Wallpaper* Profiles Boisbuchet Design Workshops


Just west of the Vienne river in the south-west of France lies Boisbuchet, home to an idyllic 370-acre estate that plays host to a series of week-long design workshops each summer. Each course is led by a different designer, and the one profiled in the latest issue of Wallpaper* magazine challenged participants to give new uses to old objects. Led by Fernando and Humberto Campana, the dynamic brothers from Brazil, participants were encouraged to "be free and ridiculous" and the results netted, among others, a series of loungers from empty wine containers and a set of cutlery the brothers think should be taken to design supercenter Milan for immediate production. The workshops are run in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and draw in participants from across the globe for a week of local dining (a resident chef prepares the group's three meals each day from almost exclusively regional ingredients), local Bordeaux and a whole new perspective on design and the opportunity to try something totally different. For us, it doesn't get much better than combining recycling, high-design and a week in the French countryside; the only downside is we have to wait until summer for more. ::Boisbuchet via ::Wallpaper* December 2006

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