Every two years since 2014, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has invited craftspeople, designers and engineers to take part in the Skills Academy. With a strong emphasis on collective intelligence, this programme – emblematic of the Foundation’s commitments – aims to undertake broad explorations of universal materials by bringing together prospective visions and the transmission of skills.
An adept of both glass and crystal, designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has been chosen as the pedagogical director of this fifth edition of the Skills Academy. By selecting this double, transdisciplinary theme, the Foundation seeks to approach the arts of glassmaking in all their richness and complexity. The Academy will look to (re)discover and explore the historical, symbolic and aesthetic resonance of glass and crystal, as well as their chemical and physical properties and their economic and social dimensions.
To this end, the Foundation is proposing an ad hoc programme that will enable participants to enrich their knowledge through monthly talks by specialists, open to the public, as well as through masterclasses reserved for the academy participants in which they will discover sites specialising in glass production, preservation and research. Academy participants will also be invited to put into practice the skills acquired through these multiple encounters in a final, collective workshop.