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.
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