In a world which is said to be polluted with objects, the question is to know in what measure is it possible to design furniture today.  In preparation for a job grappling with environmental stakes and questioning the role of design in society Emmanuel Hugnot, Thérèse Nalin and Maelle Pires stand firm for specific social and ecological ethics.

Their projects seek materials which are not only more respectful of the environment, but also longer lasting. Furthermore, while using new manufacturing technologies, the students used artisanal know-how, held by them as a key element for obtaining a singular creation of objects.  

The three chair projects take inspiration from the story of the « artisans of Marolles », a workshop created by the artist and sculptor Jean Touret, in the heart of the Centre-Val de Loire region, in the 1950s.

1. Choir by Thérèse Nalin associates regional know-how, handcraft and digital manufacturing.

2. Entrelacée by  Maelle Pires manages to mix handcraft and digital manufacturing.

3. Konvergence by Emmanuel Hugnot uses a 3D printer to save material.

The chairs are made of common beech, thus favouring a local wood. 


Teachers : Julie Dorffer, Claire Dumont

Technical workshops : Clémence Brunet, Stéphane Détrez, Madi Kassay

Exhibition at the DRAC Centre-Val de Loire
6 Rue de la Manufacture 45000 Orléans
14 to 28 September 2021
Open during the heritage days
Saturday 18 septembre 2021 from 09:30 to 12:30
Saturday 18 septembre 2021 from 14:00 to 17:30
Entry subject to current sanitary conditions