Woven research: a symposium

This one-day symposium coincides with the end of Hella Jongerius’ exhibition "Interlace, woven research". It brings together designers, design and art historians, curators and researchers to address a series of themes including: weaving and clothing’s production and economic futures, designers’ engagement with material culture and the locale, and how contemporary practices and technologies enable the development of ancestral weaving techniques.

10.30: Doors open, coffee served
Morning moderated by Alice Rawsthorn (design critic and writer)
11.00: Anne Röhl (art historian)
11.30: Pascale Gatzen (artist, educator and fashion designer)
12.00: Roundtable discussion
13.00: Lunch break

Afternoon moderated by Catherine Geel
14.30: Yemi Awosile (designer)
15.00: Christien Meindertsma (designer)
15.30: Break
15.45: Flavia Carraro (anthropologist)
16.15: Christel Vesters (writer, curator and teacher)
17.00: Open discussion and Q&A

The day will conclude with the launch and signing of the book "Interlace, woven research" published by Lafayette Anticipations and designed by Irma Boom, in presence of Hella Jongerius and Irma Boom
Lafayette Anticipations
Friday 06 Sep 2019
from 11 am to 06 pm

Full. With simultaneous interpretation into English and French

Vue du Symposium Recherche Tactile © Lafayette Anticipations
Symposium Recherche Tactile, Conclusion of the morning moderated by Alice Rawsthorn © Lafayette Anticipations
Symposium Recherche Tactile, Conclusion of the afternoon moderated by Catherine Geel © Lafayette Anticipations

Comprehensive program of the symposium


The designer Hella Jongerius (born in 1963) has become known for the manner in which she fuses industry and craft, high- and low-tech, traditional and contemporary.
After graduating from Eindhoven Design Academy in 1993, she founded the Jongeriuslab studio, where she has pursued independent projects and also created products for major clients, including Maharam (New York), KLM, Kvadrat rugs and Royal Tichelaar Makkum (Netherlands), Ikea (Sweden) and Vitra (Basel). She has been the Art Director for colours and materials at Vitra for many years.

Hella Jongerius leads on the same front fundamental research and industrial developments. A little more than two years ago, she wrote with Louise Schouwenberg a manifesto entitled Beyond the New which conspired frenetic desire for novelty in production, highlighting the need for common reference to fragile know-how, in ethical and societal considerations. This text but also the entire career of Hella Jongerius has a considerable influence on younger generations of creators.

Works by Hella Jongerius have been shown at museums and galleries such as Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and MoMA (New York), Design Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Moss Gallery (New York) and Galerie kreo (Paris). In 2017 Hella Jongerius was awarded the Sikkens Prize.
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Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and author of the critically acclaimed books Design as an Attitude and Hello World: Where Design Meets Life.
Her weekly design column for The New York Times was syndicated worldwide for over a decade. A leading public speaker on design, Alice has spoken at important global events including TED and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Born in Manchester and based in London, Alice is chair of the boards of trustees of The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Yorkshire and Chisenhale Gallery in London. A founding member of the Writers for Liberty campaign for human rights, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to design and the arts.
Catherine Geel is a design historian, curator, editor, artistic director and project director. As a professor, she teaches history and theory of design at ENSAD Nancy, ENS Paris-Saclay, and Sciences Po Paris.
She is associate researcher at the Centre de recherche en design (ENS Paris-Saclay-Ensci-Les Ateliers), and member of committees and advisory groups (i.e. the bilingual Franco-Swiss research journal Raddar, scientific advisory group of the Cité du design, etc.). She co-founded T&P Work UNit, a work unit focusing on design texts and projects, with Marie Lejault, and Sophie Breuil. In 2019, Catherine Geel has been curator of the French presentation at the Milan design Triennale, directing and programming French presence in Milan. 2019 has seen the publication of her book Les Grands textes du design commentés par Catherine Geel… (Paris : IFM/Regard) and T&P will this year publish Extended French Theory and the Design Field…On Nature and Ecology. A Reader. (C. Geel & C. Gaillard, ed.). and Staatliches Bauhaus cent pour cent, (David Bihanic, ed.) with 50 French contributors (designers, graphic designers, theorists, etc.).