About & résumé

I am a French-Canadian, multi-disciplinary designer who is interested in exploring the blurry lines between people, environment, material and technology. I hold a bachelors degree in industrial design from the Université de Montréal (2008), and a college degree in fashion design from Montréal’s Lasalle College (2000).

I have worked for four years as a graphic and fashion designer for Buffalo Jeans, a Montréal-based global fashion brand. My main activities at Buffalo Jeans involved researching trends, putting together mood boards, seasonal color palettes, collection catalogues, creating various prints and embroidery illustrations, making clothing technical drawings and managing the production of prototypes.

In 2004, I wanted to expand my thinking and skills as a designer and entered the industrial design bachelors four-year program at the Université de Montréal. New horizons were then revealed to me: being inspired by meaningful and complex design challenges, discovering how people interact with each other and their environment and creating with and for actual users.

I soon became deeply interested and invested in collaborative work environments—from people’s well-being and noise control issues to creating adaptive furniture. In 2006, I had the incredible chance to meet and work with Fabienne Münch, then director of Herman Miller’s Ideation Studio. With her, I worked on two projects, including my one-year degree project which I completed in May of 2008. My collaboration with Herman Miller culminated in the summer of 2008, when I was invited to work as an intern at their Zeeland Michigan headquarters.

In 2007, I had the opportunity to move to Milan for a semester abroad at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), has well as an internship at Design Innovation’s studio. I spent 7 months in Italy seeing emerging trends as they came, learning the european ways and a third language.

Since I completed my bachelors degree in 2008, I’ve been working as a freelance designer on a broad range of projects. To mention a few, I created special seatings for an immersive projection dome, visual identity for the Société des arts technologiques, I worked on record sleeves for a Montréal jazz band. This, while continuing my work at BabyTel as a user-interface designer for web-based applications.

I am also hard at work on my business: Tangible Studio . I have developed of a new industrial felt made from 100% recycled fibers met for the production of large scale felt panels for interior design. To me, this project signifies making a bridge between my fashion and industrial design backgrounds and my knowledge about work environment issues.

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Website credits

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