Positions: Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer // Ateliersavant Executive Board Member & Group Manager // FCP-Dumont Group Partner // Superleggera, URT Group, Overture Club, Work+Play, Labgency International, DMC Charles Darius, originally from France, is a first hand entrepreneur. With a multi-cultural background including masters degrees in industrial & interactive design from Strate Collège Designers in Paris and in international business & management also from Paris as well as graduate degrees in Geopolitics, Mathematics & Literature. His career has thus far led him to work in strategic leadership positions in a wide range of industries including the Champagne traditions, the European Haute Couture to the fields of advanced robotics and nuclear power. His international multi-level/sectors experiences & work ethic allowed Darius to bring together a rare and powerful group of individuals to collaborate as the Savants, becoming one of the most creative and innovative hub in the world and present in 10 countries including North & South America, Europe, Asia & Middle East. ATELIERSAVANT GROUP Ateliersavant Group is an international conglomerate, each company specializing its own uniquely demanding industry. Our business-minded, brand-oriented, design-driven infrastructure facilitates the activation of nearly any type of business. Our projects range from mass-market consumer goods and boutique luxury products … to architecture and environmental management engineering … to conceptual development for the entertainment industry ... to control systems for the aeronautic, automotive and defense sectors. Ateliersavant is the strategic and creative hub of its conglomerate, the Ateliersavant Group. ATELIERSAVANT Founding partners, Charles Darius (CEO) and Gamal Prather (CCO), lead a team of highly-skilled individuals comprised of designers, business strategists, engineers, technical developers, marketeers, cinematographers and fine artists poised to deliver a fully-developed representation of a brand to market. Ateliersavant is a creative agency specializing in Strategy & Design based in North & South America, Europe, Asia & the Middle East. We fuse extensive business experience with award-winning, entrepreneurial design savvy to offer a uniquely fluid approach to building brands with executive teams from the Fortune 500, mid-size companies, startups and inventors. We partner with people who are ready to take the lead, cause a stir, support worthy causes, empower their employees and assess company performance in terms of social, environmental as well as financial value. As ambassadors for the discipline of design, we believe that design principles can be applied everywhere and to everything to improve global wellness. Our work creates brands that are focused and attenuated properly to suit their respective markets by fostering and reinforcing an authentic, multi-dimensional, and meaningful connection between a brand and its audience. Very often, both new and existing brands lack a compelling message or a clear vision of the road ahead. Our services include: / Business + Brand Strategy … organizational structure, revenue projection, distribution network, salesforce, target demographics, personality, positioning, marketing, product collection planning / Design + Development … photography video production and photography for advertisements, PR and editorials … product, apparel, footwear & softgoods … interactive platforms (websites, app, OS) ... architecture & interiors … automotive & aerospace … concept illustration for production design and entertainment.

Work Samples

  • BlackBox

  • Metis - Exceed Nature

Work History

  • Partner

    • Superleggera
    • Oct 2012 - Present (2 years 1 month)

    Superleggera is Carbon Fibre luxury manufacturing company specialized in, fashionable accessories to furniture and domestic furnishings, and make everything uniquely by hand on Formula One
    production lines. Most of our work is bepoke and private, but we are always creating and experimenting with new materials and methods.

    Superleggera was born from a desire to create a new breed of exceptionally engineered domestic luxury and lifestyle products. At the core of each object is Carbon Fibre, precisely designed and delicately crafted. Our engineers and designers are responsible for hand building the highest grade ultra lightweight, durable, artistically inspired furniture, previously impossible in any other material.

    Carbon fibre is the newest blackest gold. Superleggera is leading the field in manipulation of this special material, new to the world of luxury.

  • Partner

    • URT Group
    • Oct 2012 - Present (2 years 1 month)

    More than this, URT is also an engineering-led technical solutions provider, capable of meeting the most demanding technical challenges in composites production. This means URT is truly a one-stop shop, able to support clients through engineering consultancy and design to machining and production. Machining is also available as a stand-alone service.

    URT works with clients in a wide range of industries: defence, motorsport, automotive, aerospace, marine and leisure. URT-made composite components satisfy the most secretive clients and withstand the most demanding environments, from F1 race tracks to theatres of war.

    URT has quietly grown, from modest beginnings in 2001, to employ a 110-strong team, with 98,000 sqft manufacturing facilities and a 20,000 sqft machine shop in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

    Despite this growth, URT doesn’t have any particular ambition to be the biggest composite components specialist. Rather, URT is committed to being the best. That’s why URT invests vigorously in facilities, people and training. And why URT’s research-and-development department, lead by an Innovations Manager recruited from McLaren Racing, is pioneering new and improved composites production and manufacturing methods.

  • CEO & Founding Partner

    • Ateliersavant
    • Oct 2011 - Present (3 years 1 month)

    Ateliersavant is a Strategy & Design Agency with an international perspective based in California, South America, Europe & the Middle East that specializes in crafting brands from scratch & re-positioning existing ones.

    Our unique international mixture of experience and talent means we offer a truly different means of building and growing brands.

    New brands are born in many ways, but unfortunately many are similar in how they lack a compelling story and a clear vision of the road ahead. Our goal is to change this.

    Existing brands are often doing just that: existing. We work to create a connection between a brand and its audience that simultaneously authentic, multi-dimensional, and meaningful.

    We rely on our extensive business experience fused with award-winning, entrepreneurial design savvy to advise Fortune 500 executive teams on how they can evolve and grow their brands.

    Ateliersavant partners with groups who want to take the lead, cause a stir, support worthy causes, empower their employees while asserting their value socially, environmentally and financially.

    We’re ambassadors for the profession of design and believe design principles can be applied in places familiar and wholly foreign.

    Our services range from the strategic development of brand DNA and positioning (i.e. demographics, distribution), marketing and advertisement strategies, content creation to full service product design. In other words, Ateliersavant can deliver full developed representation of a brand to market.

    Under the leadership of Charles Darius and Gamal Prather, Ateliersavant is privileged to have very skilled individuals in its team; from designers to engineers, business strategists to developers, marketeers to digital experts, our complex but complementary skills are a rare and powerful asset for all brands.

    So relax. You’re in safe hands.

  • Board Member and Group Manager

    • FCP-DUMONT
    • Jul 2005 - Present (9 years 4 months)

    Darius is in charge of several aspects of business management and development of the group:

    - Group evolution on mid- and long term;

    - R&D of new business models and activities to develop the group diversification and sustainability;

    - Creation of the "manufacturing dpt." based in Italy, for the DFC entity focused on the Champagne industry;

    - Designing a range of labeling machines more suitable for the marketing requirements that Champagne wineries have been confronted over the past decade;

    - International business management (creation & development of an international dealers network);

    - Project management

    - Manufacturer relationships Manager;

    - Communication / Marketing management & implementation;

  • Designer and Studio Manager

    • Lifestyledesign (LSD)
    • Dec 2010 - Jan 2012 (1 year 1 month)

    Responsible for coordinating internal activities, project management, client liaison, industrial design, managing company logistics, etc.

  • Lead interactive/industrial designer

    • AREVA
    • 2008 - 2009 (1 year)

    - Lead of the interactive/industrial design dpt.;
    - Development of innovative systems for complex datas management and manipulation.

    Confidential project

Education

  • Strate Collège Designers

    • Master's Degree - summa cum laude Industrial Design & Interactive Systems and Objects
    • 2008 - 2010
  • IDRAC

    • Master's degree International Business and Management
    • 2003 - 2005

Specialties

Awards

- 'Breakfast at the Telecom foundation' in Paris (France), 2011 - TF1, on the news of the national french main TV network, 2010 - 5Plus Conference at the Géode (Paris, France) 2010 - International Design Biennal of Saint-Etienne (France), 2010 - World Design Capital Seoul (South Korea), 2010

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