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Emmanuel Tibloux & Samuel Tomatis: Designing rural worlds (Agir pour le Vivant)

The Foundation is a partner of the Festival Agir pour le Vivant (August 2023, Arles) and is organizing three “Créateurs Urgence Climat” meetings as part of the “Conversations à ciel ouvert” cycle, available as audio podcasts on the website and on listening platforms.

How can we become one with the earth? How can we conceive of a body of water and earth whose relationship to the ecosystem is shaped through creation?
Emmanuel Tibloux, Director of the École des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, and promoter of the Post-master Design des mondes ruraux, an ENSAD program in the Dordogne dedicated to the development of rural areas through design, talks to designer Samuel Tomatis, who is constantly pushing back the potential of algae, about a bio-design through which living beings, human and non-human, help and regulate each other in a reciprocal way.


Conversation Août 2023, Jardin Lapidaire, Arles (France)
Guests: Emmanuel Tibloux, Director of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, promoter of the Post-master Design des mondes ruraux program, and Samuel Tomatis, designer and graduate of ENSCI – Les Ateliers, specializing in bio-design.
Moderated by Nathalie Guiot, Founder-President of the Fondation Thalie, and Chiara Vecchiarelli, curator of the program Creators facing Climate Emergency.

Emmanuel Tibloux
has been Director of the École des Arts Décoratifs since 2018, formerly Director of the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. An alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud, he has directed the École supérieure d’art et de design de Saint-Etienne, the École régionale des Beaux-Arts de Valence and the Institut français de Bilbao. Emmanuel Tibloux’s project for the École des Arts Décoratifs takes into account the specific characteristics of this school of excellence, which welcomes over 800 students a year. In 2019, he initiated the plan for a “Transition School”, making the École des Arts Décoratifs the first higher education establishment to adopt an ecological transition plan. He is also the initiator of the Post-master Design of rural worlds, a delocalized program at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Nontron, Dordogne.


Samuel Tomatis graduated in 2016 from ENSCI – Les Ateliers, following a diploma at the Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués. The young designer has a close relationship with science and ecology. His work oscillates between industrial design and ephemeral architecture. Seduced by the sea and the phenomenon of tides, his research revolves around the world of maritime resources, and seaweed in particular. He collaborates with a wide range of professionals, including scientists and craftsmen. Experimentation, working with materials and eco-design are at the heart of his approach.
Winner of numerous awards including the Agora Design Grant, the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris and the Dezeen Awards, his work has been exhibited at the Villa Noailles, the Design Museum in Gent, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Maison&Objet in Japan and the Centre Pompidou. He is the winner of the Dialogues award of the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’Intelligence de la Main (2022).


In partnership with the Festival Agir pour le Vivant.