Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2014

Nicolas le Moigne’s designs are a celebration of juxtaposition. They show an understanding of, and capacity for, complexity and contrast: seemingly fragile yet resilient, at once artisanal yet also industrial, assuredly sophisticated yet without guile. Like a master swordsman he parries and ripostes between opposing materials, forms and conventions to produce designs that are rigorous and balanced.

This equanimity has brought the Swiss designer, and now also Head of the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, to the attention of both manufacturers and design galleries alike. Working between industrial companies such as Eternit, Serralunga or Atelier Pfister and galleries in London (Gallery Libby Sellers), Paris (Galerie NextLevel), Berlin (Helmrinderknecht Contemporary Design), Brussels (Fine Art Silver) or Mexico (Ediciones Jalapa), le Moigne’s dexterous approach is an elegant counterpoint to the chaos of a supersaturated design culture.

The Belgrade Design Week was the best design conference I have ever enjoyed – the specific spirit of the city in a kind of in between status, the rough tension which can still be felt ten years after the bombs, the pride and the looking for new orientation especially in the young generation – all this is giving the BDW a special flair far away from the current events of the global design circus. In addition the enthusiastic organizational team trying hardly but unsuccessfully to keep the program along the schedules, the informal exchange between the international speakers, the loss of any discipline, the parties on the river … what ever and how ever the interrelations between these aspects are working – it makes the BDW an unique, likeable, inspiring and productive event, I will never forget.