Caran d’Ache has opened its first workshop-boutique dedicated to creativity at the very heart of the new arts district in Lausanne, Plateforme 10.

Perfectly in line with the company’s values of creativity and transmission, the new Caran d’Ache workshop boutique in Lausanne stretches across four communicating arcades: a reception area, red from floor to ceiling, presenting the history of the company, a workshop/gallery area where creative workshops are held, an arcade dedicated to the customisation of writing instruments and pencils and a boutique presenting Caran d’Ache fine arts products and writing instrument collections.

The Caran d’Ache workshop boutique is also a place of artistic and cultural exploration. The premises themselves offer a means of expression, as the walls of the workshop arcade serve as creative media.
Every year, faithful to its desire to develop talent, Caran d’Ache will give young artists with innovative creative concepts complete freedom to decorate the walls of one of the arcades. These artists are also invited to reinterpret Caran d’Ache’s emblematic hexagonal pencil in the form of 3D sculptures.

“The Pencils Odyssey” by Nicolas Bamert aka L’Original

The first artist invited to bring the Caran d’Ache arcades to life is none other than Nicolas Bamert, alias L’Original – the native of Lausanne famous for creating colourful fantasy worlds. Known for his exceptional, multi-coloured installations, he has left his mark on the workshop boutique with a huge fresco in bright colours – a joyful and vibrant interpretation of a traditional landscape of Swiss mountains. Several humoristic artworks created using Caran d’Ache Neopastel, Gouache and Acrylic also adorn the gallery walls.

A few questions for L’Original, Nicolas Bamert: 

Could you present yourself in a single word or phrase?

Original and Unique

Who is L’Original?

L’Original is my alter ego, the representative of a world that I create and share. He is the explorer and saviour of the new world, so to speak.

Where do you find your inspiration?

In the stars. I am always exploring the evolution of our world. My curiosity feeds my creativity.

What does Caran d’Ache mean to you?

A return to my first colourful creations and to my inner child. The start of a great adventure.

What do you like about Caran d’Ache acrylic paint?

Its texture, its light and its covering power. But what I particularly like about Caran d’Ache is the range of products which offers me an endless source of exploration in my creations. 

 I am an unconventional artist who comes from the street and the world of graffiti. So I have created my own movement:
Positive Art :)

So visit Lausanne for a unique and colourful experience!

Boutique Caran d'Ache
Plateforme 10
Arcades 8-9-10-11
Rue de la Gare 16
1003 Lausanne



In order to protect your health and that of our employees, we have adapted the opening times of our boutique as followed: Monday - Saturday : 10h00-14h00 / 15h00-18h00.
This new schedule will allow us to regularly clean and disinfect our shops throughout the day. We have also taken additional precautionary measures including a limited reception capacity guaranteeing that the social distance of 2m is observed, supply of hydroalcoholic gel and gloves for product testing, regular disinfection of all contact surfaces, and installation of a protective glass at cash desk. We also recommend visitors to wear a face mask inside the store.

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