Until November 2018, the Musée national Picasso-Paris presents an exhibition of the new benches the iconic museum has acquired, which were created by Isabelle Baudraz, ECAL Bachelor Industrial Design student, and produced by French furniture brand Tectona.
Originally introduced during the Milan Design Week, Isabelle Baudraz’s ‘Tie’ bench was designed after ECAL commissioned a group of students and graduates to carry out a study on the seats of fifty museums or so in Europe (Germany, England, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland). The modular Tie bench has been imagined in order to fit the evolving, ever-changing needs of any museum.
Inspired by this survey, 2nd year Bachelor Industrial Design students worked with materials of their choice under the guidance of designer and professor Chris Kabel. Isabelle Baudraz’s ‘Tie’ bench was selected from the projects put forward before being assessed in situ to make sure it blended with the architecture of the museum and the works of the Spanish genius. The benches were finally produced by the outdoor furniture company Tectona (name derived from “teak” wood), renowned for their collaborations with various designers.
“The Musée national Picasso-Paris challenged ECAL to create new seats, at once practical and discreet and yet with distinctive character, for the exhibition areas. We rose to the challenge.”