Foundations, incubators etc. : the role of accompanying structures in supporting new creative talent. Friends with Benefits ? 

École Boulle, amphitheater, 11th April – 11.00 – 12.30

Function & fiction, places & discourses, aesthetics & economics, public & private, local & global, object & artwork, reality & reflection, tools & services, promotion & prostitution


-Léonore CONTE, PhD student in graphic design
-Éric DUBOIS, École Boulle


– Alberto CAVALLI , Executive Director of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship and Director of the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte
– Alexandre ECHASSERIAU, Designer, multiple award winner
– Marc MONJOU, Editor-in-Chief, Azimut periodical
– Françoise SEINCE, Director, Ateliers de Paris

What conditions are necessary to ensure the transmission of knowledge and know-how?

École Boulle, F16, 11th April 11.00 – 12.30

If the notion of transmission is often associated with that of heritage, and hence with the incurring risk of repetition or of being pointless, it also transcends the idea of donation as it questions its significations, as well as the implication of its actors. The act of transmission takes place in a context which is at once a material, cultural, economic and ideological one, and which contributes, in the eyes of the receiver, to the ‘construction’ of the information that he/she is supposedly being transmitted. It is in this multifaceted context that the relationship between the receiver, his/her existing knowledge, and the transmitter, come into play. 


-Laurence BEDOIN, École Estienne


– Saïd BERKANE, Deputy Managing Director, Fondation Culture et Diversité
– Arnaud DUBOIS, Researcher and Curator at Musée des arts et métiers – CNAM
– Jérôme PICARD, Design Director at 3RW arkitekter
– Béatrice QUETTE, Head of the Educational and Cultural Department – Musée des Arts Décoratifs
– Grégoire TALON, Dean of Soft Materials Division, Les Compagnons du Devoir

Citizenship: resolving tensions

École Estienne, E210 12th April 10.30 – 12.30

Together, we aim to debate on and look for answers to the societal issues at stake in the current state of our economically and ecologically over-saturated world.

Citizenship will serve as a guideline in our approach to educational and social practices committed to envisioning the future of design, of the city, and of the planet. We propose a collective reflection on the notion of individual responsibility for all stakeholders – designers, architects, sociologists, urban planners – in order to find solutions to create new patterns of life.
Three languages:
-Together: For education and transmission
-Together: Towards a new participative and collaborative approach
-Together: Towards social ecology as a concrete objective in offering future generations “feasible utopias” which are effective.
Three guidelines for resolving conflicts:
-To get “where”? The question of mobility.
-To get “where”? Redefining growth.
-To get “where”? Towards the creation of new systems.


-Isabelle SINCLAIR, Ensaama


– Jean ATTALI, Architect and philosopher, ENSAPLV
– Nawal BAKOURI, Founder of a social design platform
– Virginie NICOLAS, Urban lighting engineer – Concepto
– Marine ROYER, Designer and lecturer at Nîmes University


Together to endorse innovation

École Estienne, Amphitheater, 12th April 10.30 – 12.30

Contemporary creation combines a structural triangle between design, science and technology, bringing together the decisive factors for an environment that encourages, intensifies and combines the connections between industry sectors, academic transmission and design research, in order to obtain the application of knowledge to innovate products and / or processes, highlighting the status of a culture of innovation through the contribution of the design approach.


– Patrick DOS SANTOS, École Estienne


– Jean-Luc DELPEUCH, President, HESAM University
– Marc DONDEY, General Manager and Artistic Director, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
– Jean-Louis FRÉCHIN, Architect, Designer, Founder of NoDesign
– Laure GARREAU, Experience Designer

Places, roles, statuses? Creative process and work logic in the fashion industries

École Duperré, 109/110, 12th April, 14.00 – 15.30

Fashion and luxury encompass powerful industries, which can be as versatile, transversal and forward-looking in the quality of the products they offer as in the creative processes they create.

From advanced traditional craftsmanship to the digital revolution, from the insularity of the studio to the worldwide sequenced workshop, from the confidentiality of know-how to hyper media promotion, and from the hierarchy of the fashion house to the freelance designer … How have the creative process and the logic of work organization evolved in these industries? What do they have to tell us about all the industries related to creation today?


– Mathieu BUARD, École Duperré
– Céline MALLET, École Duperré 


– Laetitia BAQUÉ et Victor MOLINIÉ, Fashion designers
– Mathieu CHAUSSERON, Maison Hermès (subject to confirmation)
– Olivier JAULT, Freelance shoe designer, Repetto, Jean-Paul Gaultier
– Priscilla JOKHOO, Dean, Business Department – French Federation of Women s Ready-to-Wear
– Giulia MENSITIERI, Post-doc at LIEU (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Instructor at The New School, Parsons Paris

Interdisciplinarity : what conditions are necessary for shared exchange ?

École Duperré, 306, 12th April, 14.00 – 15.30

In contemporary creation interdisciplinarity is the realisation of the complexity of our world, and the multiple layers of meaning which compose it. What conditions and means (tools, structures, protocoles, language) are necessary to enable us to accomplish this meeting-based method of exchange, derived from both a holistic vision and the association of multiple viewpoints?

Matthieu LAMBERT, École Estienne 

Julien BOBROFF, Physicist and professor at Université Paris-Sud
– Dezzie DIMBITSARA, UX designer, Google
– Catherine GEEL, Historian and Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art, member of the Design Research Centre at ENS Paris-Saclay.
– Anaïs LEPAGE, Art historian and curator based in Paris.


Industry and Cinema?: what place for the creator in the organization of work?

(Hierarchy, status, role of each member in the global chain)

École Duperré, 109/110, 12th April, 15.30 – 17.00

If we consider that the working world is an organization which requires skills and expertise in order to optimize creative, technical and economic performances, then it becomes interesting to question the human and structural issues implemented in this complex network. How does the creative act reveal itself, define itself and participate in a global process within an industrial chain, and more specifically in the world of film?  


– Géraldine HERVÉ-DANNHAUER, École Estienne

-Gwendal BESCOND, Production designer
-Émilie BRISAVOINE, Film director
-Anthony MASURE, Associate Professor of Design at the University Toulouse

How to create a whole and consistent set from a collection of singular designs?

École Duperré, 306, 12th April, 15.30 – 17.00

How can designers and editors, creators and curators, manage to work together and promote a singular aesthetic approach, while building a solid and coherent signature ?
Despite being happy alone, the creator needs the support of an editor ! To widen their scope, to sell, to communicate, to excel. Together they are able to pilot better projects and to define a unique editorial slant.

These are the issues we will be raising with a designer, a design gallery manager, and the editor-in-chief of a magazine.


– Clémence MERGY, École Duperré


– Angelo CIRIMELE, Founder of Magazine style, media & creative industry magazine.
– Élise FOUIN, Designer
– Annie RAUCOULES, Manager, Silvera – Bastille store
– Isabelle de PONFILLY, General Manager, Vitra France


A View into the Creative Eco-system of French Luxury

Ensaama, Amphitheater, 13th April, 10.30 – 12.30

Designers occupy a singular position in the French luxury industry where creativity and innovation are the result of a fruitful collaboration between designers, engineers and artisans. This round table will propose a view on this original model through the analysis and the testimonies of actors, and will present the teaching methods developed by Ensaama and the University of Evry, in collaboration with Comité Colbert, in order to train designers who are able to meet this interdisciplinary challenge: work together to get there.


– Xavière BOUYER, Ensaama
– Valérie SANDOZ, Secretary General, Comité Colbert


– Nicolas BOS, Global President and CEO, Van Cleef & Arpels
– Serge BRUNSCHWIG, COO, Christian Dior Couture, President, Dior Homme
– Agnès LIELY, Decor Development and Int’l Visual Merchandising Director, Chanel
– Gérard PORCHER, Lecturer and Research Fellow, Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne


International Workshop at Cumulus Paris 2018

Together at the Centre Pompidou

Ensaama, 305, 13th April, 13.30 – 15.30

The designer’s view of the living museum – collections, works, site and missions.

Moderators :
– Jérôme PICARD and Jean-Christophe VALLERAN, workshop coordinators

In the context of the Paris 2018 Cumulus Conference hosted by the Césaap partnership of the four Parisian schools of Art & Design – Boulle, Duperré, Estienne and Ensaama – an international transdisciplinary workshop was proposed to students from colleges affiliated to Cumulus.

On the museum’s invitation, the Together at the Centre Pompidou workshop took place within the Centre Pompidou from Tuesday April 3rd to Saturday April 7th 2018, and offered young designers the possibility of working in teams on subjects linked to the living museum as embodied by the Centre Pompidou.

The students were invited to approach the works, the collections, the site, and the missions of the museum with a designer’s eye.

It was a real opportunity for in situ transdisciplinary work in the context of an international learning exchange.
The project was supervised by a team of teachers from the four Parisian schools and coordinated by Jérôme Picard from the Norwegian architecture agency 3RW.

It also benefited from the support and equipment of the curatorial and cultural communication departments of the Centre Pompidou.

The Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, is a 20th-century architectural marvel, immediately recognizable by its exterior escalators and enormous coloured tubing. It is home to the National Museum of Modern Art and is internationally renowned for its 20th and 21st-century art collections. The works of iconic artists are displayed chronologically over two sections: the modern period, from 1905 to 1960 (Matisse, Picasso, Dubuffet, etc.), and the contemporary period, from 1960 to the present day (Andy Warhol, Niki de Saint Phalle, Anish Kapoor, etc.). In addition to its permanent collections, internationally-renowned exhibitions are organized every year on the top floor, where visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of Paris and its rooftops. Everything you might need to spend a pleasant half-day, or indeed a day in the museum is available: eat at Le Georges, learn more at the public information library, and take a break browsing the shelves of the museum gift shop. At the foot of the Centre, the Atelier Brancusi presents a unique collection of works by this artist who played a major role in the history of modern sculpture.

What can design teaching learn from contemporary collaborative design practices ?

Ensaama, Amphitheater, 13th April 13.30 – 15.00

Collaboration is nothing new to design teaching : both historically-significant design schools and applied arts institutes in France have integrated collaborative work into their teaching methods (whether between designers or in association with other disciplines). However, a new brand of design activities seems to be centered around new values of collaboration : “participatory design”, “co-design” or even “open-design”, etc.

Nounja JAMIL,  École Duperré
– Frédéric VALENTIN, PhD student at Telecom Paris-Tech – CO-DESIGN LAB


– Marie-Virginie BERBET, Innovation Methodologies Team Manager – R&D Essilor
– Valentine CHAUVEAU, Design student at ENS Paris-Saclay and Aesthetics at the Sorbonne Paris-1
– Emmanuel GILLOZ, FabLab Manager at Le Dôme, Caen
– Manuel ZACKLAD, Professor and researcher, CNAM