"The idea of this initiative is to support the international exchange of design students from Singapore during a six to 10-day workshop with the common goal of exploring various themes and quickly translating the new insights and discoveries. The Domaine de Boisbuchet in France is a very inspiring environment, which leads to high creativity but also to many long-lasting international friendships between participants coming from all over the globe. It will surely become a memorable experience for the winners coming from the Singapore design schools." Patrick Guntzburger, Vitra

In an inaugural partnership between Vitra and Space Furniture Singapore, the Vitra+Space Summer Workshop program will offer two Singapore design students the opportunity to take part at Domaine de Boisbuchet’s summer design workshops in France in 2012, including camp fees, lodging, airfares, transfers and stipends.

First opened in 1986, the Boisbuchet concept was initiated by Alexander von Vegesack, Founding Director of the Vitra Design Museum. Developing the idea over 20 years, von Vegesack sold his Thonet chair collection to buy the property and grounds in south-west France.

Product design, graphic arts, photography, exhibition design, jewellery and architecture are all explored during the workshops, which focus on design process, making, craftsmanship and design thinking. Emphasising practical, creative work, and complemented by lectures and discussions, the workshops are led by celebrated designers and thinkers from around the world and have involved Maarten Baas, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Jaime Hayon, Jasper Morrison and Shigeru Ban.

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