A Part­ner of the Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Nantes- Saint Na­zaire, the Ecole de De­si­gn Nantes At­lan­tique is the or­ga­ni­ser for the past 16 years of the Tro­phées de De­si­gn Stra­té­gique that re­ward businesses that en­gage with de­si­gn.

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Among its student bo­dy, the school boasts a num­ber of young de­si­gners who have made a name for them­selves – Ion­na Vau­trin, Guillaume Del­vigne – as well as nu­me­rous de­si­gners who are wor­king in agen­cies, at Phi­lippe Starck, Elium­stu­dio, Fu­se­pro­ject, or Sa­guez & Part­ners, etc. In 2016, a year af­ter ob­tai­ning their Mas­ters, 88% of gra­duates were in full em­ploy­ment, of which 66% in an agen­cy, 26% in in- house de­part­ments in firms and 13% free­lance. In all, 29% work in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly and 60% in France ( of which 40% in Ilede- France and 26% in the Loire which is the school’s re­gion). Foun­ded in 1988, the Nantes At­lan­tique school of de­si­gn is a part­ner of the Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try Nan­tesSaint Na­zaire. The first three years co­ver spa­tial de­si­gn ( in­ter­ior ar­chi­tec­ture and sce­no­gra­phy), gra­phic de­si­gn ( gra­phic art, mo­tion de­si­gn), in­ter­ac­tive de­si­gn ( in­ter­ac­tion de­si­gn and game de­si­gn) and pro­duct de­si­gn ( in­dus­trial de­si­gn and trans­port de­si­gn). The ele­ven pro­grammes of the Mas­ters cycle, built around cross- cut­ting so­cioe­co­no­mic themes, add fur­ther spe­cia­li­sa­tion to com­plete the pro­fes­sio­nal orien­ta­tion of the Ba­che­lors cycle. The school al­so of­fers ap­pren­ti­ce­ship trai­ning. It has two out­posts in Asia. The first was ope­ned in Qing­dao, Chi­na, in 2008 – and then mo­ved to Shan­ghai in 2010 – and the se­cond ope­ned in Ban­ga­lore, In­dia, mo­ved to Delhi in 2014. It will open a new out­post in São Pau­lo ( Bra­zil) this Sum­mer. The school cham­pions pro­fes­sio­na­li­za­tion, and the af­fir­ma­tion of de­si­gn as an in­no­va­tive pro­cess with eco­no­mic va­lue, and trum­pets the res­pon­si­bi­li­ty of de­si­gn fa­ced with so­cio- eco­no­mic and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. It has four centres of de­si­gn and in­no­va­tion: the De­si­gn Lab Care ( so­cial in­no­va­tion and health), Di­gi­tal Cul­ture, New Ea­ting Ha­bits and Sus­tai­nable Ci­ty ( ur­ban de­si­gn and changes in the buil­ding sec­tor). For 16 years the School has held the Tro­phées de De­si­gn Stra­té­gique to re­com­pense businesses in the west of France which give an im­por­tant place to de­si­gn. The 14th edi­tion awar­ded five prizes on No­vem­ber 24, 2016, du­ring the En­tre­pre­neurs Sa­lon in Nantes. The prize for ove­rall De­si­gn went to the fur­ni­ture ma­ker Al­ki. Crea­ted as a co­ope­ra­tive in Itxas­sou in the Pays Basque in 1981, the firm boos­ted its ac­ti­vi­ty via its col­la­bo­ra­tion with de­si­gner Jean- Louis Irat­zo­ki. The De­si­gn & In­no­va­tion prize went to Fu­ne­ral Concept, which spe­cia­lises in de­si­gning ori­gi­nal and du­rable fu­ne­ral stones in trea­ted steel in part­ner­ship with de­si­gners Cé­ci­lia Pa­lo­mi­no and Karine Degorre. The De­si­gn and Star­tup prize was awar­ded to Hé­li­céo. Foun­ded by Jean- Fran­çois Bau­det in Nantes in 2014, the star­tup spe­cia­lises in de­si­gning, making and dis­tri­bu­ting mea­sur­ment sys­tems for drone geo­ma­tics. The de­si­gner Clément Lau­rence de­si­gned the iden­ti­ty for the brand and its pro­ducts. The Ser­vices De­si­gn prize went to the Com­mu­ni­ty of Com­munes of the Pays de la Roche aux Fées. The Ju­ry’s Fa­vou­rite went to the in­dus­trial de­si­gn stu­dio La Sub­tile, crea­ted in Chartres by three com­ple­men­ta­ry en­tre­pre­neurs: the de­si­gner Ben­ja­min Le­ma­rié, the in­dus­tria­list Alexandre Fré­nel and the com­mer­cial ma­na­ger An­toine Bau­bau. For the last six years, the school show­cases a se­lec­tion of fi­nal year pro­jects in a group show. From No­vem­ber 2016 to Ja­nua­ry 2017, at ‘ Cale 2 Créa­teurs’ – a shi­pyard space in Nantes ope­ned in 1918 and re­no­va­ted in 2009 as part of Voyage à Nantes, the cultu­ral pro­ject in­ten­ded to pro­mote Nantes Mé­tro­pole as a des­ti­na­tion – the ex­hi­bi­tion “De­si­gn L’Expo 2016” pre­sen­ted 19 pro­jects, all from Rue­di Baur’s year, from the ele­ven pro­grammes of the Mas­ters cycle cho­sen from a to­tal of 144 gra­duate pro­jects. Vi­sits to the school on 31st March and 28th April, at 14h, with boo­king. Open Day Sa­tur­day 20th May from 11h to 16h. www. le­co­le­de­de­si­gn. com

Peio Uhalde, pré­sident de la marque Al­ki, s’est vu re­mettre le tro­phée de de­si­gn glo­bal de la part de Yann Tri­chard ( CCI Nantes- Saint- Na­zaire).

La chaise “Ma­kil”, de­si­gn Pa­trick Nor­guet. Al­ki

Le bu­reau “Lan­da”, de­si­gn Sa­muel Ac­co­ce­ber­ry. Al­ki

Le fau­teuil “La­sai”, de­si­gn Jean- Louis Irat­zo­ki. Al­ki

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