Tomorrow's world will be shaped by tomorrow's products, and these will be the responsibility of today's design students. The University of Art and Design Lausanne, or ECAL, is playing its own part here. It is one of the top ten art and design colleges in the world, and it offers courses in six areas, Fine Arts, Cinema, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Photography, Media & Interaction Design. Its courses combine theory and practice, with intense interaction, discussions and experimentation.
ECAL/de Sede Workshop
Students come here from all over the world, for a good reason. Brands of the stature of Audemars Piguet, Baccarat, Hermès, Vacheron Constanton, Ruinart and others keep a watchful eye on the students emerging from the college. The credit for this can be attributed in large part to Alexis Georgacopoulos, Director of ECAL, and Nicola Le Moigne, who directs the Master of Advanced Studies in ‘Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship.’ Vacheron Constantin has been a partner to this Master course since 2013, as the company's history and approach reflects the course's approach to perfection: the idea of combining contemporary creativity with ancestral expertise.
Fiona Krüger, navy blue Skull watch
Swiss families have been handing down specialist skills from generation to generation for centuries, and this is the concept that was developed by students who had the opportunity of working with artisans from Vacheron Constantin in order to make a series of objects on the theme of ‘Time’ and the four seasons of the year, using materials such as paper and glass. The objects were presented at the Milan Furniture Show last April and later at the Swiss Pavilion at EXPO, also in Milan.
ECAL has also worked on window decorations for Hermès boutiques in Switzerland, and in this case the students were asked to develop a display based on the brand's theme of ‘Metamorphosis,’ combining elegance, poetry and simplicity with modernity. Another example of this collaboration between the college and industry is provided by Swiss company DeSede.
For their 50th anniversary de Sede, famous for their leather and upholstered furniture, asked ECAL to design an armchair that was presented at the Cologne Fair in January 2016 and will also be on show at the Milan Furniture Show in April 2016.
You can see examples of work by students at ECAL directly at the college in Lausanne, which has its own gallery for contemporary art and design, named ELAC. With a floor area of 550 square metres, it is one of the largest galleries belonging to a college. It provides the chance of getting a glimpse of the artists and designers of the future.