Together with Centre George Pompidou, Paris, and Centre International de
Recherche et d´Education Culturelle et Agricole (C.I.R.E.C.A.) Vitra Design
Museum is offering a range of workshops led by renowned international
designers and architects. The workshops will be held at Domaine de
Boisbuchet, an old manor house in Southwest France (Charente).
Two workshops will be held each week (Monday through Sunday)in the period
July 3 - Sept. 17, 2000. The seminars will focus on hands-on work,
supplemented by lectures and discussions. Workshops 2000 will be led by:
Matteo Thun (I), Andrea Branzi (I), James Irvine (GB), Johanna Grawunder
(USA), Vladimir Kagan (USA), Simon Velez (COL), Maria Blaisse (NL), Ed
Annink (NL), Janice Kirkpatrick (GB), Jean-Marie Massaud (F), Franco Clivio
(CH), Hans Hansen (D) and many others.
The highly varied range of courses extends from topics relating to
architecture, interior design, object design, furniture design and fashion
design right through to photography. The workshops will consider both open
issues and specific projects. For example, Simon Velez will erect a bamboo
building, Vladimir Kagan will concentrate on the design of games and game
ideas, while André Dubreuil will devise furniture items made of reinforcing
steel. Italian designer Matteo Thun will creative tackle the element of
water. The workshop led by James Irvine will construct vehicles, that will
be put to the test in a race on the last day of the course. The new
millennium also raises the question as to the future path design will take.
Andrea Branzi and Dutch designer Marcel Wanders will both devote themselves
to this topic - if from different perspectives.
The venue of the courses is Domaine de Boisbuchet, an idyllical country
manor dating from the 19th century. Surrounded by spacious park-like lands,
the Domaine provides not only an ideal setting for the workshops, but also a
serious of attractive leisure time opportunities, such as canoe tours on the
Vienne river, bathing in the lake on the manor grounds, etc.
Course participants are accommodated in simple but comfortable rooms, each
with several beds. For an additional fee, single-bed or two-bed rooms are
The price for a one-week workshop including accommodation, full board,
course fees and materials is EUR 575 for students. All other participants
pay EUR 750. (All prices excluding travel). Participants must be 18 years or
Comprehensive information on the workshops is to be found in the Internet.
A folder and video can be obtained from:
Vitra Design Museum
79576 Weil am Rhein
Tel: ++49 - (0)7621 - 702 35 74
Fax ++49 - (0)7621 - 702 35 74