Elsa Molinard is a French designer based in Nice, France. She dedicates her work to her own research and works in common with her partners of the atelier Prìa.

Elsa graduates with honors from both Design Academy in Eindhoven (2020) and ESSA Duperré in Paris (2015). She follows her sculptural approach to architecture and ceramics during an exchange at Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem (2018). Working a year and a half for Peter Zumthor (2019-2021) confirms her affinity to create with architects and designers where different scales can complement each other in the modeling of our living environment.

Elsa’s practice is at the meeting of art, design and architecture.
She has a vision of a design industry that includes and preserves craftsmen’s techniques.
Her work invites individual and collective experience which she believes are intrinsically connected. Deeply anchored in locality and its natural materials, she reveals what is subtle yet vital in our cultures and in our environments. Influenced by her vernacular Mediterranean heritage, she engages contemplation of the elements as means to create atmospheres and narratives.

By unraveling the origin of things, she continually rethinks objects and spaces as to grasp what is still relevant from the past and bring back a sense of community and care within the social fabric.

Professional Experiences

since 2021
Founder of architecture studio, PRÌA
in collaboration with A.Gouachon, G.Monari

Architect at Atelier Peter Zumthor, Haldenstein, Switzerland

Intern at Studio Mumbai Architects, Nice, France

Intern at Atelier Peter Zumthor, Haldenstein, Switzerland

Intern at Mehera Shaw, fashion and textile studio in Jaipur, India
Working with artisans and handblock printers


Laureate for the program Mondes Nouveaux, Ministry of Culture, France


Journées du Patrimoine, exposition de fin de résidence
du Fonds de Dotation Verrecchia, Versailles

Biennale d’Architecture et de Paysage de Versailles,
‘Matière d’Horizons’ in the colelctive exhibition ‘Visible Invisible’

Salone del Mobile 2021, Milan
‘Bellezze Adurmentate : Sleeping Beauties’ and ‘Liminal Bodies’

‘Liminal Bodies’ presented in group exhibition ‘New Melancholy’
curated by Lidewij Edelkoort, in Kazerne Gallery

Dutch Design Week 2020

Graduation Show of Design Academy Eindhoven


Design Academy Eindhoven
Bachelor of Design, Public - Private department

Graduated with Honors

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
Exchange program in Ceramics

Duperré College of Applied Arts, Paris
Technical degree in Textile and Material design,
Graduated with Honors

Duperré College of Applied Arts, Paris
Foundation course

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