Nicolas Le Moigne
Products and objects
'Alps Express', shelving system
Lifeblood and Metal
The germ of the idea for the 'Alps Express' shelving system was planted when Lausanne graphic designer Demian Conrad had the idea of bringing out a line of objects designed exclusively by Swiss designers. Conrad's first project for his Dadadum label of products was a collaboration with product designer Nicolas Le Moigne. The two quickly discovered their shared interest in ‘good old' Swiss furniture designs by figures like Willy Guhl, Max Bill and Ueli Berger and by manufacturers like Vitra, Lehni and Wogg. Conrad and Le Moigne quickly agreed that the storage system should be simple to produce and should permit a variety of functions.
Early on in the creation process, Nicolas Le Moigne had the idea of an article of furniture constructed from only one material which would permit different configurations by means of folding. A module had to be developed that would ensure the necessary robustness and stability through simple horizontal and vertical folds. In his search for the correct proportions, the designer quickly progressed to 3D models constructed from cardboard and adhesive tape, which were also used to test the fold system. The designer chose Schätti metalwork in the canton of Glarus as best suited to ensure effective production. After the first prototypes had been assessed, the final decisions on materials, production and colour could be taken.
This is the second time that Nicolas Le Moigne has won the Swiss Federal Design Award, having previously won it in 2008. He has made a name for himself in the Swiss design scene over the past few years, and new products designed by him regularly appear in the Swiss specialist press. Some of his designs have been in production for a number of years and enjoy considerable popularity. In addition to the completed 'Alps Express' shelving system, Le Moigne submitted a detailed informational brochure on the product's design process to be judged in the second round of the selection process. This brochure reflects the designer's talent and shows the lifeblood that went into 'Alps Express'.