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Francis Cayouette

Francis Cayouette
Francis Cayouette has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the University of Montreal, and 20 years of experience in product design. His past work in Canada provided much valuable experience in all aspects of the design development process—setting the foundation for his “feet-on-the-ground” approach. Since establishing himself in the Nordic region 12 years ago, Francis has set himself apart by fusing a fresh new perspective with the established conventions of Scandinavian simplicity, humanism and functionality.

Francis has direct, hands-on involvement in all stages of the projects. His realistic but highly creative approach includes working closely with the client to define the right strategy and using design as a tool throughout the development process. Francis understands the importance of listening, and has a strong sense of what is relevant for the end user. This allows him to transform input from all parties throughout the process into smart solutions that work.

Francis Cayouette is member of the Danish Designers Society and holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial design from the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal (1994). Francis also studied at Les Ateliers in Paris.

"I find working on very different projects inspiring. It is important for me to start a project with a fresh mind and without too many preconceived images. It requires a lot of work and exploration, but that’s generally where the new ideas come from. I find it very inspiring to challenge myself into unknown areas. I learn a lot from working in different fields. The result should be surprising and open minded, but also honest and easy to understand. When I start a project I try to focus less on the product and more on the needs. I’m interested in finding new interpretations but also in the everyday interaction of the objects, people and space. Today, new technologies and new materials allow more liberty for the creator. I try to translate these possibilities into more freedom for the user. The objects surrounding us should be able to adapt to the fast and constantly changing situations in life. Our needs are increasing, but our space is not. I believe there is a challenge in creating better basic products that makes life easier instead of more complicated."


Heima: IF Product Design Award 2010



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