MIT Institute of Design
Helene Thebault
Helene Thebault
Faculty coordinator Transcultural Design
Hélène is a designer from France, living and working in India for more than six years. Her work focuses on the relationships between design, culture and education. She also has a strong interest in visual culture, graphic design and illustration, which she also practices.

She is the co-founder and Creative Head of Farside Collective (, an independent artist-run studio based in Leh, Ladakh. Farside Collective explores the crossroads of art, design, and travel and is a partner of l'École de design Nantes Atlantique - India Studio. Notions like memory, borders, migration, displacement and the mundane are topics at the heart of the collective's work, often toying with

magical realism to tell stories in forms of photography, short films, installations, zines and other independent publications, as well as fabricated/altered objects.

Hélène is trained as an Interior Architect from l'École de design Nantes Atlantique and holds a Masters' degree in Transcultural Design from the India Studio of the same institute.

She is currently the India Studio director of l'École de design Nantes Atlantique and Head of Study of the MDes Transcultural Design program, jointly offered with MIT Institute of Design.