Tristan Girard

Department: Contextual Design


My story begins with a journey through my grandfather’s garden. I realize now that the days I spent there had a great influence on my relationship with nature and raw materials and even on my design practice.

We are drunk with the feeling that development consists of asking more and more of nature, increasing our feeling of power. What is the link that design has with this notion of power? How does this association underline the relationship we have with the nature?

As designer objects are pieces of the natural world, I made mine
by taming nature through observations and experimentations.
The created objects slide between us and the environment, challenging both of us.

At the end a duality is exposed: on one hand we want matter to obey
our demands, on the other hand we want to find the beauty and harmony that exist within nature - the old conflict between desire and reality.

The design practice could be seen as a facilitator between those
two entities.

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Photographs: Femke Rijerman