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"TalentLAB combines the most exciting ideas from a global community of designers with MADE's expertise in making things. The goal? To bring unseen, original designs to our customers."

— Ruth Wassermann, Design Director, MADE.com

 

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Saturaday 14th of october, the World Design Organization designated Lille Métropole as World Design Capital 2020 ! 

 

“We are proud and honoured to be designated World Design Capital 2020. Through Lille Métropole, France as a whole – the home of design – has been chosen. This designation is a wonderful opportunity for the metropolitan area and the nation to demonstrate our capacity to reinvent ourselves.” Damien Castelain, President of Métropole Européenne de Lille.

Underpinning this bid is the capacity of the region, its inhabitants and stakeholders to transform their future. This is a pioneering region driven by the desire to reinvent itself and regenerate its heritage.

How can we reinvent our public policies and the development of our towns and cities, improve public spaces, support the energy transition and come up with new production methods and new ways to feed and house citizens? What education and training options will our children have in the future? What is the society of services currently being shaped?

These are the questions to be addressed by the program for Lille Métropole, World Design Capital.

Beginning tomorrow, we are engaging regional stakeholders (companies, local authorities, citizens, training and research institutes, and cultural destinations) in a grand design initiative. The aim is to identify innovative and sustainable solutions and to accompany this experimentation through design management. This exploratory design process will last from 2017 to 2020 and beyond.

The mobilisation of all citizens, whether individual contributors, entrepreneurs, employees, company directors, schools, universities, towns, third places... is the cornerstone of this project. Each one will draw on their own skills and resources to propose one or more experiments, thereby making a concrete contribution to change.

This network of stakeholders is the prototype for a new kind of design experiment, deployed across the entire region. The idea is to use this living laboratory, this vast design agency, to conduct experiments on improvements and solutions for the economic, social and environmental challenges we face. Our ambition is to create the world’s largest collaborative design agency.

 

Lille Métropole, World Design Capital 2020 is intended as a pilot project driven by all regional stakeholders. By 2020, it will have become the largest scale design experiment ever. The shared objective of all stakeholders is to design, shape and experiment with a world that is made more just, more beautiful and more virtuous by design.

We refer to these experiments as solution prototypes, or Proofs of Concept (POCs), evidence that an idea or solution is feasible.

 

Proofs of Concept (POCs)

Between now and 2020, POCs will be developed by local authorities, companies, citizens, training and research institutes, and cultural destinations, and will be supported by the tools and skills of designers. Each POC will bring together a network of stakeholders, thereby facilitating cooperation, interdisciplinarity and shared practices. The role of the Lille Métropole WDC organizing committee and the République du Design will be to facilitate relationships between innovative project founders, creative contributors and design managers, and to coordinate and monitor the experiments.

 

République du Design

In honour of Jacques Viénot, author of La République des Arts, Métropole Européenne de Lille will soon establish a “République du Design”. It will comprise a consortium of complementary design skills, bringing together anthropologists, ethnologists, sociologists, ergonomists, doctoral researchers, citizens and urban planners, as well as SMEs and representatives from industry, public authorities and local groups.

This République du Design will accompany the POCs until 2020 and beyond, both upstream and downstream, and serve as a joint governance structure of Lille Métropole, World Design Capital 2020. Its multidisciplinary team will monitor uses and how they change, help set out the actions of each POC, and support the creation of teams of designers.

A charter will be drawn up incorporating all of the key aspects of sustainability that are essential to effect change. All of the POC experiments conducted in the region will apply one or more sustainability criteria as set out in the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

2020: a year of events dedicated to design

2020 will be a year in which to showcase the results of a 3-year initiative of trial and experimentation involving all of the region’s stakeholders.

4 major events as part of 3 key phases will take place in 2020. They will address 3 questions relating to design: What is design? How has design transformed our society and our region? How can feedback on experiments with international best practices continue to inspire our Eldorado going forward?

This bid was put together through collaboration between Métropole Européenne de Lille and lille—design.

About Lille Métropole

Every day, Lille Métropole works to serve 1.2 million inhabitants from 90 municipalities. It is responsible for the following key areas: transport, housing, economic affairs, public spaces and thoroughfares, planning and urban development, municipal policy, water, sanitation, household waste, disabled access, wildlife and living environments, culture, sport, tourism and crematoriums. The Conseil de la Métropole, chaired by Damien Castelain since 18 April 2014, comprises 184 members directly elected by the people to serve a mandate of 6 years.

About lille—design

lille—design was established by Lille Métropole in 2011 to boost economic development for businesses and enhance the image of local authorities across the metropolitan area and the wider Hauts-de-France region. One of its missions is to use design to contribute to the region’s sustainable economic development and appeal,         and to help structure the design sector in a way that benefits regional designers (training, incubators, support, networking).

The work of lille—design includes promoting the design approach, supporting design integration, establishing links between stakeholders in the collaborative economy, and contributing to the renewal of public policy through creative approaches.

At the request of Damien Castelain, President of Métropole Européenne de Lille (Lille Métropole), who holds the conviction that design is a driver of development and competitiveness, lille—design accompanied Métropole Européenne de Lille in its bid to become World Design Capital.

lille—design is chaired by Philippe Remignon (CEO of Vilogia) and led by Caroline Naphegyi

 

 

 

 

 

Until 8 September, as we await the decision that may nominate Lille as World Design Capital 2020, together we will be looking at the magazines published by lille—design to help as many people as possible understand and know more about design. We are intent on showing you how design is expressed, understood and experienced in the metropolitan area, highlighting all those who have made it their profession and engage in design practices on a daily basis, as well as the directors, retailers, public authorities and restaurant owners who one day decided to integrate design into their business and overall strategy.

 

Design & innovation

In May 2016, to mark its 25th year, the regional economic magazine Autrement Dit gave lille—design free rein over its anniversary issue. We decided to dedicate it to those who are committed to design in the Hauts-de-France region. From company directors, layout designers and teachers to start-up entrepreneurs and public authorities, we set out to meet with them, identify their different profiles and discover their vision of design. David Ferron, head of design & innovation projects at CCI Grand Lille (chamber of commerce & industry) for the Hauts-de-France region, explains how companies can integrate design at the earliest stages of their projects.

David Ferron, head of design & innovation projects at CCI Grand Lille Hauts-de-France

Download Cahier Design, produced by lille—design as part of the anniversary issue of Autrement Dit

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Beyond aesthetics, usage and practical aspects were essential.

The Jérémy Lenoir bakery collaborated with layout designer Jean Bossuyt to improve its premises in Tourcoing. Here’s a look back at the project.

Read the full article here

Download lille—design’s Made in North vol.3, dedicated to the Commerce Design competition

 

lille—design accompanies and supports designers as they roll out their projects

Tremplin—design

In order to work closely with designers in the Euro-region, lille—design supports their projects, allowing them to be part of a collective dynamic in which industry representatives, craft workers, entrepreneurs and designers come together to structure their activities. The Tremplin—design platform is a perfect example of this.

Read the article on Tremplin—design

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Until 8 September, as we await the decision that may nominate Lille as World Design Capital 2020, together we will be looking at the magazines published by lille—design to help as many people as possible understand and know more about design. We are intent on showing you how design is expressed, understood and experienced in the metropolitan area, highlighting all those who have made it their profession and engage in design practices on a daily basis, as well as the directors, retailers, public authorities and restaurant owners who one day decided to integrate design into their business and overall strategy.


WHAT IS DESIGN?
A look back at publication #0, Qu'est-ce que le design ?

design & medicine

30 companies from the Nord department in France teamed up to create the Concept Room: an ultra-modern, connected, automated hospital room that is optimised to meet the needs of users. This regional initiative is the only one of its kind. The hospital is facing rapid change and a wide variety of needs. Rather than acting alone, entrepreneurs from Clubster Santé (a network of companies from the health sector in the Hauts-de-France region) decided to pool their resources to innovate and together came up with the design for the hospital room of the future.

Interview with Anne-Cécile Ric from Clubster Santé and Matthieu Verbeke, one of the project designers
Download lille—design’s paper #0, Qu'est-ce que le design ?

 

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Success stories

We’ve all had one of them at some point. Chewed, worn away, lost, found again, often mistreated... a BIC Evolution! Discover the history behind the famous pencil!

Read the full article here

Download Made in North vol. 1, dedicated to designers and companies

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Designer profiles

In October 2016 we organised Modes de production at La Condition Publique, an exhibition presenting the diversity of design expressions not only in the form of products and services, but with a focus on the many stages underpinning design: reflection, strategic design, the design process, both creative and industrial, research into materials, assembly systems, solidarity-based usage, environmental footprint, and visual identity.

Discover the profiles of Ani Bedrossian, Gary Berche and Natacha Kopec (KNGB), architectural firm HBAAT and Damien Bertin

Download lille—design’s paper La North Touch vol. 4

Until 8 September, as we await the decision that may nominate Lille as World Design Capital 2020, together we will be looking at the magazines published by lille—design to help as many people as possible understand and know more about design. We are intent on showing you how design is expressed, understood and experienced in the metropolitan area, highlighting all those who have made it their profession and engage in design practices on a daily basis, as well as the directors, retailers, public authorities and restaurant owners who one day decided to integrate design into their business and overall strategy.

 

Urban design

Here’s a look back at our #1 publication, dedicated to urban design. Each of our publications is also intended as a source of inspiration for readers. The case studies presented provide subjective insights into everything we find fascinating, entertaining and surprising. Here you can read case studies dedicated to urban design.

Read the case studies in full here

Download lille—design’s paper #1, dedicated to urban design

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 "With this kind of project, you often think, “I can’t afford to use a professional”, but in the end you’re better off."

The renowned Basilic Café in Lille collaborated with local design and architecture firm Pollux when opening its second restaurant, in the city’s Rue Esquermoise. 

 

Read the full article here

Download lille—design’s Made in North vol.3, dedicated to the Commerce Design competition

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Iléo, l'eau de la MEL

In April 2016 Iléo L’EAU DE LA MEL called on lille—design for its design expertise, and specifically to organise and launch a call for tenders and select someone to design drinking fountains. The successful candidate was Aurélien Véyrat, whose proposal was inspired by the architecture and history of water towers.

Read the full article here

Download lille—design’s La North Touch vol.4

 

Until 8 September, as we await the decision that may nominate Lille as World Design Capital 2020, together we will be looking at the magazines published by lille—design to help as many people as possible understand and know more about design. We are intent on showing you how design is expressed, understood and experienced in the metropolitan area, highlighting all those who have made it their profession and engage in design practices on a daily basis, as well as the directors, retailers, public authorities and restaurant owners who one day decided to integrate design into their business and overall strategy.

 

lille—design paper n°2 Perspectives du design textile

lille—design’s new issue, Perspectives du design textile, offers a faithful reflection of the creative strength and ingenuity of the textile sector in the Hauts-de-France region. It gives readers the chance to learn more about the jewels of this industry: companies, artists, designers and researchers, as well as those who collaborate with them, from the CETI platform and the Union des Industries Textiles to UP-tex cluster and Innotex incubator, and many many more!

An article on the different applications of textiles (Les champs d'application du textile) explores future prospects and the evolution of innovative textiles, describing potential scenarios in respect of 5 major themes: the good life, interior design, construction, transport and health.

Read the full article here

Download lille—design paper n°2 Perspectives du design textile

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“The little anecdote is that the name Villa Paula is taken from my grandmother’s first name. I’m paying homage to the person who gave me my taste for design, architecture, art… and above all the pleasure of receiving guests.”

Collaboration between Villa Paula and architect Nicola Bertini

Discover how a guesthouse and an architect worked together to breathe life (back) into and embellished an art deco house in Tourcoing.

Read the full article here

Download lille—design’s Made in North vol.3, dedicated to the Commerce Design competition

Le design s'explique: a small educational exhibition

The exhibition Made in North – Le design s’explique targets companies in the region and any other organization looking to learn more about design. It is intended to be educational and is a mobile travelling exhibition with one common thread: the question “What is design?”.

With a selection of around 30 objects, products and services, all designed and/or produced in the region, the exhibition endeavours to highlight the many diverse fields of design.

It was put together by lille—design and targets companies in the region as well as institutions and any other organizations looking to learn more about design. It is fully customisable, with à la carte options, and offers anyone who is interested the possibility to present their own exhibition in their company or organization, choosing from a catalogue of around 30 objects.
The items selected by lille—design reveal the many diverse fields of design. They were all designed and/or produced in the region (including the cross-border area).

Discover a selection of items displayed in the travelling exhibition

 

 

Until 8 September, as we await the decision that may nominate Lille as World Design Capital 2020, together we will be looking at the magazines published by lille—design to help as many people as possible understand and know more about design. We are intent on showing you how design is expressed, understood and experienced in the metropolitan area, highlighting all those who have made it their profession and engage in design practices on a daily basis, as well as the directors, retailers, public authorities and restaurant owners who one day decided to integrate design into their business and overall strategy.

 

Design & innovation

In May 2016, to mark its 25th year, the regional economic magazine Autrement Dit gave lille—design free rein over its anniversary issue. We decided to dedicate it to those who are committed to design in the Hauts-de-France region. From company directors, layout designers and teachers to start-up entrepreneurs and public authorities, we set out to meet with them, identify their different profiles and discover their vision of design. Richard Ollier, CEO of Giroptic, was one of them. He told us how design has strengthened his innovation process and contributed to the success of his start-up, which now enjoys worldwide recognition.

Read the interview with Richard Ollier, CEO of Giroptic

Download Cahier Design, produced by lille—design as part of the anniversary issue of Autrement Dit

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We wanted each piece to tell a story, to be aesthetically beautiful and offer technical solutions.

Oskab, an interior design specialist, tells the story of its collaboration with architecture firm RETAILex

Read the full article here

Download lille—design’s Made in North vol.3, dedicated to the Commerce Design competition

 

Designer profiles

In October 2016 we organised Modes de production at La Condition Publique, an exhibition presenting the diversity of design expressions not only in the form of products and services, but with a focus on the many stages underpinning design: reflection, strategic design, the design process, both creative and industrial, research into materials, assembly systems, solidarity-based usage, environmental footprint, and visual identity.

Discover the profiles of Mourad Oural, director of WeThinkDesign, Yana Pellegrini, a textile designer with Bankrupt Design, and Alice Pilastre, founder of Alice Pilastre Studio
Download lille—design’s La North Touch vol.4

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Until 8 September, as we await the decision that may nominate Lille as World Design Capital 2020, together we will be looking at the magazines published by lille—design to help as many people as possible understand and know more about design. We are intent on showing you how design is expressed, understood and experienced in the metropolitan area, highlighting all those who have made it their profession and engage in design practices on a daily basis, as well as the directors, retailers, public authorities and restaurant owners who one day decided to integrate design into their business and overall strategy.
 

 

Here’s a look back at publication #0 Qu’est-ce que le design ?

 

Interviews with Michel Bonord, CEO of SPL Euralille, Fabrice Veyron-Churlet, Operational Director of SPL Euralille, and David Wauthy, architect and urban planner with SPL Euralille. Together they talk about integrating design into their development projects.

 

Read the full interview here

 

Download lille—design’s paper #0 Qu'est-ce que le design ?

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“You have exceptional products but the customer can see everything except them!”

 

Oscar Traiteur, a collaboration between Oscar Traiteur and Belgian layout designer Bossuyt Winkelinrichtin

 

Discover how a delicatessen and a layout designer worked together to improve a retail outlet where the visual aspect takes centre stage.

 

"Our products are presented in such a good light that the value of the average shopping basket went up all by itself." Thierry Adam, manager of Oscar Traiteur

 

Read the full article here

 

Download lille—design’s Made in North vol.3, dedicated to the Commerce Design competition

 

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Designer profiles

 

In October 2016 we organised Modes de production at La Condition Publique, an exhibition presenting the diversity of design expressions not only in the form of products and services, but with a focus on the many stages underpinning design: reflection, strategic design, the design process, both creative and industrial, research into materials, assembly systems, solidarity-based usage, environmental footprint, and visual identity.

 

Discover the profiles of Pierre Joncquez, Sarah Kalman, Camille Khorram & Jean-Baptiste Ricatte and Julien Kieffer

 

Download lille—design’s La North Touch vol.4