Research project, ECAL 2015


At the crossroads of interference between
- Arts and crafts,
- Manual and industrial
- Serial or unique applications,
Heart of glass touches a raw material: glass.

Research creates a link between productive practical experimentation and scientific evaluation.
This link highlights all operational criteria and ensure transferability and application of reliable methods.
It creates
- A program of validated interventions
- A range of instruments suitable for practical interventions
- Prototype products and possible applications,
putting the integrity and feasibility, revealed by assessment protocols for the benefit of present and future experiments.

Beyond the development of the project itself, Heart of Glass is a prototype for research and design, by exploiting the passage between practice and theory to the service of a forward-looking and innovative process.

The project was nominated in Design Preis Schweiz in the category Research, edition 2015-2016.


Main applicant

ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne
Augustin Scott de Martinville (project leader), Camille Blin, André Vladimir Heiz, Brynjar Sigudarson (assistant)

Assistants of the Industrial Design Department and students of the Master Product Design of ECAL


Baccarat, CIAV Meisenthal, Matteo Gonet/Glassworks


From November 2012 to February 2015

Funded by the HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)

Exhibition spring 2015

Galerie l’elac
5, avenue du Temple
CH-1020 Renens

© ECAL/Axel Crettenand

RaD,  Heart glass 1609

© ECAL / Jeremy Ayer

RaD,  Heart glass 1607

© ECAL / Jeremy Ayer

RaD,  Heart glass 1612

© ECAL / Jeremy Ayer