Awards and Prizes
Besides the compulsory participation in certain competitions that are part of the syllabus at L'École de design Nantes Atlantique, students regularly take part in national and international competitions, all disciplines combined. Participation in design competitions has a twofold benefit for them: first of all, educational, but also in terms of visibility of the projects submitted.
Design competitions are indeed an excellent opportunity to test oneself in real life situations because they allow students to develop a project over a fixed period of time, in conditions similar to those found in a company. Based on the same specifications, the students generally work in multidisciplinary teams and try to stand out from the other teams in order to convince a jury of experts and professionals.
Participating in competitions allows them to become familiar with the competitive phases of the professional world, during which several agencies or design studios may submit a project to win a tender, for example. Design competitions are also an opportunity for students to get noticed by the press and jury members, for example from the world of industry. This exposure can help them find partners and launch the first stage of development of their full-scale project.
As a global pool of creative talent, design competitions are a way for organizers to source trends and designers from around the world. The international dimension of certain competitions is therefore also very important. L'École de design Nantes Atlantique is committed to developing this international outlook. A designer must acquire this capacity for openness in order to respond appropriately to current problems and issues.
Openness, creativity, innovation... The work carried out for a competition allows students to enrich their experience and sharpen their eye as designers. The recognition and exposure offered by design competitions can be real assets and springboards for their professional careers.
Awards received in design competitions in 2022
Benjamin Bonneau received the 3rd prize of the graphic design contest organized by Multigraphic, HP France and Plateforme eMode. With "Here and there, now and then", he proposed an abstract representation of the theme of this first edition « Comme une impression de vacances » playing on the word 'feeling' and directly echoing global warming
Alexia Audrain, a woodworker and designer who graduated from the BTMS Ébénisterie program delivered by the school in partnership with the URMA Loire-Atlantique, awarded the Design Trophy (presented by Christian Guellerin, the school's director general) for her OTO hugging chair, dedicated to people with autism spectrum disorders.
Conceived by students of the Food Design Lab, the project "Coc, Seashell Cosmetic" won the 2nd prize in the international competition "THE FORK CHALLENGE FINAL: FORK x DESIGN SCHOOLS", organized by The Fork Organization. Led by Kevin Guo, Yi Ren and Yusha Xie, this project proposes a new service for reusing and recycling oyster shells to make organic cosmetics.
Food Design students Cathelle Dénoue and Shengke Li won THE FORK CHALLENGE FINAL: FORK x DESIGN SCHOOLS, an international competition organized by The Fork Organization, with their project "Then, From Sea to the Sea". These sustainable funerary urns are designed with oyster shells, which will feed the coral in deep waters and disappear over time.
For the 2022 edition of the Accor Design Awards, whose theme was "The city at 15 min", 2 projects led by students of the school were rewarded:
- The project "Là-haut" by Jingran Wei, Léo Cosson, Clémentine Lalloué and Flora Petit won the public prize! This project in the form of a bubble on the roof would offer customers a 360° view of the city of Nantes, with the possibility of projecting constellations directly on the roof at night.
- The project "L'atelier" led by Awen Guéguen, Agathe Derville, Louis Rochais and Eugénie Lamblin won the 3rd prize! This hotel located in Nantes would allow everyone to express themselves through a particular skill, art or knowledge.
During the Laval Virtual Awards ceremony, the start-up Smile in the Light of Ophélie Jaret won the Regional Start-up award.
The "Flow of Thoughts" project by Joseph Chataigner (Le Studio Montreal) and Emilie-Marie Gioanni (China Studio) was awarded the Grand Prize in the international KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD competition. This year, the theme of this great international design competition was "Unlearning". How to unlearn to think too much? This is the question they wanted to answer by imagining a journal that calms the mind. "Flow of Thoughts" invites to unload the useless words in scribbles and write the important words in the line of thoughts to decrease the mental load, while leaving a meaningful memory.
Three alumni of the school: Ines Le Bihan, Lead Industrial designer at Meta, Guillaume Delvigne, designer at Studio Guillaume Delvigne and Thomas DARIEL, founder of Dariel Studio, are among the 100 winners selected by FRENCH DESIGN, which rewards the international influence of designers. This prize selects the 100 best design projects for objects and spaces that promote French design in the world.
Antoine Besseyre Des Horts, a graduate of the school and Global Design Leader at LIXIL Asia, won the prestigious A&D 40 under 40 Awards 2021, the benchmark for excellence in architecture and interior design in Asia.
Awards received in design competitions in 2021
During her studies in the City Design master cycle, Camille Dubreuil won the 1st prize in the IAA Mobility competition, in the "Mobility UX/ UI of the future" category with her project "Pills on wheels", an autonomous pharmacy service that uses a drone for the delivery of medicines and emergency medical supplies.
Manon Figuier, Victoire Datchary, Mathéo Maurel and Harold Loquillard, all students in the BDes Interior Architecture program, won first prize in the Accor Design Awards 2021. Their "NOMADish" project proposes an innovative solution that achieves three key objectives: the overall customer experience, the element of surprise and pleasure, and the consideration of social, economic and environmental responsibility. They also won the Public Choice Award, given by the general public.
Fanny Jalet, Nolwenn Arhuis, Julie David and Lucie Vallée, BDes Interior Design students, have won the 3rd prize at the Accor Design Awards 2021 with their project "Waterwalk" which offers the world’s first "floating and flying cruise".
Yasmine Bennani, Solène Percie Du Serf, Nicolas Alibert and Alexandre Albert-Picquet, students in the BDes Interior Architecture program, won the special jury prize at the Accor Design Awards 2021. The "Cocoon" hotel suite concept, made from biopolymer and local wood, would become a unique travel experience in Africa.