Claude Lévy-Soussan, the former director of the Agora Gallery, established the eponymous Grant in 1983. Initially awarded on an annual basis, the Grant aimed to stimulate innovation by allowing professional designers to pursue a pet project. Since 2007, the Grant has been allocated every two years to a designer under the age of forty and domiciled in France. The Grant, which stands at €15,000, offers the chosen designer the time and money to pursue his or her project. They also receive the supervision of the chairperson of the jury and/or the president of the Agora Grant Association, at three meetings that mark the different phases in the project’s development. Two years after the allocation of the Grant, the designer is invited to present his/her work.
The jury’s mission is to identify designers conducting projects in three key areas: space, product and message. Particular emphasis is placed on innovation at the service of the community, sustainable development and new uses.
The chosen candidate in 2015 was Nathanaël Abeille, with a project that aimed to redistribute solar light. In 2013, Pierre Charrié was awarded the Grant for his ‘sonic surfaces’. Antoine Boudin’s project on the cane of Provence was chosen by the jury in 2011.
The jury met again in September 2017 and awarded the Grant to Samuel Tomatis for his inspiring project ‘Alga’.