Design Studio WS 01/02



The design program focuses on prototypical development of furniture. The main starting point of the considerations is the use of the wide supply of raw materials and semi-finished products in the domestic building material markets. The “low-budget claim” thus inevitably places itself at the center of the specific field of vision. However, methodological approaches, such as alienation and misappropriation, must also be taken into account. Nevertheless, the materials used are not to be regarded as placeholders. What is ultimately required is a design-oriented approach that does not end in the tinkering stage, but rather undergoes a constructive development. Furniture design can basically be regarded as an intrinsic architectural task, whereby the reference to reality is of particular importance: Real object shapes are constructed by means of real materials, to be subsequently tested by functional human bodies. Working on the true-size model leads to controlling the inherent possibilities and limitations of the material. Relevant decisions are to be made in the practical handling of the material. In this way, an examination of questions concerning the development of form is encouraged. Finally, the substantial interaction of form, material and color is a core task of interior design.


A search for raw materials and semi-finished products represents the starting point of the exercise, which serves as the basis for the concepts to be developed. The design proposals are subsequently to be in the scale range 1:20 to 1:1. Interior design issues (details, sampling, etc.) and the surrounding space are to be depicted on a scale of 1:20. Furthermore, prototypes are to be developed in true size.


Looking at the present furniture designs, the range of the works in terms of choice of materials and design approach is surprising. Installation pipes together with the serially produced insulation mutate into an almost self-evident object for lying and sitting, which immediately finds itself in the garden without being essentially changed, whereas reinforcing steel appears almost “in a flash” in the living room and together with the processed barrier tape visibly asks for attention. Industrial gratings experience the transformation into an airy garden chair and facade panels bring cool noblesse to the dining table at home. Wringing new shapes out of materials from the hardware store requires imagination and skill on the part of the designer. If both come into play, sometimes unusual, unprecedented, sometimes even undreamed-of possibilities arise.