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The works of this former student of the University of Montreal have been around the world, on the most popular design blogs; Philippe Malouin, recent graduate of the famous Design Academy Eindhoven, is a highly noticeable talent.

In a mere few days, images of the Grace table, the Hanger chair and the BallPoint stool have been around the world, and everyone has hailed his ingenuity, the intelligence and functionality of his pieces.

This brilliant student began his own world tour while still a student at the University of Montreal's school of industrial design. He attended the École nationale de création industrielle de Paris before entering the prestigious school of design in Eindhoven, which has produced such illustrious names in contemporary design as Richard Hutten, Maarten Baas, Hella Jongerius, Tord Boontje and Marcel Wanders.

The graduate exhibition at Eindhoven is one of the most popular events of the Milan "off" circuit, and an opportunity to see Philippe Malouin's furniture first-hand: an inflatable table that seats ten, but which is stored in a duffle bag; a stool equipped with four ballpoints on the ends of its legs, which allow the user to draw on the floor; and the Dervish ceiling fan/light that was inspired by car-wash brushes.

In 2005, before he left for Europe, Philippe Malouin was already showing his work in Montreal in fashion designer Denis Gagnon's boutique. He had, at that point, previously received an award of excellence from Groupe Lacasse's young designers contest and an international mobility scholarship from the Canadian government.