DITO FROM SCRATCH
Pierre and Caroline are members of the design collective Dito.
Exhibition at Grand Hornu Images - Mons (Belgium)
Started in 2006, the Dito collective brings together 8 young designers from the same generation, students of various French design schools. Contradicting an era where processes are often personal, Dito’s ambition is to imagine an open, collaborative working method where dialoguing, exchanging, and sharing are favored forces for contemporary design. Considering design as a means rather than an ends, Dito’s vocation is to create a common, collective, democratic language allowing them to invent a set of objects, innovative both in their format and the collective process that brought them into existence.
The initial meetings between the collective’s members highlighted the need to establish a common culture setting out the foundations for their collective work. As meetings progressed a common repertory was invented based on photographs, shapes, materials, and objects: a working tool that will culminate in “surprising, experimental” creations and that won over the Bourse Agora jury in September 2007. Today, at the Grand- Hornu, Dito is presenting its entire process and research through a furniture series – storage, seating, tables, lighting – in singular, poetic shapes.
Based on a scene design specially conceived for the Grand-Hornu, Dito from scratch 2011 brings together models, drawings, videos and photographs staged in domestic environments. An exhibition-manifesto, this gathering allows Dito’s members to put their work into perspective and confront design’s actors (sponsors, industrialists, users...) and audiences in all their diversity.
Eric Blondin, Pierre Brichet, Guillaume Delvigne, Joachim Jirou-Najou, Fabien Leligois, Michel Radix, Arnaud Sabatier et Caroline Ziegler.
The collective Dito was awarded the Agora grant for design in 2007. This grant is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and by the Hermes Foundation.
Photographies: Baptiste Heller