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Cécilia Luvsen and "Kilometer", from bike to carpetDuring a stay in San Francisco in California, influenced by the "zero waste" policy which reigns there, Cécilia Luvsen decides to embark on upclycling and to transform the used inner tubes of bikes into textile material. Finalist of the "Vitrine pour un designer" competition in Tournai (Belgium) with this project, "Kilometer", she joined the Lille-design incubator in January 2015. The designer now wishes to carry her project in a semi-artisanal way, and position itself on the luxury market.
Why did you choose upcycling? Upcycling came to me naturally because it is not only a question of recycling but of enhancing by making a material qualitative (here, the inner tube) and, by the same token, preserving and enhancing a know-how (here, the textile by weaving). I discovered the inner tube as a raw material in San Francisco, crisscrossed by many cyclists, and I liked this parallel between the object "carpet" of ground revised in matter of luxury contrasting with the first life of the inner tube. air, just as close to the ground but invisible and unrecognized. Why "Kilometer"? "Kilometer" has several meanings: the idea of the recycled inner tube (the kilometers traveled by bicycle) and the idea of duration (the infinite cycle of upcycling). For what type of interior did you create Kilometer? Kilometer has been imagined for interiors that are sufficiently refined to enhance textures and materials. In a case of warm neutral colors, the Kilometer products are at the heart of places of life and passage. Kilometer is addressed to few people for the moment, it is above all a step which I hope will continue to grow. It is destined to remain a luxury product combining tradition and creativity.
Noémie Lenancker and "Urban Break"
How did you come up with the idea of making a "modular" bag? I had carte blanche to create a nice textile product for the participants in "Design for change" and I really liked the theme of the competition. I wanted to create an object conveying the notions of mobility, the handbag, but also immobility with the relaxation area. "Urban Break" allows you to both stroll through your city and land somewhere when the time is right. Who is "Urban Break" for? The first version of the bag was created for students who participated in a competition. The final version will rather be aimed at BtoB partners who could personalize it and then offer it to their employees. Or why not to the administrations and museums which would then sell it as an advertising object. The bag would also be very useful for a young mother who does not find a dry and clean place to change her baby or for vacationers as a beach towel. Will it be customizable for individuals? Ultimately, we can imagine proposing a library of different patterns. Each bag can, once unfolded, hang on to another to create a larger relaxation area, you can quite create four patterns with the same theme which, once connected, create a larger design. How about a giant Scrabble? The idea is to offer an experience through textiles.
Tim Defleur and "Registered Model"
How did you come up with the idea for this armchair without nails or screws? I lived alone in Brussels, I wanted something simple to make, practical. I thought about digital cutting, I wanted an armchair with minimalist looks, which is practical. Each piece fits easily with the others and together form an armchair simply formed from poplar plywood panels. Who is "Registered Model" for? There is no particular target, one can quite imagine the armchair in someone who does not have much space but likes to receive, it is a pretty alternative to the simple folding chair. The range can also work very well for a person wishing to furnish his terrace. Everyone can imagine and create their own personalized space. The armchairs are also practical for people who use their laptop or tablet a lot because some seats are "abnormally" extended on the side, thus offering like an end of sofa. The range is made in France, in Tourcoing but its prices remain quite made affordable. It was important to keep, despite everything, an accessible dimension. For what type of interior did you imagine this range? The range, with its light wood and simple lines, clearly has a Scandinavian side, and this is normal because I am very inspired by Nordic designs. The simplicity of the furniture allows them, I think, to integrate into different environments, why not a pop interior, more colorful. The furniture is sold in raw wood but nothing prevents buyers from then personalizing it, painting it to add their personal touch.
The Saprophytes and the "Factory of DIY architecture"
How does the DIY architecture factory work? After wandering around the neighborhood by truck, we wanted a more sustainable mode of operation, offering access to know-how, tools and materials. We offer themed courses to which everyone can go for free. We operate on the idea of sharing, no currency is exchanged: a board costs a nail, if we help someone, we earn 5 nails, etc. The goal is to promote activity and mutual aid, create common goals, and set up collective projects. Who did you think of when putting your concept in place? It's really an idea that came to us to help the locals, but anyone can come. We would like to forge a special bond with the Pile (the neighborhood, note). And then, the project is also beneficial to Saprophytes, it is an opportunity for us to deepen our knowledge, to experiment. The DIY architecture factory is constantly evolving. Maybe we will change the themes of our internships, maybe we will be less present in the hall in a year. Would you like to export your concept? Not at all ! It's really an idea that we had for our neighborhood, it's a link to the land. The DIY architectural factory remains in Roubaix. The concept does not belong to us. This approach of upcycling, mutual aid, advice, deepening of knowledge can completely be used by other people, in other cities. This is what we wish and encourage, but we will not be in charge of similar projects elsewhere than at home.
Dométhilde Majek and "Rives Nord", territory and service designAfter studying at the School of Art and Design in Valenciennes, Dométhilde Majek devotes his final dissertation to a multidimensional approach through the design of port landscapes. From this thesis comes the idea of "North Shore": rehabilitating the Deûle canal by imagining an itinerant (floating) architecture which is modular.
Tell us a bit about your concept. When I wrote my brief, I realized that a good number of channels were not or no longer exploited to their full potential. My idea was therefore to invest part of the Deûle canal, to offer a place that promotes the mix of urban functions, to make the Meûle a vector of relationships. "Rives Nord" should contribute to the economic dynamics of the district, to add to existing municipal activities, by offering several services to residents. What type of service will you offer? At the start, there will be a sale of local and organic market gardening products as well as a traveling canteen offering products from the region. We are also thinking of setting up an educational program for the services of companies located around the canal. The purpose of this program would be to discover the rich history of the neighborhood. Nothing, however, is set in stone, "Rives Nord" will be modular, services may evolve and change. What type of citizen did you think of and imagine "Rives Nord"? "Rives Nord" is dedicated to creating social cohesion, a place of exchange in the neighborhood. The project was therefore mainly designed for workers and citizens living around. Of course, anyone passing by will be able to enjoy the facilities.