Emile De Visscher

MA work

In a world of consumption, where lies time for attachment? Natural processes have their own pace. They are now brought at home, domesticated, digested. My project is about this deterritorialisation.


I developed a way to build nacre, the material pearls are made of. With the help of scientists, I was able to combine ceramic and polymer to obtain this bio-composite. The particularity of nacre is its huge toughness (it is nearly 1,000 times tougher than ceramic), and of course its beauty. Suddenly, nacre is not limited to pearls, it comes out of its shell in an explosion of shapes.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2012

  • In a world of consumption, where lies time for attachment? Natural processes have their own pace. They are now brought at home, domesticated, digested. My project is about this deterritorialisation.


    I developed a way to build nacre, the material pearls are made of. With the help of scientists, I was able to combine ceramic and polymer to obtain this bio-composite. The particularity of nacre is its huge toughness (it is nearly 1,000 times tougher than ceramic), and of course its beauty. Suddenly, nacre is not limited to pearls, it comes out of its shell in an explosion of shapes.


  • Degrees

  • MSc, Mechanical Engineering – Material Sciences and Industrial Design, University of Technology of Compiègne, France, 2009; BA, Engineering, University of Technology of Compiègne, France, 2007
  • Experience

  • Internship, current design affairs, Dominique Mathieu (designer), Paris, France, 2011; Internship, exhibition design, interior design, Eric Benque (designer), Paris, France, 2009; Internship, predictions on high-tech Metal Matrix Composites, Snecma (engine manufacturer), Paris, France, 2008
  • Exhibitions

  • Paradise, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, 2012; IDE: Past, Present and Future, Imperial College London, 2012; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2012; Go Global, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, 2011
  • Awards

  • James Dyson Foundation Bursary, 2012