FORA.tv Speaker - Pierre Keller
Recognized as one of the best design schools in the world, the Lausanne University of Art and Design, known as ECAL, owes its meteoric rise to a director who is invariably described as intimidating, irreverent or charismatic.
For some, Pierre Keller has probably done as much to revitalize the image of Swiss design as the invention of the Swatch. With his untiring commitment and his often unconventional but successful approach, he has succeeded in creating an institution that has an influence well beyond the borders of Switzerland.
Just as Pierre Keller's lack of formality and his epatant statements are received by the general public, so too the college's projects, with their emphasis on the practical, have caused a sensation. The notable feature of these is that distinguished designers and successful companies take part alongside the students. In an exemplary way, Pierre Keller brings design and the business world together. His latest exploit – the relocation of ECAL to a new site in Renens – was also something quite out of the ordinary.
“Design schools are the most important centers for the production of ideas”, says Paola Antonelli, the design curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, who describes Keller as “a tornado of ideas, an irresistible force in the world of design.”
11.20.08 | 00:58:38 min
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