The King of Workshops
To celebrate the 25 years of the most famous seminar for designers, a new workshop set in the Domaine de Boisbuchet’s gardens.
by Porzia Bergamasco
Once upon a time there was a castle where great minds met to create a new and innovative teaching method. This was 25 years ago in a castle found in the Domaine de Boisbuchet, in Lessac, France, dating back to 1860. Alexander von Vegesack – co-founder and director of the Vitra Design Museum up to 2011 – turned the castle into a center for research and agricultural studies (CIRECA) for designers and architects, in 1989. Directed by Mathias Schwartz-Clauss and an heterogenous team of professionals, the center calls in for international students each year from June to September, with 29 seminars developed by weekly programs. Taught by the most famous contemporary project designers, these seminars address different aspects of a single theme: this year the selected theme is Design and Community. A subject that wants to put the emphasis on design as problem solver of public, private, and social issues.