A C E: Camille Blin / Emmanuel Mbessé / Arnault Weber
Product and Industrial Design
'Collection 1', furniture collection
Three Aces of Design
The A C E Studio has won the Federal Prize for Design with a six-piece furniture collection. A C E is made up of the three industrial designers Arnault Weber, Camille Blin and Emmanuel Mbessé who completed their training course at the ECAL together in 2009.
The intelligently combined 'Collection 1' consists of a chair, a self-supporting shelf, a table, a coffee table and two lamps. The most striking feature is the chair whose backrest is that of a bench. It gives the person sitting in it additional elbowroom on both sides when resting their arms and thus makes for healthy dynamics even when sitting over long periods of time.
It is the first venture of a furniture company founded by A C E which principally aims at sustainability rather than quick profits. For the furniture, indigenous ash wood (solid or laminated and glued but not joint plates) was used, a type of wood which, unlike other conifers, is not used often.
In addition, the designers made a point of only working with local craftsmen. For the co-production with them, they exclusively used already existing medium-sized production machinery. Since the aesthetic of A C E is thus influenced by the production equipment, clear geometric forms prevail whose simplicity also manifests itself in the execution. The furniture is assembled by the simplest method possible, and the joints of the furniture too attest to the high quality of the work of A C E.
The three partners pursue their ambitious plan of working together with designers of their generation, thereby providing them with an opportunity to benefit from the know-how of Swiss craftsmen. The new objects, completing the first collection, are going to be revealed gradually.
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