ETERNIT ECAL STOOL & ECAL TABLE
DESIGN BY NICOLAS LE MOIGNE
ECAL DESIGN BY NICOLAS LE MOIGNE
IN COLLABORATION WITH ETERNIT ( SCHWEIZ ) AG
Developed as part of the postgraduate study diploma of the ECAL / University of Art and Design Lausanne, this project was conducted in collaboration with the firm Eternit. For more than 100 years, this company has been manufacturing flower pots, outdoor furniture and mainly architectural elements with the material of the same name. “Eternit” is composed largely of cement and of different fibres.
The project results from research into this material with a view to finding new casting techniques. Numerous tests allowed different objects to be developed to prototype stage, and some of these are now being produced and marketed by the firm Eternit.
PROJECT DETAILS ECAL STOOL & ECAL TABLE 2007
Although Eternit is strong, it is necessary to find a way of rigidifying the material using folds and reinforcements. After testing a number of shapes, research finally led to the creation of a stool whose structure is reinforced by a central fold. With this result proving satisfactory, a low table was then designed on the same principle. These two objects are now being produced by the firm Eternit and have been on sale since the beginning of the year.
Photo credits: ECAL /Thomas Adank
'' I don' t want to shock but rather create something functional.''
NICOLAS LE MOIGNEA
NICOLAS LE MOIGNE
Nicolas Le Moigne’ s designs are a celebration of juxtaposition. They show an understanding of, and capacity for, complexity and contrast: seemingly fragile yet resilient, at once artisanal yet also industrial, assuredly sophisticated yet without guile. Like a master swordsman he parries and ripostes between opposing materials, forms and conventions to produce designs that are rigorous and balances.
This equanimity has brought the Swiss designer, a professor at ECAL / University of art and design Lausanne, to the attention of both manufacturers and design galleries alike. Working between industrial companies such as Eternit, Atelier Pfister and gallerie in London, Paris, Berlin and Mexico. Le Moigne’ s dexterous approach is an elegant counterpoint to the chaos of a upersaturated design culture.
CAREER / EDUCATION
Industrial designer, ecal / ecole cantonale d’art de lausanne (2001-2007)
AREA OF EXPERTISE
Master project in collaboration with eternit (2007)
IMPORTANT WORKS / PROJECTS
Trash cube (hocker) for eternit (2011)
Le locle (tisch), le day (kommode) und meyrin (regal) für atelier pfister (2010)
Slip stool, for gallery libby sellers (2008)
Ecal stool and table, for eternit (2007)
Verso diverso, watering can for viceversa (2005)
Public clock, for the city of geneva (2004)
Pot-au-mur, flowerpot for serralunga (2003)
Bourses fondation leenaards: lauréat (2009)
Swiss federal design grant: lauréat (2008)
Design preis schweiz: nominated (2008)
Macef design award: winner (2005)