Spade Agency • Director

In 2007, Octave de Gaulle enrolled in Paris ENSCI-Les Ateliers (the Advanced National School of Industrial Creation) and carried on his studies at the Politecnico in Milan and the Köln International School of Design (Cologne).

His graduation project Distiller One explores the challenge of designing objects for Space through various products, including a wine bottle and glass. This work will enable him to obtain a summa cum laude degree from ENSCI-Les Ateliers and a Master of European Design degree in 2013.

Since his graduation, Octave de Gaulle has dedicated himself to the design and study of objects and environments that accompany humans in space. He measures the gap between how we imagine life in Space to be, and the crude reality of the existing installations. To this end, he decides to found a design agency that aspires to find the ideal forms that would allow us to really live in space, and not just to survive there. In 2015, he creates Spade Agency, together with British designer Matthew Sindall. Their first client is Champagne company G.H Mumm.

After three years of research including several Zero-G flights onboard Novespace’s Airbus A310, G.H. Mumm unveils Spade’s invention in September 2018 : Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar, a bottle of Champagne for Space. The project is awarded several design prizes (including a Red Dot design award), and is currently under further development with French Space agency CNES.

Octave de Gaulle’s work on Space design has had international media coverage and has been featured in solo exhibition « Civiliser l’Espace » in 2015 at Bordeaux Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, and in 2019 « Renversant » exhibition, at Bordeaux Cité du Vin.  

Octave de Gaulle is a permanent member of the Space Habitat Technical Committee at the International Astronautical Federation.


International Astronautical Congress 2022

18-22 September 2022

Paris, France


International Astronautical Congress 2021

25-29 October 2021

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


The Global Space Exploration Conference 2021

14-18 June 2021

St. Petersburg, Russia