Material Explorers

Winter 2021 / 2022, semester project for BA students

The course participants developed material, process and product demonstrators based on regionally available raw materials and used them to show potential for circular applications in design and architecture. Through the concrete confrontation with and use of one's own environment as well as locally available resources and technologies, design becomes immediate and the effects of design become just as immediately visible and tangible.Through the critical examination of relevant positions on the topic of material design and research, as well as sustainable principles such as consistency, resistance, sufficiency and efficiency, a holistic and experimental design work was focused on.In the individual designs, research-based design processes, concept developments for open-ended material-product demonstrators and their systematic transfer into application scenarios and product designs are tested.

Free and final projects

Unclean Plastics

Free project by Friedrich Gerlach and Felix Stockhausen

Lust auf Lehm

Free project by Beatrice Oria Lombardia

Earth, Wind and Fire

Winter 2020 / 2021, semester project for BA and MA students
Bauhaus Universität Weimar

Due to pandemic-related hygiene measures, analogue teaching and work in the workshops was impossible in the winter semester 2020 / 21. The task was to design and prototype a site-specific outdoor installation that uses elementary forces of nature. Instead of working on the computer, there was intensive field research, a video workshop and experiments in nature. Earth, Wind and Fire thematises the linking of science, art and design and makes it very concrete!

The aim was to strengthen the perception of the incredible power of nature, to make the impact of one's own design decisions directly tangible, to build on this with an experimental practice and to show the potential of this attitude. In a tense situation that was extremely challenging for students and teachers, we created an exercise environment that, on the one hand, met pandemic-related hygiene measures and, on the other hand, motivated the students and allowed them to become active.

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Winter 2020 / 2021, 1st semester project
in cooperation with Sarah Böttger

In "Kurzschluss," students are confronted with new tasks and free project work every two weeks. The works created during this time testify to an intensive, diverse and exciting first semester. Due to pandemic conditions Sarah Böttger and me developed the format MAKE IT, in close collaboration with the workshop leaders, a combination of workshop introduction and design exercises. The workshop leaders supervised the students on site, the design processes were digitally accompanied by Sarah Böttger and me. The interplay of belly - hand - head - computer is a basic principle in PD studies at BUW and is tried out and lived in the Kurzschluss and especially in the workshop weeks.

IMAGE ABOVE Terna Expo Frames by Caroline Nüesch, Leon Peter Purtscher, Linus Enzmann, Matthias Schüller, Anna Viktorija Babić


Based on two terms, an everyday metal helper was designed and implemented in the metal workshop using adequate processes. The interplay of idea and feasibility in the material was intensively tested.

IMAGES SHOWN IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE Bending in the basement by Niels Cremer, Carrying in the basement by Aaron Moser, Hanging on the bicycle by Leopold Kürschner, Linking in the garden by Mara Kossira

Based on food, impressions are made from plaster. Focused are the processes of the plaster workshop and promoted the understanding of relationships positive to negative, mold making, separations, undercuts.

IMAGES SHOWN IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE Lychee by Julia Diegelmann, Paprica by Pascal Simon Stappen, Bread & Peperoni by Matthias Schüller, Garlic by Pascal Simon Stappen

In the plastics workshop, a product is designed and implemented that is contextually integrated into a film still ... Even the smallest product intervention, add-on or extension can make a big difference and change an entire scenario.

IMAGES SHOWN IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE Shoulder pads for Stand By Me by Luca Schreiber, Death mask by Aaron Moser, Lost in Universe by Fiona Meyer, Life buoy by Julia Diegelmann

In the design of an exhibition architecture for a joint presentation of all the practice objects created in the four short circuit weeks, the connection is the center of interest.

IMAGES SHOWN IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE KA_PA by Aaron Merten, Julia Diegelmann, Louise Richter, Luca Schreiber, Michel Schneider, Terna Expo Frames by Caroline Nüesch, Leon Peter Purtscher, Linus Enzmann, Matthias Schüller, Anna Viktorija Babić


Winter 2019 / 2020, 3rd - 8th semester project
artistic assistant: Susann Paduch (Design M.A.)

Becker Brakel
Filzfabrik Fulda

As a project module, the Fibre Forms course dealt with design, technical, organisational and critical-analytical procedures in an action-oriented work and innovation context.

It was about experimenting with the non-woven material and developing products in potentially new areas of application. 

Accompanying the product design, the material and process were critically scrutinised, challenges on topics such as circular design, as well as the connections between modularity and sustainability were discussed and methodically reviewed in expert interviews and workshop formats.

In order of appearance: Kiper by Julian Breitschmid, Siebenschläfer by Luca Ganzert, Öea Matuschyk in the Workshop,
students group concept work, exhibition at Winterwerkschau 2019, Tabo by Leon Bucher


Summer 2018, 3rd - 8th semester project
Together with Steffen Herm (Design M.A.)

Guests:  Ideen labor BSR (Frieder Söling)Susanne Ritzmann (DRL Berlin)

This course not only looks for new applications for waste materials as a material and object, but also works on a contemporary recycling aesthetics. The microcosm UDK is to be understood as an image of a much larger problem. Part of the task is also to check the scalability of your own experimental idea.

Material Research by Tim Bader, Porcelain Brittle by Georgia von le Fort & Valentin Bufler, Beta-ton by Alexander Assmann & Dong Liu and Cubix by Emilia Knabe & Milan Siegers




Winter 18 / 19 & Summer 19

Students design hybrid textiles in a multi-stage process that combines traditional textile techniques with laser cutting and 3D printing. The design experiment is the central design method.


2021 - 2022
HBKsaarProduct Design
Visiting professorship
Project module for Bachelor students

2019 - today
Bauhaus University Weimar
Faculty OF Art and Design
Visiting professorship
Project modules for Bachelor and Master students
Supervision of final theses
Committee work
Main seminars
Product & Interior Design
University of the Arts Berlin
Industrial Design / Technology
Main seminars in Technology & Construction
University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Faculty of Design
Burg Giebichenstein
University of Art and Design Halle
Faculty of Design
Basic seminar & Workshop