On the occasion of the company’s bicentenary, the architect and design theorist Friedrich von Borries and the designer Frieder Bohaumilitzky designed the first Thonet rollator. What at first glance looks like a humorous commentary on the venerable age of Thonet, at closer inspection reveals itself as an intensive examination of both the history and future of Thonet from the perspective of ecological sustainability. This is because the rollator consists of different original parts from Thonet 214 and Thonet 219 chairs. It thus suggests that an ecologically sustainable future does not constantly need new products, but novelties that are developed based on existing ones. In much the same way, the rollator exemplifies a new use of preexisting parts. 
MAK Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien

Design: Friedrich von Borries · Frieder Bohaumilitzky 
Photos: Friedrich von Borries 

With the friendly support of Thonet GmbH.

Objects for Voters is a redesign of the required voting items for the elections of the federal German parliament. Political communication has changed. Through the paradigm shift from literary culture to visual culture, attention has become the central feature of political power. The aesthetic political images, designed by political consultants and communicated in media, use strong emotional associations and dominate the political discourse with it. In this realm of aesthetics, perception is not generally directed at the affective-neutral, objective knowledge of circumstances, but in the form of acts which emotionally touch and put someone in a mood. Today, electoral decisions are often made on the basis of these moods, but in contrast to the political communication the procedure of voting itself is still remarkably undesigned. The project asks about the future consequences of the changing political communication. The ballot box, the polling booth and the table for the election supervisor were redesigned in exchange with the executing electoral office, who provided the judicial and technical requirements.
Photos: Edward Greiner 
Cooperation: Landeswahlamt Hamburg 

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“Aktiv.Attraktiv.Anders – So heißt die Attraktivitätskampagne der deutschen Verteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen. Die formulierten Ziele sind flexiblere Arbeitszeiten, mehr Teilzeitarbeit, mehr Karrieremöglichkeiten, weniger Versetzungen, bessere Kinderbetreuung, die Anerkennung sozialer Kompetenzen in der Truppe, der Aufbau eines Gesundheitsmanagements, modernere Arbeitsplätze und eine modernere Unterbringung der Soldaten. Zeitgleich mit der Vorstellung der Kampagne laufen gleich mehrere öffentliche Diskussionen zur Bundeswehr parallel. [...] Besonders öffentlichkeitswirksam und kontrovers wird aber die Idee der Verteidigungsministerin diskutiert, die Stuben der Soldaten neu zu gestalten. Flächendeckendes WLAN, Flatscreens, Minikühlschränke und Garderobenspiegel auf der Stube sollen als Soforthilfe den Komfort verbessern und dann soll noch eine neue Möbelserie entwickelt werden. ‘Schöner wohnen mit von der Leyen’ titelt daraufhin der Stern oder ‘Von der Leyen rekrutiert mit Flachbildschirmen’ die Badische Zeitung.”
Denken über Design. Hamburger Papiere zur Designtheorie und -forschung an der HFBK Hamburg. Material 383-01. Hamburg: Materialverlag der HFBK.

Book series design concept: Friedrike Wolf

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Dreaming of a somalian space program. Intervention in the office of Dabelstein & Passehl Lawyers. The office is specialized in maritime and transportation law. In the Future they would like to devote themselves more to space law. The exhibited work connects both key activities and recommends to learn from previous mistakes. The work investigates the causes of piracy and urges the lawyers to allow all countries access to ressources in space. The objects are reininterpretations of representational objects from the office environment and are used as information carriers. The objects were displayed in the reception area of the office and gave reason to reflect and talk about the work of the lawyers.
Dabelstein & Passehl Rechtsanwälte 

Exhibition: Das Recht der Nachhaltigkeit 
Photo: Edward Greiner 

War for Talents criticizes the German Bundeswehr’s attempt of creating a new corporate image by replacing their living-room furniture. As a term, taken from the world of consulting, War for Talents describes the fight for qualified staff between different companies. Ever since the abolition of compulsory military service in Germany, the German Bundeswehr has found itself in the middle of a similar struggle for ‘young talent’. A workshop of soldiers, defence officials and consultants provided the initial ideas. The objects, which include symbolic displays of Bundeswehr equipment, expose the contradiction between aesthetically pleasing design and the sobering, hierarchical experience of military life.

HFBK-Designpreis der Leinemann-Stiftung für Bildung und Kunst 2014. 

Pinkdot Design Award in the context of the exhibition Dingverhältnis, Salone del Mobile 2015, Milan. 

Photos: Edward Greiner 

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