EXP08: UQAM Grad Show 2008
by Eric / April 26, 2008

We asked special MoCo correspondent/ designer/ blogger Eric Demay to attend this year's University of Quebec in Montreal Design Grad Show (on now until Sunday). He submitted this report.


Another spring, another body of students graduating from design schools worldwide. And as most schools traditionally do, students' design projects are presented to the public via an exhibit of some sort much to the satisfaction and contentment of students, parents and teachers, and to the enjoyment of fellow designers, design aficionados and curious visitors alike.

MoCo Loco was at the Centre de Design at the University of Quebec in Montreal's school of design where graduating students of the environment design program were showcasing their works. Simply billed "EXP08" the show featured a large amount of architecture projects, furniture prototypes and objects of all sizes. After the jump, a few of our favorites of the furniture and object projects presented.



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Public ceramic seat for the Quartier des Spectacles. Designer: Manon Otto, tutor: Koen de Winter.

Manon Otto was awarded the grand prize by the Quebec Association of Industrial Designers (ADIQ) for her ceramic public seat design. The project was developed with the new Quartier des spectacles of Montréal in mind as a context of implementation, the city's quarters where every grand summer festival takes place.

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After being awarded a grant by the Jacques Garnier Foundation to pursue the idea, she prototyped and crafted a vast number of pieces before getting the design right. The sphere shaped seat hints at the graphic identity of the Quartier des Spectacles (a series of red dots), a clever and coherent follow-up to the red spot-lighting already installed over the sidewalks in front of the many venues. "And the beauty of the project and the material," she adds "is the infinite types of finishes applicable to the ceramics, all of them infinitely durable." Because of its capability to be screen printed, she suggests the city could also use the seats as visual displays for the various events in the neighborhood throughout the year. Now with the ADIQ prize in one hand and the prototypes in the other, Otto will be submitting the project to the city in hopes of further development and eventual integration in Montreal's festival furniture.


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Mural Dishwasher. Designers: Marie-Christine Lacasse & Marie Claude Savard, professor: Patrick Evans.

Reviewing everyday objects the designer duo of Marie-Christine Lacasse and Marie Claude Savard tackled rethinking how a dishwasher should work, as part of, and displayed in, the kitchen space. Combining the cabinets where you would usually store dishes, the idea is to simply drop the dirty dishes on the rack and the autonomous dishwasher fills up and does it's thing - cleaning and washing, moving from one cabinet to the next.

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Sliceform: a cardboard bench composed of 80 identical cardboard cutouts, cheap to produce, easy to assemble. Designer: Elise Vigneault, professor: Patrick Evans.

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And then there was a prosthesis for bicycle symbiosis: the simple almost utopian question the designers were trying to find an answer was: "how can we join together as many bicycles as possible, uniting people and their forces together?" The video speaks for itself:

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Designers: Nicolas Dubois-Robitaille, Nicolas Rodrigue-Trudel & Thomas Lacombe
Professor: Patrick Evans

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Wooden Chair. Designer: Valérie Boulanger, tutor: Koen de Winter.

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Ceramic Bowls, Designer: Hakim Abdi, tutor: Koen de Winter.

Combining rapid-prototyping principles and the traditional craft of ceramic making, Hakim Abdi created a series of unique mechanically-crafted ceramic bowls. The designer explains; "The use of ceramic with this process is quite relevant because the resulting pieces are not merely imitating another material, they are real and finished products." Hakim received an honorable mention from ADIQ for his work.

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Occasional bed. Designer: Mylène Gaudet, professor: Patrick Evans.

Investigating the living conditions of the local homeless, the designer sought to propose a portable solution for sleeping on the street. Made entirely out of cut out trashed cardboard, the bed is light, cheap and easy to make (or fix), high enough to distance oneself from the cold flooring and surprisingly comfortable to lie on.

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Sonya, an inflatable light. Designers: Marie-Êve Cloutier & Jacinthe De Guire, professor: Patrick Evans.

An inflatable light: the more you inflate the balloon, the brighter it gets. Perfect for hosting a party, gage the deflation to the speed you want your guests to leave.

A few of the other projects in Patrick Evans class are illustrated and explained in this short video:


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