Heart of Glass

ECAL / University of Art and Design Lausanne


Alexis Georgacopoulos (School director)

Augustin Scott de Martinville (Project leader)

Eleonora Castellarin (Project assistant)

Camille Blin (Exhibition design)

Joël Vacheron (Texts and interviews)

Luke Archer & Leonardo Azzolini
(Art direction & graphic design)

Contributions by

Camille Blin, Ronan Bouroullec, Cyril Porchet, Mathieu Rivier, Pauline Saglio, Augustin Scott de Martinville,
Brynjar Sigurðarson and Baker Wardlaw, in collaborations with glass experts such as Matteo Gonet or the CIAV Meinsenthal

Heart of Glass is the outcome of a workshop project over several semesters which was part of the MA course in product design at ECAL [the University of Art and Design in Lausanne]. The objective was to explore the design potential of glass as a material for the area of art and design in a way that would be both practical and experimental. Under the direction of highly regarded designers and glass experts, and in cooperation with glass-processing companies including both craft workshops and industrial enterprises, students had the opportunity of studying traditional and state-of-the-art techniques and methods of glass processing and trying them out in practice. The presentation of the objects created in connection with the workshop, in the form of an exhibition, a publication and a website, constitutes an integral part of the project, which would like to see itself as a model case study for the practice of creative design research at colleges of design.

Comments by the Nominators

This research project has succeeded in illuminating the different approaches to design and production involving glass, and illustrating the potential of the material. The didactic presentation of the research results also makes an excellent impression.