Created in 2013, Hors Pistes initiates exchanges between artisans and designers from all over the world.
Through the organisation of residencies, Hors Pistes initiates creative exchanges between artisans and designers. During a month long residency, designers and craftsmen share their respective skills and explore a craft technique. The resulting collaborations foster the transfer of artisanal know-how and question its heritage and future, by proposing new applications to traditional manufacturing methods.
An editorial team follows the workshops by capturing the working atmosphere of the residence and living environment.
By going “off-road”, Hors Pistes offers professionals the opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary laboratory and to reflect on conventional production models by encouraging innovative creative processes..
Co-founder & residency program coordinator
Amandine David (*1988, France) is a product designer who graduated from La Martinière Diderot (Lyon, France) in 2010. Before settling in Brussels, she had had several working experiences around the world - as she went to Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Vietnam. In the meantime she developed projects with different artisans including cabinetmakers, fine leather craftsmen or ceramists.
Émile Barret (*1989, France) is a photographer who graduated from ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland) in 2012. His protean visual corpus, mainly composed of analog large formats. He has an anthropological point of view and focuses his interests on the state changes happening in our perceptions of the world. In 2013 he won the Swiss Design Award and the Public Award of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, which led him to be an artist-in-residence in London.
Rémi Heintz (*1989) is a pure player of decorative arts. After working for Christofle and Baccarat, he manages Saint-Louis collections : Tableware, Decoration and Lighting. Rémi’s trademarke is to combine modernity and singular know-how.
Co-founder & design project development lead
Marie Douel (*1988, France) is a product designer who graduated from ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland) in 2012 after a diploma of upholstery-decoration at Ecole Boulle (Paris, France). Since 2009, she went numerous times to BurkinaFaso where she experienced different craft and industrial methods. She also worked in Singapore, India, London and New York.
Project and exhibition manager
Lucile Vareilles (*1985, France) graduated from INSA (Lyon, France), as a mechanical engineer in 2010. After spending two years at the French Embassy in Switzerland, she made a career shift and decided to follow her passions. Since then, she's taking part in several international projects, as coordinator, manager, editor or writer, etc., in the fields of design, graphic design, print and photography.
Lead graphic designer
Gwendoline Lémeret (*1986, France) is a freelance graphic designer who graduated from ESAAT (Roubaix, France) in 2006. Since then, she has been working in different European countries (France, Belgium and England) and in Asia (China and Vietnam). She combines her private and professional interests by working mostly in music, culture, fashion and home decoration.
Project and exhibition manager
Cécile Vulliemin (*1988, Switzerland) graduated with a bachelor in sociology, communication and art history in 2010 and a Master of Museum Studies at University of Neuchâtel in 2014. She had multiple experiences in diverse cultural institutions in Switzerland in the museum, contemporary art or music fields such as exhibition curating, art education, communication and artist’s assistantship.