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"Design Workshops in France"
2002-05-08 until 2002-09-21
Vitra Design Museum
Weil am Rhein, , DE Germany

In cooperation with the Centre George Pompidou, Paris, and the Centre International de Recherche et d‘Education Culturelle et Agricole (C.I.R.E.C.A.), Vitra Design Museum is offering workshops conducted by internationally famous designers and architects. The workshops will be held at Domaine de Boisbuchet, an historical country estate in the south west of France (Lessac, Poitou-Charente).

In the period from July 07 – September 21, 2002 two workshops per week (Sunday through Saturday) will be taking place. These seminars will focus on practical work. Complementary lectures and discussions will also be provided. The 2002 workshops will be conducted by: Tokujin Yoshioka (Jap), Matali Crasset (F), Mats Theselius (S), Ronan und Erwan Bouroullec (F), Werner Aisslinger (D), Sevil Peach (Türkei), Janice Kirkpatrick (GB), Toshiyuki Kita (Jap) and many others

The courses on offer are highly varied, with topics ranging from the fields of architecture and interior decoration to object design, furniture design and even turnery. The workshops will both be addressing open questions and tackling concrete projects. Elie Mouyal, a famous architect from Marocco will build an earth architecture dome, Japanese shooting star Tokujin Yoshioka will explore new design ideas related to a magnet and Sevil Peach will design spaces. In the months of May and June Vitra Design Museum organizes special workshops for universities, which want to explore design and architectural questions. This year the Pratt Institute, one of the oldest and best known universities of the U.S., and the Tec of Monterrey the biggest private university of Latin America will take part in the program.

The courses will be taking place at Domaine de Boisbuchet, an idyllic 19th century country estate. With its extensive, park-like grounds, the Domaine offers not only ideal surroundings for the workshops, but also a number of attractive leisure pursuits such as canoeing on the river Vienne, swimming in the estate's own lake etc.

Participants will be lodged in simply but comfortably furnished dormitories. Single and double rooms are also available at an extra charge.

The cost of a one-week workshop including lodging, full board, course fees and materials is EUR 600.- for students, and EUR 800.- for all other participants (all prices exclusive of travel costs). The courses are open provisionally to participants from 18 years upwards.

Comprehensive information on the workshops is available at: http://www.design-museum.de/workshops

A folder and a documentary film (video) can be ordered from:

Vitra Design Museum
Charles-Eames-Str. 1
79576 Weil am Rhein
Tel: ++49 - (0)7621 - 702 35 74
Fax ++49 - (0)7621 - 702 45 74

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