Liliane Bettencourt Prize pour l’Intelligence de la Main®
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At the head of the youngest feather workshop in France, Julien Vermeulen has just inaugurated his factory in Anjou, where he puts this historical craftsmanship at the service of the world of luxury and his personal projects.
" I like everything in this job: heritage, aesthetics, colour work, scientific aspect, possibilities in terms of experimentation."
Julien Vermeulen, feather worker and winner of the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for l'Intelligence de la Main® in 2018 (Talent d'exception Award), in No. 7 / fall 2023 of Geste/s magazine.
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Non-profit organization Les Lauréats de l’Intelligence de la Main®
Created in 2018, the non-profit organisation Les Lauréats de l'Intelligence de la Main® aims to bring together the laureates of the Liliane Bettencourt Prize pour l'Intelligence de la Main®, awarded by the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, a community of more than 120 talents. In line with the support provided by the Foundation, its mission is to promote craftsmanships, encourage interdisciplinary collaborations, build bridges with the research community and strengthen links with markets.
Supported and funded by the Foundation, the non-profit organisation is behind projects such as Workshops, a research and exchange program between laureates and the Le Labo program, an incubator for collaborative cross-disciplinary projects.
Les Lauréats de l'Intelligence de la Main® is a unique community and an essential reference for exceptional craftsmanships and collective intelligence, contributing to the future of contemporary creation and arts and crafts.
Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Both a family foundation and a recognized public-interest charitable organisation since its creation, the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller aims to "taking talent to the top" to contribute to France’s success and influence.
The Foundation achieves this by seeking out, selecting, supporting, accompanies and promoting the women and men who are imagining today the world of tomorrow, in three fields that make a tangible contribution to the common good : the life sciences, the arts, and solidarity.
In a philanthropic spirit, it acts through awards, grants, personalised support, communication and co-constructed initiatives. Founded in 1987, it has rewarded since then 634 laureates and supported more than 1,000 projects carried by various teams, non profit organizations, institutions and organisations. #talentsfondationbettencourt
Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’Intelligence de la Main®
Since 1999, the Foundation has been rewarding every year exceptional craftsmanship and creativity in the field of arts and craft, through the Liliane Bettencourt Prize pour l'Intelligence de la Main® and its three awards : Talents d'exception, for craftspeople, Dialogues, open to craftspeople working in collaboration with designers, and Parcours, for companies in the fine crafts sector.
Born of the conviction that craftsmanship is at the heart of our history and a valuable asset for the future of creation, this Prize is today an award of excellence, which contributes to the influence of craftsmanship in France and internationally. In addition to the grant, it offers the laureates tailor-made support to help them structure their business, design a creative career path, acquire new skills and strengthen their visibility and market presence.
58 craftsmanships rewarded