About the speaker

Raphaël Lutz is an industrial and product designer who graduated from ECAL in 2012. Great-grandson of one of the founders of the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, he was raised in a restaurant and worked for more than 12 years in various establishments in the region.

An entrepreneur at heart, he launched his first start-up at the age of 17, then a clothing brand at 19, and a furniture brand at 21. All in parallel with his studies. Afterwards, he took a 2-year sabbatical break to travel and live in China and Germany, a quick passage of FPA (accelerated program) as a precision mechanic before starting ECAL in 2008 at the age of 24. In 2009, he founded a small business home DIY service that grew in 2012 under the name of Le Generaliste. During this time, he also founded his design studio, moving to Zurich to work as a consultant for various companies.

In 2016, he founded the LAB in Lausanne, a project he had been preparing since the end of his studies in a context conducive to Human Centred Design. Due to these entrepreneurial projects and his experience, he judges start-up competitions, gives presentations on design at EPFL, and is also a HES-SO master judge.

In 2018 and 2019, one of his big projects will be to create a form of Foodlab that would be the contraction of food innovation serving the consumer through design methods. The work of Raphaël Lutz is exhibited in various design galleries such as NOV gallery, Mobilab, ID50 and soon Les Dilettantes.

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