Friday, November 23, 2012

Meeting Albert Leclerc at his exposition together with Ginette Caron and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte

What do Albert Leclerc, Ginette Caron and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte have in common? They are all designers from Québec, Canada. Nicolas is a young designer who works with typical materials, reuse of pieces and always puts a colored graphic sign in his works. Ginette is an amazing graphic designer who has worked for moleskine, ferragamo perfumes, San Carlo chips and has designed some great books. Albert Leclerc is a multifaceted designer with a great experience. I was wondering through the rooms with a friend and at a certain point we find ourselves in front of Albert Leclerc. What a great encounter. Albert has lived the best years of Italian design and worked with Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass and many others and he told us his story in the nicest way. He studied between Montreal, Milan, London and Paris and he also had as a professor Jean Prouvé (I just couldn't believe what I was hearing). I asked him what does he think about contemporary design and he misses the historical Made in Italy and he answered that he is not looking back, but forward and there are more and more talents in the world. Maybe it was easier in the past because there were not a lot of designers and they all knew each others, but, he explains, today we have much more opportunities. ''Young designers have to find their way. Italians should go abroad and people from around the world should come to Italy.'' This is now easy to say, but it was not in the 50s and we should take advance of these great opportunities. 

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