Cité du design

Cité du design

Our Vision:

The Cité du design, public establishment set up in 2005 by the Saint-Étienne City and its agglomeration Saint-Etienne Métropole, aims to develop the uses and the benefits of design by increasing the meeting opportunities between professionals of the area, companies and private individuals.

This young institution fits the whole reconversion process of a city that has been the leader of the Industrial Revolution for two centuries. Product of the Saint-Etienne history, the Cité du design was born of a local will and a strong dynamism, initiated in particular by the Saint-Etienne higher school of art and design – ESADSE (former regional school of fine arts – ERBASE), that created the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial in 1998.

Furthermore, Saint-Étienne Métropole, the city of Saint-Étienne, the Rhône Alpes region and the State-Ministry of Culture accompany the development of the Cité du design through their involvement in the COEP (Public Institution of Cultural Cooperation), a new legal tool that translates public partnerships and boost the deployment of its activities. This new organization has been active since 2010 January.


What we do:

The Cité du design structures its activities around strong and transversal sets of themes which each serve a democratization of design. Whether it improves the uses and lifestyles, it optimizes the use of energy, it accompanies the transformations of housing or facilitates the development of health and mobility, design puts the human being at the heart of its reflection.As a platform of reflection on practices, needs, uses, the Cité du design demonstrates how design contributes to the emergence of new dynamics into contemporary fields, be they social, economical, political or cultural.The main objective of the Cité du design is to take an active part in the development of economic, touristic and cultural attractiveness.

Cité du design of Saint-Étienne is guest at the Design Biennale of Wuhan
Category: Members news

The Cité du design (Higher School of art and design of Saint-Étienne) was invited to the fourth edition of its annual Design Biennale by the city of Wuhan. 

Communicating Objects
14/09/2017 to 07/01/2018

This new exhibition will highlight the opportunities and potential created by the millions of connected devices in daily use.

Communicating Objects with Cité du design Saint-Étienne
Category: Members news

This new exhibition will highlight the opportunities and potential created by the millions of connected devices in daily use.

OpenLivingLab Days 2017
29/08/2017 to 01/09/2017

OpenLivingLab Days is the annual summit of the worldwide Living Lab community, formally the ENoLL Summer School.

EU Design Days 2017: “The Next Step”
19/09/2017 to 20/09/2017

This is the sixth edition of our successful series of EU Design Days. This year we will focus on the transformation of cities and regions and how design and innovation contributes to dealing with challenges such as an aging population, sustainable energy, climate adaptation and mobility solutions. In collaboration with practitioners, researchers and policymakers the EU Design Days 2017 seek to take an important next step in the transformation of cities and regions towards high quality of life, building on but also going beyond current practice.

Workshop Human Cities/ Challenging the City Scale 2016-2018

A collaborative international workshop of the Human Cities project organized by Group X, Department of Architecture of Aalto University aimed to develop the School as a Service concept in Otaniemi.

Exhibition Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale
12/09/2017 to 29/09/2017

After Milan (IT), Belgrade (RS), Saint-Étienne (FR) and Ljubljana (SL), the Human Cities touring exhibition arrives at Helsinki (FI) on September 12 till September 29, 2017.

A brand new tramway for the Biennale Internationale Design Saint Etienne 2017
Category: Members news

Cité du design and Metropolis of Saint-Etienne have launched a competition to design a new tramway for the city.