Domaine de Boisbuchet in the French Poitou-Charentes region is a coveted design destination each summer when it hosts workshops led by designers who this year included Patricia Urquiola. The ongoing support of Centre Georges Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum ensure Boisbuchet’s esteem. However, part of its allure and success is its natural setting which has organically evolved over the course of the workshops. A mix of radical buildings and temporary exhibitions reside alongside the historical manor houses, stables and mill, with the addition of experimental structures built during the workshops, including three bamboo houses by Simon Velez, a wooden/cardboard garden pavilion by architect Shigeru Ban and other works by designers Fernando and Humberto Campana and Maarten Baas.
One of the most recent workshops was hosted by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. Well known for work inspired by traditional making methods like weaving and smocking and the exploration of materials, some of her most recognisable designs include the Crinoline collection, the Canasta coffee table and Husk indoor/outdoor armchairs for B&B Italia, the T-Table, Frilly chair and Comback chair collection for Kartell and the Crossing table for Glas Italia.
The focus of Patricia's class titled Semina payed tribute to the limited edition arts magazine of the same name published in the 1950s and 60s by artist Wallace Berman. Strongly interested in the medium of collage to explore ideas, the magazine covered poetry, photography, texts, drawings and images.
The accompanying film produced by Zuzanna Weiss goes inside the workshop at Domaine de Boisbuchet where a group of designers lead by Patricia use fabric, straw, sticks, timber and methods of collage in tune with the philosophy of Semina and contemporary life today.