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published on 16.11.2022

Tremplin Awards: a springboard for the new generation of designers

Once again, the winners of the Prix Tremplin have distinguished themselves by their creativity and innovation. This year, four young designers have been awarded prizes for their end-of-study projects, which respond to the problems of our rapidly changing society.

It is already the 17th edition of the Prix Tremplin, an annual competition organized by BeCraft for designers who have graduated from an Art School in Wallonia and Brussels regions in Belgium. The 2022 class has submitted some very interesting entries in fields as varied as bookbinding, leather goods, cabinetmaking and, of course, design.

With this initiative, BeCraft wishes to encourage the talent, creativity and curiosity of young designers. After a meticulous selection by a jury of experts, BeCraft awards various prizes, in the form of grants, or in the form of support from partner organisations (Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles Paris, Hectare Galerie, Job'In Design, Maison du Design and Wallonie-Bruxelles Design Mode).

Among the ten or so winners of the various prizes, four designers propose, through their end-of-study jury, innovative projects that are in phase with current society. Four young graduates to follow without further delay!

Yoann Piccardi graduated in Textile Design at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre (ENSAV-La Cambre). He created EggwaveWorkset, an artisanal egg carton reuse network with a utopian goal: to change the world by raising awareness of aesthetic, resilient, ecological and social creation. Inspired by textile, design, sculpture, art and architecture, the designer has developed sensitive and functional forms, through artisanal series. He offers Eggwave under a CreativeCommons license as well as workshops, so that anyone can take ownership of the industry and work towards positive resilience.

(c) Yoann Piccardi 

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels (ARBA-ESA) in textile design, Louise Richard submitted MultiFelt - histoire de pulls. Her project revalorises forgotten wools (damaged jumpers, neglected local wool, etc.) in the form of a hybrid, multilayered felt. Its basic challenge: how to create a textile material from reused materials without depending on industry? While wool processing industries have progressively disappeared in Europe, the designer proposes through this project to reflect on the origin and the future of the textiles that surround us: jumpers can continue to tell a bit of their story, and their existing qualities can be highlighted once again.

For his graduation project in Industrial Design at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre (ENSAV-La Cambre), Maxime Trassebot asked himself how to create dismountable, solid structures with low environmental costs. With Connect, he created new assembly systems cut directly from metal tubes, without welding, all using a single industrial process. By choosing a single material, standardising the manufacturing process and the (de)assembly system, the designer ensures that the packaging of his parts is optimised and that they are recycled.

Florian Martin studied Industrial Design at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc Liège (ESA Saint-Luc Liège). For his graduation work, he looked at remanufacturing for small logistics. Through his Microm cargo vehicle, he shows how he was able to give a second life to motorised medical vehicles (specifically those identified as recurrent waste in an association for people with reduced mobility). This project targets the urban logistics of our pedestrian hypercentres, giving Microm a place in the mobility of tomorrow's professionals.