"Heat, re-heat, me-heat" was the theme of the second Prix Émile Hermès, a triennial competition that aims to push young designers to another level. We showcase the finalists and winners as chosen by a jury chaired by Toyo Ito.
“The Prix Émile Hermès was created in 2008 to foster creativity in young designers
by offering them the chance to explore a specific theme as the starting-point for an original, vital contribution to the aspirations of today’s society, and by providing support and encouragement at a pivotal phase in the development of their professional activity.”
- Pierre-Alexis Dumas,
President of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
1,460 entries were received, from 63 countries - 50% from professional designers, 24% from students, 15% from architects and interior architects.
Applications opened on September 15, 2010 and the prize was awarded on October 18, 2011.
1st prize: 50,000 euros
2nd prize: 25,000 euros
3rd prize: 15,000 euros
Arnaud Le Cat, Esther Bacot & Luther Quenum
These 2009 graduates of industrial design from Strate College, Paris, are the founding
members of the experimental collective Unqui Designers.
Based on the trio’s observation of traditional Norweigian cooking methods, the founding members of Unqui Designers have devised an economical, energy-efficient cooking system for slow-cooked casseroles and stews. According to the designers, this simple system,
designed mainly for slow-cooked stews and casseroles, can save around 75 per cent of the energy needed for a dish of beef bourguignon, or 45 per cent of the energy used for a typical vegetable stew.
Daniel Abendroth & Andreas Mienhardt
Andreas Meinhardt is a multifaceted creative designer who initially trained as a goldsmith and modeller in the jewellery industry. Daniel Abendroth is a graduate in international marketing and industrial design who founded his own design studio in Leonberg (Germany) in 2001.
H-Agent is an innovative, portable heating system capable of automatically capturing and storing excess heat to be re-diffused in cooler spaces, as detected by the device. The object – in the form of a mobile black box – is an intelligent heating system fitted with heat-seeking sensors designed to identify sources radiating excess heat. Mounted on motorized wheels, H-AGENT moves automatically around an interior space, guided by its infra-red sensors. Its
black colour and specialist material (PCM, used in the construction of socalled ‘passive’ self-heating and self-cooling buildings) allow it to detect and store heat to a maximum temperature of 26°C.
After graduating from Stockholm’s Beckmans School of Design in 2005, Jarl Fernaeus set up
his own studio specialising in product design, interior architecture and graphic design.
Targeted at developing countries, this stove – designed for mass production – aims to deliver optimal energy efficiency as a significant contribution to the fight against pollution, deforestation and poor food hygiene. The eco-stove is the young Swedish designer’s response to statistics showing that almost three billion people around the world cook
on open wood fires.
Special Mention by the Jury
Mohsen Saleh & Seyed Abdolnasser Taghavi
Italy / Iran
Based in Milan, the Iranian-born design duo are committed to sustainable development
and design, collaborating on innovative projects using solar power.
Based on a new application of the principle of the Fresnel lens, Mohsen Saleh and Seyed Taghavi have designed an innovative architectural module capable of delivering 40% of a household’s electricity and 60% of its domestic heating needs, using solar energy. The project’s designers use high-concentration photovoltaic technology (HCPV) developed by French and international start-ups to concentrate solar energy using Fresnel lenses, producing more electric power than conventional installations. The architect and designer have chosen to combine HCPV with a solar tracker allowing the lenses to follow the
sun’s course for optimal exposure, providing direct heating for domestic water.
Masahiro Asakura co-founded the Tokyo design agency Store Muu in 1997, and has specialised since 2000 in the creation of minimalist, utilitarian objects for everyday use.
These removable hand warmers for chilly bicycle handlebars are inspired by traditional Japanese hot-water bottles. Filled with hot water, the handles function as hand-warmers, for a comfortable winter ride. When the water is cold, the handles make convenient watering cans for plants.
Jeremy Murier & Daniel Martinez Tinena
As fellow students on the luxury-sector Masters programme at ECAL (the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne), French-born Jérémy Murier and Spanish-born Daniel Martínez Tiñena joined forces to respond to the call for projects for the Prix Emile Hermès 2011.
Crafted in pumice stone and lava rock, the Volcanic Casing is a ‘transitional object’ designed to capture heat from a specific source and diffuse it in a bed or living-space, thanks to the natural conductive properties of lava rock. The Volcanic Casing is a rectangular block of volcanic rock in a perforated outer casing of oak. The stone can be warmed in a fire (at home or out of doors) for two to six minutes, absorbing the heat thanks to the air contained within its naturally porous structure. The heat is then trapped and gently diffused through the perforated wooden casing – in bed, under canvas, on a sofa…
Raluca Egger & Johannes Egger
Based in Frankfurt with her husband Johannes Egger, Romanian-born Raluca Egger studied for her international baccalaureate in Greece before training at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg, the Milan Academy of Fine Art, and Politecnico di Milano. Johannes Egger graduated in industrial design from the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee.
This elegant rug is also a portable heating device, connected to the central heating system of a house or apartment and designed to heat a small, localized space within the home, reducing the household’s energy consumption as a whole. Isole comprises flexible radiator tubes sheathed in cotton and woven into a rug with thick skeins of wool. I twas inspired by the traditional Japanese hibachi hotplate, used to heat the table area at mealtimes.
Felix graduated from Cologne’s Ecosign Academy for Design in 2002, and founded his own
industrial design agency – Formstark – in the same city shortly afterwards.
Hotplate Hotspot is a heated table-mat designed to collect and diffuse residual heat from an electric or vitroceramic hotplate: an easily-transportable dish-warmer for the table or kitchen. Based on a simple concept, and extremely simple to make, the heated table-mat consists of a thick stainless steel disc that can be placed on an electric hotplate or vitroceramic cooktop that continues to radiate heat after use.
Heat Pad Pencil
Chihiro Konno & Kenjo Ohashi
Kenjo Ohashi is a young industrial designer working for Asatsu-Dk Inc. (Tokyo) and joined forces for the Prix Emile Hermès 2011 with London-based Japanese graphic artist Chihiro Konno, who graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2010.
Crafted in bamboo, this pencil comes with a small recycled bamboo-fibre sachet designed to receive its shavings, after it has been sharpened. When the sachet is sealed, it becomes a heat pad thanks to the composting process of the bamboo. Professor Hiraku Sat of Kanazawa University has shown that bamboo shavings generate temperatures of up to 50°C during fermentation, which takes from two to three years. Based on his findings, Japanese
designers Chihiro Konno and Kenjo Ohashi have created a heat pad using bamboo pencil shavings.
A graduate of the prestigious Politecnico di Milano in 2005, Gabriele Diamanti worked as a
designer with Milan agencies Makio Hasuike & Co. and Isao Hosoe Design Studio, before
launching his independent design career.
Italian designer Gabriele Diamanti has invented an eco-distiller running on solar power, to provide safe drinking-water for people in developing countries: a simple way to produce healthy, bacteria-free water. Made from terracotta, recycled plastic and anodised zinc, the device produces five litres of drinking water daily, is designed to function without filters or
electricity, and requires minimal maintenance.
Cut Carry Burn
Nicolas Farinotti graduated from ENSAAMA/Olivier de Serres in 2011, having
already completed a traineeship at S.T. Dupont, and an Hermès internship in 2008 – the prize for his winning design (a pair of ‘lucky charm’ gloves) in a competition organized by the Comité Colbert.
This solid steel axe combines three functions in a single object. It not only chops wood, but allows the user to bundle and transport it using an integral leather strap, and finally to light it using a flint lighter concealed in the shaft.
Clotilde Fromentin-Felix and Dong-Sook Lee-Taupin
Clotilde Fromentin graduated from Paris’s Ecole Camondo in 2003 and has worked as a freelance designer ever since. In 2010, she joined forces with another Camondo graduate, Korean designer Dong-sook Lee-Taupin, to create their own agency, Nuudesign.
CoverMeHot is a warming rug or throw – a domestic object capable of storing and re-diffusing heat thanks to the use of innovative, hi-tech fibres combined with the traditional techniques of French Alençon lace. The specific properties of the new materials allow them to store and release ambient heat (from a radiator or open fire) over long periods. The throw comes with its own ceramic, heatresistant case, enabling it to be easily carried to a yoga class, office, or bed while losing none of its warmth.
Toyo Ito, Architect (Japan), President of the Jury 2011
Jurgen Bey, Designer (Netherlands)
Mel Byars, Design historian (USA)
Pierre-Alexis Dumas, President of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and General Artistic Director, Hermès (France).
Françoise Guichon, curator; Head of the Design department at the Centre Pompidou-Paris (France).
Chantal Hamaide, Editorial Director, Intramuros (France)
Pascale Mussard, Vice-President of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and Artistic Director of ‘petit h’, Hermès (France)
Bernard Yannou, Engineer, Professor at the École Centrale de Paris, Deputy Director of the Laboratoire Génie Industriel (France)