Amandine David

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Amandine David is a designer and researcher based in Brussels. In her practice, objects appear as material traces to a surrounding process of learning, sharing and collaborating. By working with craftspeople, programmers and architects and foregrounding what is usually considered as context, such as technical know-how, disciplinary traditions and social cultures, Amandine opens up possibilities for multidisciplinary dialogues. Because of its collaborative origins and open-ended nature, the work of Amandine is always self-consciously connected to the social structures of sharing which surround every design practice.

After graduating in product design at La Martinière-Diderot (FR), her interest for craftsmanship and crosscultural collaboration led her to take part in the creation of Hors Pistes, a nomadic residency program initiating encounters between craftspeople and designers. Here, the idea of common languages based on the shared physical connection to tools, materials, objects added to her understanding of craft techniques from different social, political and geographical contexts.

While obtaining her Master in Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), Amandine became interested in the relation between traditional crafts and digital manufacturing, eventually leaving behind their opposition with her projects Crossing Parallels and Weaving Code. In the former, Amandine worked with Esmé Hofman and Joris van Tubergen to create tools, objects and hybrid fabrication methods mixing traditional basket weaving and 3D-printing. With Weaving Code, she traces the binary language of machines back to 19th century weaving and explores the ways in which these technologies still speak to each other today.

Previous and ongoing collaborations include TAAT, Z33, Crafts Council Nederland, Trame Paris, Ohme and Dutch Invertuals. Amandine is currently teaching at KASK, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Gent, in the Autonomous Design department. Her work is part of the collection of Design Museum Gent and CID at Grand-Hornu. Amandine received the Henry Van de Velde Young Talent Award in 2023.

Incarnation, Art-O-Rama Marseille — FR, 2023
Les tabourets du terroir by Siegrid Demyttenaere — FR, 2023
Des archives au design, CID at Grand Hornu — BE, 2023
Henry Van de Velde Award, Bozar Brussels — BE, 2023
Coding: a 21st-century craft, Coda ExperienceLab — NL, 2023
New Crafts, Crafts Council Nederland, Dutch Design Week — NL, 2022
Alhambra.gcode by Trame, Alcova, Milan Design Week — FR, 2022
Design Gent Fest, MIAT — BE, 2022
Alhambra.gcode by Trame, Institut du Monde Arabe — FR, 2022
Tools & Things for Ideas, Imal— BE, 2022
Modern craft #1, MAD Brussels — BE 2021-22
Duos en résonnances, Maison des Arts de Schaerbeek — BE, 2021
XYZ, Imal — BE, 2021
How&Wow!, Crafts Council Nederland, Dutch Design Week — NL, 2021
Order of Operations, curated by Ohme, BozarLab — BE, 2021
Transitions - An ongoing operation on change, curated by Studio Plastique, MAD Brussels — BE 2020-21
The Circle - Dutch Invertuals, Kazerne — NL 2020
Z33, Collectible — BE 2020
The Circle - Dutch Invertuals, Dutch Design Week — NL 2019
Changing attitudes, Z33 — BE 2019
Unmaking School, C-Mine Genk — BE 2019
Hors Pistes - Conversations between artisans & designers, Mudac — CH, 2019
G18, Dutch Design Week — NL, 2018
Unmaking School, Istanbul Design Biennial — TR, 2018
Hors Pistes Nuuk, Nuuk Lokalmuseum — GL, 2017
Luma Days, Les ateliers Luma, Arles — FR, 2017

Lectures & Panels
Design x Craft Attitudes, Design Dialogues with Hella Jongerius & Amandine David, moderated by Anna Luyten, MIRY Concertzaal, Gent — BE, 2022
Celles qui font le design, Maak & Transmettre, Imal — BE, 2022
Coders and Weavers, Dixit Algorizmi-The Garden of Knowledge, Venice Biennale — IT, 2022
Transitions - An ongoing operation on change, moderated by Jan Boelen — BE, 2020
The Order of Operations, joined lecture with Ann Dooms, Ohme, See U — BE, 2021
Design x Digital networks (moderation), Design Dialogues with Unfold Studio — BE, 2021
Tea Conversation, Motel Win Win, TAC, Eindhoven — NL, 2018
Disaster studies symposium, TAC, Eindhoven — NL, 2018
Hors Pistes, Le Laboratoire Cambridge, Boston — USA, 2017
Hors Pistes, Swissnex, Wanted Design, New York — USA, 2017

Awards & grants
Young Talent Henry Van De Velde Award — BE, 2023
iAtelier, Crafting Europe x Crafts Council Nederlands — NL, 2022
WORTH European Grant for Crossing Parallels — ES, 2020-2021
WBDM Prototyping grant for Crossing Parallels — BE, 2019
FORMAT Z33 grant and research program — BE, 2019
Gijs Bakker Award, nomination for Crossing parallels graduation project — NL, 2018

MaasLab, collaboration between taat & SoAp Maastricht & the Maas river — BE, 2023
Un Futur pour la Culture, residency program at CityFab1 with Benjamin Ottoz — BE, 2022
IMAL Fablab residency program — BE, 2020 

Social Design Master, Design Academy Eindhoven, received with cum laude — NL, 2018    
DSAA Créateur Concepteur, La Martinière Diderot, Lyon — FR, 2010   
BTS Design Produits, Les Herbiers — FR, 2008