Matieres specifiques


Non-electrical appliances for the home

Matières spécifiques questions the current design and use of appliances within the home, whereby objects with high energy consumption and planned obsolescence have become the norm. The designer proposes a more sustainable approach, using basic physics to ensure an economy of means. An earthenware air humidifier uses capillary action to diffuse water through its paper-clay surface, while a woven tapestry acts as an air conditioner. Tubes containing a phase-change material, a substance capable of storing and releasing large amounts of energy, are woven within the structure, absorbing heat and producing a decorative blue pattern as the material cools.

Maxime Louis-Courcier

  • Maxime Louis-Courcier
    École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI)

    Always curious to know how objects work, it was very early that I found my way : to design objects. After a Bachelor in Product Design at ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres in Paris, I had the chance to integrate ENSCI-Les Ateliers in 2013, the national school of industrial design in Paris. I graduated in June 2018 with my project combining research into materials, dialogues with engineers and industrial design : "Matières Spécifiques". The project won the Special Mention of the Jury of the Villa Noailles 2019, it was also awarded with a Red Dot Design Award "Best of the best" and exhibited at international fairs. I am concerned about providing new answers to today's ecological challenges. That's why I design objects that question obsolescence, the excess of technique and the over-consumption of objects dedicated to domestic comfort. Based in Paris, I therefore develop research projects next to my industrial designer activity, with the desire to always be fair and pragmatic.more

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