Coordination: Patrick Renaud.
Training in making leather goods and shoes, in partnership with the Compagnons du Devoir
4th- and 5th-year students in Fashion Design.
Coordination: Gilles Rosier and Jocelyne Imbert.
Workshop with the Maison Fabre
5th-year students in Fashion Design.
Coordination: Gilles Rosier.
On the theme of the Carapace, a joint creation project bringing together 4th- and 5th year Fashion Design students, 2014 Stage Design graduates, and the Compagnons du Devoir.
Coordination: Gilles Rosier, Jocelyne Imbert and Annabel Vergne.
Studio Objet Augmenté
3rd-year students from all departments.
Coordination: Martin de Bie and Jean-Baptiste Labrune.
"Shaping the Future" conference series: see details below
As part of the EnsadLab program :
- "Behavioral Objects"
Coordination: Samuel Bianchini
- "To the Heart of the Matter – Light, " with the glass-making workshop Sillicybine
Coordination: Christian Stenz,
Assistance for Grands Projets and for young graduates
Conference series: "Shaping the Future" 2014/2015
Ecology in tomorrow's cities: tactics and tools of tomorrow
Initiated by the Textile and Texture Design & Product Design departments of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), this conference series asks how design and the sciences can work together for an urban ecology of tomorrow. For starters, what is an ecological practice? What are its mental, social, economic, and political operating modes? And what issues should such a practice confront today in order to take action tomorrow? And then, what current research in the fields of art, design, and the sciences can contribute to imagining ecology in relation with the urban issues of tomorrow? What know-how does this research provide us? And how can we create exchanges among these types of know-how?
Website 2014-2015: www.cyclefaconnerlavenir.ensad.fr
Alastair Fuad-Luke, Professor of Emergent Design Practices, Aalto University, writer and activist (January 21, 2015)
"Fictions, frictions and functions: Design as capability, adaptability and transition"
Ezio Manzini, Chair Professor of Design for Social Innovation; Virginia Tassinari, philosopher; Ruedi Baur, designer researcher e.a, Jacques Ferrier, Patrick Viveret.
DESIS PHILOSOPHY TALK (April 8, 2015)
"The art of living, together: an emerging sustainable aesthetics of resilient ways of living"