Fascinated by the stunning picture liquid ceramics forms itself on a flat surface, we started working together, exploring the nature and potential of ceramics. As our experience accumulates, flat, white ceramic pieces gradually grew into colourful plates, each with an unique face. Indicating its working process, we named it The Pancake Project
After visiting the Stephanus-Werkstätten, a sheltered workshop for handicapped people in Berlin, we came up with the idea of breaking up their daily routines with the playful process of making Pancakes. We've been conducting workshops with all together 11 people with special needs, encouraging them to express intuitively with ceramics and guiding them through an introspective journey.
The simplicity of making Pancakes allows everyone to try. In the constant dialogue between materials and visions, reality and imagination, the participants created their own versions of Pancakes, each shouting out or whispering its own personal stories.
Piece by piece, Pancakes form a beautiful landscape of diversity which questions our notion of normality and imperfection.
This project exhibited in a processed oriented exhibition Failures curated by Raumplan Studio in Cascina Cuccagna at Milan Design Week.
Did you know that tofu has its own distinguishing taste?
Alongside the trend of vegetarianism and veganism, tofu is secretly intruding the supermarket shelves in the West. While widely consumed as replacement of meat and diary products, tofu, a food category with rich traditions, has become neutral and invisible. It's industrially produced, preserved and blamed for its tasteless taste, thus being cooked with double amount of spices and adapted in forms of sausage, burger or kebab in the hope of more popularity.
In East-Asia, tofu appears in various forms and textures. The subtle scent of soybeans in fresh tofu is very much appreciated and it's common to eat it plain or lightly seasoned.
Slow tofu is a project that reconnects people to the stories behind the food. In a workshop, the participants are introduced to the world of tofu production. They are invited to make their own portions of tofu, garnish them individually and eat fresh on spot.
The tools are designed for this unique crafting experience. With a ceramic bowl and a bamboo basket, tofu curds can be compressed and enjoyed directly in the bowl. The hand woven bamboo baskets for molding tofu are the results of collaboration with traditional bamboo weavers in Zhejiang Province.
In cooperation with an artisanal manufactory TofuTussis, three workshops took place in Berlin and the next one is coming soon. For detailed information about this project, please visit slowtofu.com
instructed by Prof. Gerrit Babtist, Prof. Wolfgang Sattler
photographed by Ivo Santos
photographed by Benedikt Kestler
research · mud
For design collectives Rong based in Hangzhou, China, I conducted a series of design research on the material 'mud' and the traditional craftsmanship connected to it, in forms of both theory and field research. I expanded the definition of mud widely not only based on its natural properties but also its symbolic meaning. Taking this research as starting point, 17 designers from different disciplines reinterpreted traditional materials and craft on ceramics, cement, coal, lacquer, mineral pigments, rammed earth, etc. The result was presented in an exhibition in Brera, Milan during Milan Design Week 2015.
This project is cooperated with LEADER-Aktionsgruppe Saale-Orla e.V.. Several schools in Saale-Orla area of Germany were chosen to take part in this project. Considering these schools as clients, groups of product design and architecture students shall work on current problems, needs and future visions related to the dining education.
After investigating the gardening class of Michaelis School in Bad Lobenstein, we noticed that children are not very motivated to do the hard, dirty work in the garden. In summer, while most plants are getting ripe, the pupils are having holiday and they are not able to e the experience successful feeling of harvesting. Altogether there is a lack of personal connection between the children and the garden plants, and therefore it’s difficult for them to feel responsible for the gardening work.
That’s how we came up with the idea of developing a mobile garden for the school which will be an additional part of the gardening course. This garden shall stimulate individuality, creativity and responsibility of the children while taking care of the plants.
The pocket garden is a container made of waterproof material ''tyvek'' for small plants. Each child shall get one when they start with school, and they can draw and paint on the bags to transform them into their own belongings. And this bag shall accompany them for the entire school time.
Under the guidance of the gardening teacher the children will sow 1 year plants in the pocket garden and hang it onto the metal fences next to the classrooms. They can always look after the little plants and water them during the break and after school. If it happens to be bad weather, it’s also very easy to move the plants into the classroom. During the holiday, the children can carry them home so that they won't be left alone.
During a 3 day workshop co-organized with a teacher of the school, we prepared herb bread and herb tea with the kids and introduced them the characters and health benefits of different herbs. When we were making the herb bread, the kids were asked to make their own rolls with any kind of herbs and forms they like. We could see how excited they became once they were able to ''mark'' their own bread and individualize the working process. This confirmed our basic concept of the pocket garden. In the end we also let them try our prototype of the pocket garden and were able to make sure that its physical features were suitable for the kids to use. They showed great joy in playing around with it.
In this project, we were challenged to develop a concept for creative workplace. As target group we chose design students of Bauhaus-University Weimar and concentrated on the Eiermann table which we use for working. We realized that the table alone doesn’t offer enough space and sorting system for our creative work, which is a combination of both theoretical and practical. However, it’s almost impossible to keep extra furniture pieces like shelves and closets in our studios due to limited space.
A simple add-on to the existing table frame shall change our workspace in a way that is adapted to our needs. Three elements – the vertical column which can be pulled out of the table-legs as needed, the horizontal flat bar which can be used to hang sketches and notes, and the metal shelves – form together a storage system over the table, which offers various possibilities to arrange your own personal workspace.
We wanted the add-on to be integreted in the table frame, not only functionally but also visually. That’s why we maintained the style of this design classic. Also because this construction reaches above user’s eye level, so it was most important for us to realize a feeling of lightness in its style.
project of 2nd semester
instructed by Prof. Gerrit Babtist
teamed with Ludwig Fehn
The district Weimar-West lies to the west of the historical downtown of Weimar. It was built since 1978 as district for social housing. Today, Weimar-West is known for its severe social problems. In our conversations with the local people we were able to capture their sense of insecurity for this neighborhood.
Though some basic public facilities are available such as a post office, a bank, schools and kindergartens, a medical center and a shopping center, but apparently there is no open space for spending free time with friends or meeting new people. The few existing restaurants and bars are poorly visited.
At the same time we noticed that there is large amount of public green space in Weimar-West and that they are seldom used by the residents, which is a huge contrast to the vivid pictures of the meadows and the park in downtown Weimar.
Thus we conceptualized an urban garden at a central spot of Weimar-West with an open air café to stimulate encounters in public spaces and enhance the sense of wellbeing while living together.
Along with a group of elderly women who meet regularly for knitting and crocheting, we developed the identity of the project ''Weimar-West Wächst'' (meaning Weimar-West is growing). The logo is a hybrid of concrete building and carrot, suggesting the positive change urban farming can bring. We also developed a series of functional objects for the café.
The raised beds with two heights, with a simply constructed folding table shall bring people together. A kneeling cushion shall enable comfortable agricultural work. A basket both for gardening work and daily use is designed in crocheting technique, aiming to be easily home produced by the local residents.
In this project we were challenged to develop a product that is made out of sheet metal for workspace for the furniture lable Pulpo.
I started with the question ''what are the basic needs of a designer at work'' and came up with the idea of creating an object extra for sketching. Whereas the current technology provides us immense convenience in working with graphics digitally, the pleasure of hand sketching seems to have been forgotten by the new generation of designers.
The most common drawing tools on the current market are drawing papers in bounds and drawing pads that would clamp the paper and sometimes offer an adjustable angle. Although extremely often used by designers, there is no single product extra for the paper rolls.
Its simple form fulfills the basic needs of the analog sketching: holding the paper roll, offering a comfortable sketching surface, cutting the paper in letter-size and carefully storing the used paper. With this pad, you can sketch on the desk, on your lap or against the wall. The Sketch Pad contains a seemingly endless source of paper, which reminds us of the workflow of our creative process.
project of 2nd semester
instructed by Prof. Gerrit Babtist
This project is cooperated with Michaelis School in Bad Lobenstein, Germany. It’s a Montessori orientated integrative school focusing on mental development. Normal children visit this school, as well as children with mental disability, who are taught to do basic housework as for example cooking, cleaning and doing laundry.
After frequent visits at the school we noticed different problems which we attempted to solve over the semester. Among them we worked on the unsatisfying situation in the educational kitchen.
Three times a week, a teacher cooks with four pupils who are mentally disabled. However, this ordinary built-in-kitchen can’t meet the educational demands of a cooking course. The pupils work with their backs towards each other and concentrate only on their own tasks. Therefore they can’t comprehend cooking as a continuous, whole process. Tools and ingredients are not easy to find, because they are stored in drawers and closets which look identical. At the same time the teacher is overstrained because of walking around, taking care of the pupils and helping them to find the right tools.
In order to create an open and interactive atmosphere and decrease the stressful feeling of the teachers, we designed the Cooking Island for the educational kitchen. At this large table everything needed for the cooking course is visible and easy to get. Communication become very natural thing easier at a centralized workspace and it’s much easier for the children to learn the whole cooking process.
From washing, cutting, preparing to cooking and baking, the different working stations of Cooking Island are located according to the normal order of single working steps. The table board shall be made out of Corian which enables the basins to be jointless. This makes it simple to keep clean.
My interest for Bangladesh and its food culture came mostly from the close contacts with my Bangladeshi friends and our regular dinner parties.
Bangladesh is a fertile alluvial plain on the delta of three main rivers - the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna, which flow towards the bay of Bengal. The water from rivers, from the sea, rain, floods, humidity and melting snows of the Himalaya Mountains makes it literally a land upon water.
The tropical monsoons experienced in Bangladesh are generally accompanied by cyclones and floods, often with catastrophic consequences, while mild floods carry large amounts of minerals and nutrients which provides an optimum living condition for fish, an essential component of the culinary tradition of Bangladesh.
Inspired by its nature and fishing technique, I designed a set of tableware serving a formal Bangladeshi meal. It consists of a ceramic plate for rice and three triangle copper plates for side dishes including fish, vegetable and sauce.
During the prototyping process, I had the forms cnc-milled and then hammered copper plates over the forms. I was my first experience hand-shaping metal.