Thanks to the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association, i was able to attend a summer workshop at the Domaine de Boisbuchet. My goal was of course to get my hands on tools and materials, learn from students and fellow designers, but also to get an idea on how this design camp operates at an international level and chat with the man himself, Alexander von Vegesack. Behind this well-tuned organization is the founder of the Vitra museum, who not only owns the domaine, but holds exibits around the world, with his mind-blowing collection of design masterpieces; from classics motorbikes to rare modern furniture, his passion for design is an ongoing adventure without boundaries.
This educational center is situated on a 15th century estate in the country's southwest region between Poitou-Charentes and Limoges. It is a unusual and very charming setting to work on a design brief, such as the one given by Peter Marigold during his workshop entitled "Thinking through making". Ironically, Peter gave us a familiar exercise; working with a poor\recycled material (fruit boxes) to build a functional chair as well as other permutations using the same material; the kind of project i give my students at Concordia. Time was a key element and the challenge was accepted. It was a very beneficial experience to reposition myself on the other side by working with students and to revisit the basic steps of a design project.