Born in Athens-Greece in 1976, Alexis Georgacopoulos lives and works in Lausanne. He received his Bachelor in Product Design from the ECAL-Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne in 1999 and has combined design teaching and practice even since. Since July 2011, he is the director of ECAL pursuing the quest for innovation, creativity and quality education. From September 2000 until December 2008 he was the head of the Bachelor programme in industrial design at ECAL. From 2009 to 2012 he headed the Master studies in industrial design at the ECAL, contributing into placing this new programme into the international scene. During these years he initiated the participation of the department in important international fairs like the Salone in Milan and set up international exhibitions. He also fostered the collaboration with major producers such as B&B Italia, Serralunga, Ligne Roset, Team by Wellis, Boffi, Christofle, Ewo, Swarovski and Nestlé. During this period, the industrial design Department of the ECAL became one of the most acclaimed and influential in design education worldwide. From 2009 to 2012 he headed the Master studies in industrial design at the ECAL, contributing into placing this new programme into the international scene. In his own practice, Alexis Georgacopoulos’ designs are both functional and minimal, usualy with humor as the counterweight to technology. He works in the fields of product design, furniture and exhibition design and products like his «Blow» glass bowls for french company ENO or his aclaimed exhibition design for the Swiss Federal Design Awards in 2009 have contributed in defining his own distinctive approach. He tries to keep his works conceptually “light” and go to the essential while keeping the balance between function and emotion. His projects –edited or in prototype– have been exhibited in major cities, design fairs or museums such as the Milan Furniture Fair, the London Design Museum and the Shanghai MOCA and have been published in various exhibition catalogues and books such as the “&FORK” book edited by Phaidon Press in 2007. In 2006, he received the prestigious Leenaards Foundation Cultural Grant and in early 2008 he spent 4 months in Hong Kong and has been developing new projects in product and interior design for various international clients. ‘Pleasure, play and classicism’: this could be Alexis Georgacopoulos’s credo that combines conceptual lightness with simple functions and straight to the point effectiveness.