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Same Same but different!

Obsolescence will become obsolete

The Same but different program looks at how objects are revalued from a creative angle.

In a world saturated with manufactured items and a complex global ecological context, this program brings concrete solutions to designers interested in the subject. After exchanges and reflections around the responsibility of design-related practices, participants learn how to modify, divide, disassemble obsolete objects to build new ones.

This multidisciplinary programme provides training in the techniques of upgrading raw and processed materials as well as the reuse and reinterpretation of existing objects, on different scales and in an artistic setting

This program takes participants to our wood, metal and forge workshops for concrete implementation.

Program Outline


Designer tutors: Isaac Monté

Craftman: Tristan Colafrancesco

Content and forms of teaching

Ma.Na’s innovative teaching is based on the contributions of renowned designers/architects, craftsmen specialized in their discipline and speakers (theoreticians, artists, scientists…) who shed light on, and put into perspective, the creative journey of the training. This triptych, enriched with many other experiences on campus, guarantees participants a complete training combining conceptual contributions and technical learning.

Ma.Na's team accompanies the participants through a range of complementary activities:

A time of reflection and research to document the subject

Hours of work in the workshops as well as on the field

Various highlights: conferences, visits, masterclasses

Individual and collective scenarios

Individual and collective conversations and advices from tutors and speakers.

Typical day and week schedule

General learning objectives

The program is designed to support the participant on four levels : creation, technical learning, defining a professional project and collective work.

The mastery of knowledge and techniques related to metalwork

The ability to develop and present your work, your practice, your ideas.

The ability to research a subject.

The ability to work collectively.

Training tools / materials

Access to references, preparation documents, recommended readings, filmography, etc. before the program starts.

Material provided

Technical learning via your own selection of hand, stationary and power tools. Includes : an introduction to the working of these tools, explanations for good maintenance and training on how to use them.

Set-up of your own « technical passeport » combining evaluations and upgrades of tools & assembling techniques, particularly through fundamental exercises.

Follow-up on your work at MaNa, daily meetings, intermediate rendering and collective presentation in the end of the training.

Individual meeting on your current practice, based on the portfolio, allowing to reinforce, correct or orientate different questions.

The work will be a collective work.

Assessment methods

Documented and well-argued final project

The acquisition of knowledge and experience during training, the progress of work and the final rendering are taken into account training validated by a MaNa certificate.

Admission criteria / prerequisites

Self-taught or graduate of the discipline - the experience is assessed during the admission process.

Step 1: Sending a CV and portfolio
Step 2: Validation of the application by the admission board, which ensures that the profile and the requirements of the training match.

Program details

Material(s): Wood, metal, ceramic, others
Domain: Object Design & Upcycling Design
Duration: 2 weeks
Language: English

Price: 3900 € inc VAT

This price includes the cost of training, accommodation and full board, the material and personal protective equipment.

Dates : Upcoming Sessions
From 06/11/2023 to 19/11/2023

Typical day and week schedule​

Program Outline

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