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Jeux de mains

by Colin Peillex | SWITZERLAND

Entitled Jeux de mains (‘handplay’), his design for the Prix Émile Hermès features a set of desk accessories, each incorporating a double function. The pencil-sharpener becomes a game of cup-and-ball, the rubber can be used to fire elastic bands, and the ball-point pen clip holds a paper plane. Amusing new ways to invite a moment of playful relaxation in the heart of the workspace.

Colin Peillex
colinpeillex@gmail.com

Swiss designer Colin Peillex (23) is currently in his third year at ECAL in Lausanne. His diploma piece is a new type of work-desk for the home, easily dismantled and re-assembled, reflecting his core concept of furniture that adapts easily to today’s increasingly nomadic contemporary life - styles.

The inspiration for your project?

One day, when I was thinking about the project, I left my classroom to take a break. When I got back, my neighbour had scattered my desk with ‘confetti’ from my hole puncher. I thought it was a poetic, charming thing to do. So I began to devise games connected with the world of work. I listed the objects on my desk which could be used in two ways, like a pencil sharpener transformed into a cup-and-ball game.

Being a designer today means…?

Accompanying our changing world, giving shape to new ideas and ideologies. Answering questions, but raising them, too.

A vision of ‘Time to yourself’?

Being able to distract yourself. Letting your mind wander, to explore new areas of the imagination.

Your own ‘me-time’?

I live in Geneva and study in Lausanne, so I spend about an hour a day on the train. My journeys are a great opportunity for a moment’s solitude and privacy, during which I try not to think about work, but to reflect on other things.

photos Marc Domage © Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, 2014