Conceptual Design, Furniture, Burg Giebichenstein - University of Art and Design Halle, 2012


transformers - table & lamp

“Transformers” is based on the concept of using products as an inspiration and to imagine them anew. During the process of figuring out how to do so, the statement of my design and its impact became more and more important to me. At this point, I questioned the appreciation of furniture nowadays and the cause for this development.

In my opinion, there exist a couple of reasons.
On the one hand, there is all the advertising, increasing the desire to buy. Significantly rising spread of discount furniture retailers reduce our appreciation of furnishings. A doubling of the market share of the low-cost segment over the last decades results in an almost complete disappearance of the medium-cost segment (Hamburger Trendstudio). As a result, only two opinions remain for costumers: “cheap” or “luxury”. Discounters benefit from cheap imports, mainly from China, Indonesia, Romania and Vietnam (CSIL), as well as high taxes on imports of raw materials. Another cause could be that people are increasingly attracted by metropolises, where a comprehensive range of products can be found. There has to be that special furnishing for all of the different stages of life. For most people, home is an important place for self-fulfillment. The wish for individuality increases, especially for Germans. No other nation spends more money on furnishing (Cetelem Bank).

Caused by the oversupply and the suggested permanent need of new furniture, I asked myself: Is there a way of a sustained loyalty of users to their furniture? I offer the solution with my heavyweight objects. Because it demands something of an effort to replace a 400 kilogram table, once arranged successfully. My “Schwerbau_Tisch” (“Heavyweight_Table”) is a combination of a concrete tabletop and double T-girder as table legs.
In addition I designed, under the same subject, two lamps. They are based on shut-off valves combined with an additional element, which includes the LED-module. There are several ways to use them, for example as a spot, through the round opening. The spacing between both components creates a soft diffused light. The objects can lie on the floor, stand on the work desk just as well be assembled to the wall or ceiling, using the already existing holes.

supervised by Prof. Klaus Michel and Ass. Ilja Oelschlägel
Interior Architecture, Burg Giebichenstein - University of Art and Design Halle, 2012

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