Alexandre Ralston Bau

Norway (residence), France (citizenship)
research interests: design, Design Thinking, design=art=research, modular architecture, materials

Alexandre Ralston Bau is the co-founder of Ralston Bau. He has a Master in Product & Furniture Design from the Art & Design School of Rennes in France (1996 MA Design / EESAB). Alexandre is inspired by human rituals and contexts to shape scenarios that come alive in spaces and objects. In 2001, he co-founded Ralston Bau studio in Paris, with an eye for the unexpected and the yet unexplored areas within the design field. Thus Transplant was built and opened in 2007, an 600 m2 experimental design centre located by a Norwegian fjord, where a successful five-year collaboration between art and design was formed. From 2009 to 2015, he co-curated the research through design programme Ideal Lab, where he invited 52 artists, designers, and sociologists to work in local contexts and create their own work within social thematics.


"Ralston Bau is an independent studio decoding the, on so many levels, complex world we move in, to understand and reflect on visible and invisible issues. Their transformative practice turns ideas into action, connect people to our common spaces and turn complex question into essential objects.

Ralston Bau is an idealist design studio established in Bergen, Norway and Marseille, France."

To Alexandre, it is essential to create regenerative and fair projects in his daily practice. His work takes form, such as narrative spaces to the personal object to urban lighting and furniture in public space. With the aim to pursue transversal design research, he co-founded the Idealist Institute together with likeminded partners in Norway, Sweden, France, and UK. Citizens and professionals meet with the ambition to shape ideal futures that are inclusive and sustainable, within their own fields and contexts in transformation.

He is associated artist of MAGASIN des Horizons – CNAC in Grenoble in the period 2017-2020. He has received several international recognitions, like the “Red Dot Product Design Award” in 2013 and his work has been acquired by several design and art museums. In 2010, Alexandre was honoured the community award "Fjalerprisen" for outstanding contributions to local culture and industry. He teaches at the University of Bergen KMD Institute for Design.



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