About the Cité du design

The Cité du design aims to reach out to all sections of the public, to anchor design at the heart of society and to help us to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Together with the Saint-Étienne Higher School of Art and Design (ESADSE), they form a public establishment for cultural cooperation supported by the City of Saint-Étienne and Saint-Étienne Métropole, with the backing of the French Government and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. It is a place of discovery and experimentation, teaching and research, and a resource centre for both designers and businesses. 

Cité du design @C.Pierot.

The EPCC Cité du design-ESADSE fosters teaching, research and dissemination of design culture.


Saint-Étienne College of Art and Design (Esadse) teaches art and design to nearly 400 French and foreign students, from preparatory classes to postgraduate courses. Its pedagogy is nourished by the highest level of academic research.


Workshop at Saint-Étienne College of Art and Design © S.Binoux


Through the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne, thematic exhibitions, conferences and publishing activities, the Cité du design promotes design, stimulates curiosity for the contemporary world and facilitates experimentation for everyone, from expert to amateur.

Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne

Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne


The ESADSE and Cité du design teams are developing a network of contacts with numerous partners, from local to international level. The expertise, activities and international partnerships of the establishment contributed to the nomination of Saint-Étienne as a UNESCO City of Design in 2010. 

Biennale Internationale Design Saint-ÉtienneSaint-Étienne, UNESCO City of Design

UNESCO Creative Cities of Design Network

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