Emile De Visscher is a designer, engineer and material scientist. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Université de Technologie de Compiègne (FR, 2009), and design at Royal College of Art (UK, 2012). He then obtained a PhD in the SACRe doctoral program at Paris Science et Lettres and Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, in 2018. Entitled « Technophanic Manufactures », his practice-based PhD explored the conditions for innovative manufacturing processes to become public and shared.
Emile’s work focuses on the invention of small-scale production tools. His projects include a new recycling machine for thermoplastics (Polyfloss, together with C. Machet, A. Gaulard and N. Paget) or a process to transform paper and cardboard into stone (Petrification). In 2015, he also initiated and directs an independent design publication called Obliquite. As an associate researcher at the Excellence Cluster Matters of Activity at Humboldt Universität, he will pursue the collaboration between EnsadLab and the Material Form Function research group focusing on active materials.