Cité du design – ESADSE

Saint-Étienne - France

People involved:

  • Inge Eller
  • International Project Officer - Cité du design - ESADSE

    Inge Eller is the International Project Officer in charge of European and international projects at the Cité du design/Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design. She holds a MA degree in ethnology and history from University of Tartu, Estonia, and from University Lyon II, France. Her work experience includes, among others, working in the Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU and as a consultant on intangible cultural heritage programme in UNESCO. She is specialized in development of international partnerships, managing of international projects both strategically and financially.
  • Isabelle Vérilhac
  • Head of International Affairs and Innovation, Cité du design -ESADSE
    President-elect BEDA
    Focal point Saint-Etienne UNESCO City of Design

    Isabelle Vérilhac holds a Post-Diploma in design & research, a Doctorate in material chemical physics. For 12 years she has been in charge of the relations with economic stakeholders at the Cité du design of Saint-Etienne. She set up the materials resource center, the innovative uses and practices labs (LUPI®) and the Design Creative City Living Lab of the Cité du design. She coordinated the European Project IDeALL (Integrating Design for All in Living Labs), one of the first design programs funded by the European Commission in 2012. Since 2019, she is the Head of International Affairs and Innovation of the Cité du design -ESADSE and the Coordinator of Saint-Etienne UNESCO City of Design. She is also a president-elect of BEDA (Bureau of European Design Association).
  • Nathalie Arnould
  • Design manager for Saint-Etienne Municipality and Saint-Etienne Metropolitan Government
    Cité du design - ESADSE

    Nathalie Arnould is a designer, graduated from Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design. She has participated in the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne from its beginning in 1998 and was one of its curators in 2006 and 2008. In 2011, she became the first Design Manager for the public authorities in France. Her mission is to integrate design in the policies led by the Saint-Etienne Municipality and the Saint-Etienne Metropolitan Government, integrating the culture of design in all the services of these administrations.
  • Olivier Peyricot
  • Director of Research - Cité du design -ESADSE

    Olivier Peyricot is a designer and since 2014 the Director of the Research and Research Publishing Department at the Cité du Design of Saint-Étienne. He is active in the areas of intervention in the research and experimentation in the fields of automotive, domestic, and urban spaces, technology, and lifestyle. He has been Scientific Director of several editions of the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne. He is represented by Galerie Mercier&Associés (Paris) for his most experimental work, which is on display at MoMA, the FNAC, the VIA and the Centre Pompidou.
  • Kader Mokaddem
  • Professor ESADSE - IRD Lab

    Kader Mokaddem is a professor of philosophy and aesthetics in Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design (ESADSE) and associate researcher at the Max Weber Centre UMR 5283. After studies of philosophy, he was an archaeologist from 1990 to 1997, developing research on Early Middle-Ages. As a researcher in aesthetics, his work focuses on the issues of image as a form of thinking. In ESADSE, he leads the Laboratory of Images, Narrations, Documents (IRD). The IRD Lab is collaborating with a regional research multidisciplinary network called Labex IMU, focused on the Intelligence of Urban Environments, and labelled as Laboratory of Excellence.
  • Josyane Franc
  • Josyane FRANC
    Advisor international design networks
    Ambassador Cité du design - ESADSE

    Ms. Josyane Franc has more than 30 years of experience in the field of international cultural relations. She is the former Head of international affairs for the Cité du design and Saint-Etienne School of Art and Design (ESADSE). She was the member of the founding committee of the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne in 1998. She led Saint-Etienne application towards its designation as UNESCO Creative City of Design and coordinated its activities since its adhesion in November 2010. She was the lead manager for the European project Human Cities_ Challenging the City scale for 2014-2018 and member of the Steering committee of Human City Design Award organized by Seoul Design Foundation in 2019 & 2020. Since 2019 she is an Advisor on international design networks & Ambassador of Cité du design Saint-Etienne.
  • Juliana Gotilla
  • Juliana Gotilla
  • Juliana works on interdisciplinary projects that deploy graphic design and urban interventions to activate public space and impact communities. Through sociospatial strategies, she acts for the inhabitants to play the main role to co-create a singular design, to improve their neighbourhood. She’s member of the Captain Ludd Studio based in Saint-Étienne where she works as a designer, consultant and researcher. Their innovative approaches on design for social innovation have been exhibited at the Biennale Internationale Design de Saint Étienne (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), at Bienal de Arquitetura de São Paulo 2017. The socially driven design practice of the Studio is part of the Human Cities_Challenging the city scale European Program.