Alumni 2023

Samia Hilal

Samia Hilal is a French interior architect and product designer, currently serving as a Scenographer at Hermès International in Paris while independently directing her own design brand, Sameo.

After completing a preparatory year specializing in illustration, Samia discovered and experimented with volume, materials, and color in 2018 at the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design in Reims. Her Bachelor’s degree, entirely focused on object and space design, received a special mention from the jury for her exceptional work with color. Following this, she pursued the MAIA program at HEAD – Genève, earning a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture and graduating with honors in 2023. This dual expertise at different levels positions her as a designer capable of meeting the demands of individuals in relation to their environment. Additionally, her work as a designer has allowed her to showcase her creations at various design week events, including Milan, Eindhoven, and London.

Diploma Project
Inhabiting the Playground: A Kit to Transform the Living Room into a Shared Playground

Inhabiting the Playground is a design kit that aims to transform the perception of the living room. The project seeks to challenge the norms of housing that cater primarily to standard adult sizes and instead opens up possibilities for children to imagine their own homes. Once deployed, the kit can be combined with existing fabrics in the room and attached to various objects within the living room. Its purpose is to transform the space, altering the perspective of both adults and children. It views the living room not only as a space for parents but also for children, going beyond its traditional roles as a welcoming, relaxing, or work area by embracing its potential as a playroom. The kit offers the opportunity to transform the room, typically used for dining and TV sessions, into a haven where children can let their imaginations run wild. Behind the sofa lies a cave, beneath the table becomes a boat, and under the lamp, a castle emerges, allowing children to occupy the space and create localized utopias.

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Leonid Slonimsky / Assistant: Paule Perron


Image credits: © HEAD – Genève / Valentine Blaimont