Talking Heads conferences during the Design Days 2015

Saturday 19 September 2015

HEAD - Genève, Auditoire
Boulevard James-Fazy 15
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Design Days 2015 Programme 

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Sebastian Bergne, designer, London
Saturday September 19th at 17h30

British Industrial designer Sebastian Bergne is renown for making everyday objects special with his essential and human approach to design.

Sebastian’s versatility allows him and his team to work in different ways. As an external Industrial design facility to international brands, as a designer and supplier of bespoke objects for restaurants, retailers and individuals or even as producer of his growing collection of personal editions. 

Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1990, he founded his studio in the same year. His achievements have since been widely recognised with international design awards, frequent publications, exhibitions and inclusion in museum collections such as The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Design Museum (London). His wealth of experience makes him sought after as a curator, lecturer and commentator on design.

Saskia Diez, designer, Munich
Saturday September 20th at 11h

Saskia Diez is an independent jewelry company, lingering somewhere between fine and fashion jewelry, based in Munich, Germany. Known for sophisticated and distinct creations, the company has had a prolific rise since its launch in 2007.

All of Saskia Diez’s designs display great elegance and gentle subtlety, yet at the same time are playful and sexy. Every collection is a new interpretation of classic jewelry design, giving each piece a contemporary look as well as a timeless aesthetic. Saskia Diez Jewelry is designed for modern women and men who seek to adorn themselves with pieces of jewelry to emphasize their personalities. Like a person’s character, Saskia Diez Jewelry unfolds before the eyes of the beholder, showing different facets and aspects every time you look at them.

In November 2013, Saskia Diez successfully launched her first “invisible olfactory jewelry”, two perfumes named GOLD and SILVER.

Saskia Diez Jewelry is sold in selected concept stores worldwide, in cities like Berlin, Paris, London, Copenhagen, Munich, Zurich, Vienna, Milan, Tokyo, Seoul, Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.

Born 1976 in Kranenburg, Germany, Saskia Diez completed a classic apprenticeship as a goldsmith and went on studying industrial design. She worked at various design studios, including Rosenthal and Konstantin Grcic, before setting up her own studio in Munich, Germany. Her designs play with cultural references and display influences of art, fashion and industrial design, reflecting the zeitgeist without being trend-driven. Her works are displayed in group exhibition in Germany, France and Japan. Saskia Diez lives with her husband and their three children in Munich. 

Jerszy Seymour, artist, designer, Berlin

Dimanche 20 septembre à 12h
Jerszy Seymour is an artist and designer whose work deals with the creation of situations, the general relationship we have with the built world, the natural world, other people and ourselves, and about the inhabitation of the planet as the inhabitation of the mind. The goal is the transformation of reality guided by the concept of constant humour  and the idea of the NON-GESAMT GESAMTKUNSTWERK. 

His work spans from playing with the industrial and post-industrial produced object, actions, interventions and installations, covering a range of mediums and materials, objects, film, performance, music and writing. 
He was born in Berlin in 1968 and grew up in London where he studied at South Bank Polytechnic (1987 – 1990) and at the Royal College of Art (1991 – 1993). Shortly after this he moved to Milan and started his own indepenent projects, including ‘House in a Box’ in 2002, ‘Scum’ in 2003, and the clothing concept ‘Tape’ in 2003. In 2004, Seymour moved to Berlin where he formed the Jerszy Seymour Design Workshop and embarked upon a series of conceptual projects seeking to revitalize the position of design within society. In 2005 he created the ‘Brussels Brain’ installation, (Design Brussels), and, in 2007, the exhibition ‘Living Systems’ (Vitra Design Museum) to investigate the individual economy. In 2008 the installation ‘The First Supper’ (MAK, Vienna) proposed the possibility of an ‘amateur’ society; this was followed by ‘Salon des Amateurs’ (Marta Herford, 2009) and the ‘Coalition of Amateurs’ (MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2009). He was also invited to show a retrospective of his work at Villa Noailles (France), creating the exhibition ‘Being There’. These and other ongoing experimental and conceptual projects form the central thrust of his work. Parallel to this he also designed products and strategies for companies including Magis, Vitra, Alessi. Seymour is represented by CRONE Gallerie in Berlin and Gallery Kreo in Paris. His work has been exhibited in many museums worldwide, including the Design Museum in London, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and Berlin and the Palais de Tokyo. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the ‘Fonds National d’ Art Contemporain’ France, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the MAK in Vienna and the ´Musee d´Art Grand-Duc Jean´ in Luxembourg. As an integral part of the philosophy of the Workshop, he teaches and gives workshops at the Royal College of Art in London, the Domus Academy in Milan, the ECAL in Lausanne, the HfG in Karlsruhe, HBK Saarbrucken, the Vitra Design Workshops in France, UdK in Berlin, and the Strelka Institute, Moscow. In 2000 he was presented with the Dedalus Award for European Design and he received the Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art in 2003. As a realization of the Amateur projects, Jerszy Seymour created 2011 the program and is director of 'The Dirty Art Department', the new Applied Art and Design Masters at the Sandberg Institute/Reitveld Academy in Amsterdam together with Catherine Geel, Stephane Barbier Bouvet, and Clemence Seilles. 

His first solo exhibition "The Universe Wants To Play" at Gallerie CRONE in Berlin was openned in April 2013.


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Sebastian Bergne, Saskia Diez, Jerszy Seymour
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Talking Heads with Saskia Diez
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Talking Heads with Jerszy Seymour
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