RCA SHOW 2012

Emile De Visscher

Innovation Design Engineering


Nacre


In a world of consumption, where lies time for attachment? Natural processes have their own pace. They are now brought at home, domesticated, digested. My project is about this deterritorialisation.

I developed a way to build nacre, the material pearls are made of. With the help of scientists, I was able to combine ceramic and polymer to obtain this bio-composite. The particularity of nacre is its huge toughness (it is nearly 1,000 times tougher than ceramic), and of course its beauty. Suddenly, nacre is not limited to pearls, it comes out of its shell in an explosion of shapes.



+44 (0)7584 329 270

emile.de-visscher@network.rca.ac.uk

www.edevisscher.com

www.thepolyflossfactory.com


Supported by: The James Dyson Foundation


CV

Degrees

MSc, Mechanical Engineering - Material Sciences and Industrial Design, University of Technology of Compiègne, France, 2009; BA, Engineering, University of Technology of Compiègne, France, 2007

Experience

Internship, current design affairs, Dominique Mathieu (designer), Paris, France, 2011; Internship, exhibition design, interior design, Eric Benque (designer), Paris, France, 2009; internship, predictions on high-tech Metal Matrix Composites, Snecma (engine manufacturer), Paris, France, 2008

Exhibitions

Paradise, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, 2012; IDE: Past, Present and Future, Imperial College London, London, 2012; Work-in-progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2012; Go Global, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, 2011

Awards

James Dyson Foundation Bursary, 2012