At the invitation of the Swiss watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin, twelve students of the ECAL Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship, accompanied by the director Alexis Georgacopoulos and Nicolas Le Moigne head of programme, they went to Shanghai for an exploratory week.
On this occasion, they were able to participate in the context of Twin Villas (a property that hosts the Vacheron Constantin Mansion) to a press conference celebrating the partnership Vacheron Constantin/ECAL and unveiled a preview of the exhibition "Arts & Crafts & Design: Time according to ECAL and Swiss Craftsmen » which will be presented during the Milan International Furniture Fair in April, as well as the Expo Milano 2015 (World Expo) from May.
They could also discover cultural venues such as Tongji University, the Shanghai Museum, the Maison Hermès, the Glass Museum, visit iconic company related to design as MXM (upholstered furniture), Shang Xia (hi-end craftsmanship) Stellar Works (wood specialist) Spin Ceramics (ceramic brand), Neri & Hu (architecture and design agency) and look over typical neighborhoods for luxury and crafts.
Visit of the Vacheron Constantin Mansion at the Twin Villas
Visit of the Tongji Univerisity
Visit of Shang Xia
Visit of a factory
(From l. to r.) Hongchao Wang (ECAL alumnus), Pierre Liu (VC China
Manager), Alexis Georgacopoulos (ECAL Director), Samira Marquis
(Institut VC), Alexander Hoffet (Consul General Switzerland), Julien
Tornare (VC General Manager Asia-Pacific)