How often do we go away on holiday on come back with little more to show for it than a fading tan and a bunch of digital pictures? Visit Domaine de Boisbuchet, a country estate in southwest France, between Charente and Limousin, and you're more likely to come back with a spidery chandelier and handwoven chair — or at least the skills to make something inspirational when you get home.
In cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, CIRECA (Centre International de Recherche et d'Education Culturelle et Agricole) has been offering an international summer academy at Domaine de Boisbuchet for twelve years now. For six to ten days, accomplished designers, architects and artists live and work together with visitors.
There are lectures and discussions on product design, graphic arts, photography, architecture, exhibition design and jewelry creation, as well as loads of time to practice and create your own works of art. The results are pretty cool, as you can see in these pictures.
The courses are open to anyone with an interest in design, and luckily for some, they're taught in English. RM
Images: © Domaine de Boisbuchet, F-16500 Lessac