Graduates of the Lausanne art and design university displayed wide-ranging innovation despite the difficult circumstances for students this year. Here’s a collection of our favourite works.

AIDING INDEPENDENCE IN OLD AGE

Sarah Hossli

Aiding Independence in Old Age, an armchair design, gives greater mobility to elderly users. Extended handrails wrap around the piece and enable them to get up intuitively with minimal residence. Designer Sarah Hossli conducted research in care homes, did prototype testing with residents and sought the expertise of medical and care experts as well as manufacturer Girsberger Customized Furniture to develop the seat.

OPTIMIST

Emilie Stoll

Industrial designer Emilie Stoll reimagined the parasol with her project, Optimist. Recipient of the Prix Group Roca/Laufen, Optimist ‘is designed to be as simple and effective as possible, both functionally and aesthetically’, says Stoll. Built using fibreglass profiles and ropes, Stoll’s model is simultaneously flexible and durable, with an inverted opening of the shade fabric.

CULINA HORTUS

Alice Dermange

Created to provide aromatic plants indoors with an extra boost, Culina Hortus is a luminaire that complements natural light flow through a space. Alice Dermange configured two positions with the sinuous ceramic-body lamp: one for an individual plant and pot, and another suited to multiple containers.

MIDI

Clémence Buytaert

Midi is a continuation of industrial designer Clémence Buytaert’s thesis project Eating Without a Table, which focused on workers who eat lunch in public spaces. The urban furniture carves out a space for them: constructed from cast iron and wood, its arched, modular design invites people to eat as individuals or in pairs.

CLAP

Francois Lafortune

Also recognized with the Prix Group Roca/Laufen, the Clap chair ‘emerged from a reflection on the evolution of student working spaces’. Responding to the fact that classrooms often have changing inhabitants, Francois Lafortune incorporated the moulded plastic-and-plywood seat design with a storage system that makes it possible for students to keep their belongings safe.

SHIFT

Jeffery Lambert

Jeffery Lambert’s Shift chair reflects the shift to a ‘more remote working culture’. Developed to be used in office or living spaces, the work chair champions versatility. Flat-packed, distributed online and with parts easy to replace or recycle, Lambert hopes that Shift also helps promote greater accessibility of quality and sustainable furniture.

NATT

Jérémy Aberlé

How can you reconnect urban dwellers with nature? Jérémy Aberlé asked this question in designing Natt, structures which encourage passersby in cities to rest in green spaces like parks or schoolyards. Aberlé strung nets from tubular steel structures for the project, making a physical platform which can accommodate multiple users.

VIGIE

Hugo Paternostre

Setting out to shine a new light on public surveillance, Hugo Paternostre conceptualized Vigie,  a camera for users in public spaces. Paternostre’s project was born out of the idea to critically investigate the role of surveillance cameras, which are still considered ‘mysterious objects’ despite the fact that there will be more than a billion worldwide by 2021.

JIM

Nicolas El Kadiri

Jim makes body training equipment available to all within the urban landscape. The street furniture design by Nicolas El Kadiri allows a range of poly-articular movements because of steel grip tubes on each side of the piece. Two platform levels made of ash wood form the foundation of Jim and host multiple seating positions.

FLIP-FLAP

Theo Luvisotto

Half chair, half stepladder, Theo Luvisotto's Flip-Flap is a design for children. The adaptable piece makes it possible for ‘children to focus on a personal activity but also to gain autonomy’ with the provision of height the stepladder gives. After a young user is done sitting, they can flip the backrest down to easily utilize the alternative function.