The exhibition Homework, Une École Stéphanoise presents the work and background of a dozen or so young professional designers who all have in common the fact of:
• graduating at the end of the years 2000 (2007- 2009)
• being almost in their thirties (28-29 years old mostly)
• working in the Saint-Etienne region
• for the most part having been trained at the Saint- Etienne Higher School of Art and Design.
The exhibition takes a sensitive look at the production of these professional designers, and shows with this selection of talent how the choice of design as a major axe of regeneration for the town has been able to create a fertile breeding ground encouraging the emergence of a young generation of creators. Having been trained in Saint-Etienne, they chose to stay on to live and to work.
The designer, Eric Jourdan, the curator of the exhibition and teacher at the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design (ESADSE) for over twenty years, reflects on this exemplary case, unique in France: “How do young
designers decide to remain in their original region while working throughout France ? This unusual situation is a challenge which has been made possible due to the particularly successful synergy with the Cité du design and the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne”.
These designers, and many others, have chosen Saint- Etienne by conviction, and by a desire to participate in a collective adventure, by placing their creations in a context of local development. Their clients, publishers and prestigious galleries (Cinna-Ligne Roset, Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, Petite Friture, Domeau & Pérès, Souvignet) are here but also elsewhere throughout France, which is proof that working in Saint-Etienne is very well perceived.
This young generation of designers has put its creativity at the service of some emblematic projects in the region (Saint-Etienne Tourist office, Geoffroy Guichard football stadium) and participates actively in the singular story of a particularly hospitable and sensitive town, which was designated member of the UNESCO creative cities of design network in 2010, alongside Buenos Aires, Berlin, Montreal, Nagoya, Kobe, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Seoul, Graz and Beijing. A story which is sufficiently original and emblematic for the Cité du design and the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design to propose that this production be brought together and made available to the public.
Eleven designers or collectives coming from the Saint-Etienne region, and elsewhere : Atelier BL119 (Grégory Blain et Hervé Dixneuf), Atelier Tourette & Goux (Nicolas Tourette and Thomas Goux), Rémi Bouhaniche, Pascaline de Glo de Besses, Philippine Lemaire, François Mangeol, Numéro111 (Jennifer Julien, Sophie Françon and Grégory Peyrache),
Jean-Sébastien Poncet, Amaury Poudray SO FAR SO GOOD, Julien De Sousa.
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