Eyes on Talents: Guillaume Markwalder
Spanning Alpine peaks and linguistic borders, Paris-based platform Eyes on Talent ventures to top Italian and Swiss schools to spotlight the recent graduates who are quickly reshaping the design industry. Between the hallowed halls of the Basel Academy of Art and Design (FHNW), the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL), the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD), Polimoda in Florence, Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan and Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) in Venice, we find new fashion, graphic arts, photography, and product design concepts – some of which are in process and others of which are ready for market. Along the way, rich, process-based narratives meet sustainable solutions.
Ecal industrial design graduate Guillaume Markwalder anchors his products in the virtue of solving everyday issues, evolving needs and an integrated relationship with the user. In projects like Upsilon, functionality triumphs over aesthetics. However, the lamp’s reduced and essential shape achieves its own understated presence. Broken mirror takes the relational and personified qualities of technology to the next level. A flexible membrane connects to a sensor, ensuring that the surface only become reflective when one stands directly in front of its circular profile.