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Finding Form

Dates: 21 – 27 August 2016
Tutor(s): Franziska Kessler + Torsten Neeland
Type of workshop: Design / Yoga
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

This workshop is about design and yoga – and thus an experiment on creativity.
Yoga apparently is about “being” while design entails “making”. Yoga basically tries to reach us inside whereas design directs our energy towards something outside ourselves.
But design and yoga essentially follow the same principles of form and finding: they both aim for structure, rhythm and order. While design aims to develop forms that encompass ideas, yoga combines physical excercise with meditation and translates matter into patterns of energy.
The workshop will introduce and practice methods of product design and Kundalini Yoga, thus allowing participants to explore new ways of developing things, procedures and themselves.
On a material side our focus lies on food related objects – objects that we can use in order to harvest, prepare or serve vegetarian food. In the meantime, yoga’s spiritual and physical exercises broaden our experience and connect our energy beyond the usual limitations of body and soul.
Together, yoga and design shall reach beyond egocentric ambitions and search for truth and harmony within a universe of possibilities.

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About Franziska & Torsten

Franziska_Kessler_Kirtan Kriya webFranziska Kessler’s professional history in the area of design is manifold. As a former lifestyle professional for magazines such as Vogue and Elle, she is currently working as an internationally acclaimed design expert, gallerist and interior designer. Yoga is an integral part of her life. It means a completion and reinforcement of one’s bodily and mental abilities. In the combination of modern yoga and creativity she sees an enhanced potential in all that one undertakes. What began as a rather private concern with Yoga, soon brought insights that resulted in a professional commitment to it. She now regularily leads Yoga classes in Switzerland. Franziska was trained by worldwide known Kundalini teacher Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and her husband Gurushabd. Like them, her teaching is deeply inspired by the promise of the spirit and the technique of Yogi Bhajan. She also continues to study on an advanced level with Gurmukh and the Indian Reiki master Maa Gyaan Suveera.

1-Portrait-Torsten-NeelandTorsten Neeland was born in Hamburg, Germany. Following his studies in Industrial Design at the College of Fine Art in Hamburg, Torsten Neeland set up his office for Industrial and Interior Design in London in 1997, where he now lives and works, establishing Torsten Neeland Studio for Industrial and Interior Design. He has been developing his design experience with a particular focus on contemporary design from corporate interior branding to product design for manufacturers such as Audi, Dornbracht, Yohji Yamamoto, Donna Karan Home, and Magazin. His work has been widely published in national and international press and is featured in several product and interior design books. The design appoach is clear and direct, as the design style. He believes that simplicity is very often a result of a complex process and the work being carried in the office is very much related to interdisciplinary thinking.

Layer by Layer
Building with Erosion

Dates: 28 August – 03 September 2016
Tutor(s): Timur Ersen
Type of workshop: Architecture / Adobe
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

In this workshop we are going to design and build a rammed-earth wall together. We’ll all get physically involved and feel how much energy is needed to build a wall by taking the most common material, earth (eroded material), and compress that in a formwork – layer after layer. Right after taking off the formwork the whole process becomes apparent in the wall’s beautiful structure. It will stay rough, face the weather and thus get eroded to an anticipated point called « calculated erosion ».

Besides the physical and aesthetical aspect of this exercise, we will talk a lot about its potential in nowadays architecture and see how contemporary craftsmen and architects are using it to propose solutions that are as sustainable as they are beautiful.

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About Timur

Profil-pictureTimur Ersen is a French / Turkish architect. He studied at the School of Architecture of Lyon as well as at the EPFL (Federal Polytechnical School of Lausanne). After graduating in architecture, he worked eight months as worker for the visionary rammed-earth craftsman Martin Rauch. Within Rauch’s team, he worked especially on the Ricola Herb Center designed by Herzog & De Meuron near Basel, which is now the biggest contemporary rammed-earth building in Europe. After working six months as an architect with Anna Heringer in Germany, he went to Mexico to design and build his first project in the tropical forest of Oaxaca. This small permaculture workspace won the Blue Award 2014 and has been shorlisted in the European Price of Architecture Philippe Rotthier.

Since 2 years, Timur Ersen runs his own pactise as architect and craftsman in Turkey, proposing constructions that are based on local resources regarding material, craftsmanship and energy.

Hygroscopic Aggregate Structure

Dates: 14 – 20 August 2016
Tutor(s): Karola Dierichs + Achim Menges – Institute for Computational Design (ICD) Stuttgart
Type of workshop: Computational Design / Architecture
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Our workshop introduces participants to the notion of designed matter and teaches digital construction techniques which are gentle and non-invasive to the surrounding environment. Participants get an overview of the theoretical foundations of designed matter proposing a transition from machinic processes of architectural production towards a material intelligence: the material in and of itself becomes the machine.

The Hygroscopic Aggregate Structure will be made of hygroscopic actuated particles and locally found wood branches. It will be constructed, modulated or scanned by robots. The structure will be the first full-scale realization of a granular material system that uses the innate capacity of wood to change form under changing humidity conditions.

Designers from all disciplines can participate as the workshop touches on a wide range of skills, interests and scales. It will be conducted in an explorative and hands-on manner. Prior knowledge in robotics and programming or scripting is not required.

The workshop draws from two main research fields currently conducted in the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart: aggregate architectures and hygroscopic materials. The field of aggregate architectures deals with the use of loose granular materials as an architectural construction system. The field of hygroscopic materials investigates how hygroscopic behavior in wood can be programmed for controlled geometric shape change in architectural elements.

Workshop Tutors
Karola Dierichs, Achim Menges
with Dylan Wood, Ondrej Kyjanek, Leyla Yunis
Scientific Development
Karola Dierichs, Dylan Wood
with David Correa, Matthias Helmreich
Robotic System Development
Ondrej Kyjanek with Martin Loucka
Project Coordination
Karola Dierichs with Leyla Yunis
Research Assistants
Miguel Aflalo, Martin Alvarez, Christian Arias, Pedro Giachini, Jasmin Sadegh, Alexander Wolkow
Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction
Domaine de Boisbuchet

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About Karola & Achim

ICD_KaroalDierichs_PortraitKarola Dierichs is an architect, researcher and tutor at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) with Professor Achim Menges, University of Stuttgart.
She has been educated at the Technical University of Braunschweig, the ETH Zurich and the Architectural Association (AA) in London and has graduated from the Emergent Technologies and Design Program with Distinction in 2009. She has been teaching at the Architectural Association in London, the Städelschule Architecture Class in Frankfurt and the Institute for Computational Design in Stuttgart.
At the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) Karola Dierichs is leading the research field of aggregate architectures, where she is developing synthetic granular materials as designed matter in architecture. Among others her recent work has been recognized with the Holcim Acknowledgement Award Europe 2014.
ICD_AchimMenges_PortraitAchim Menges is a registered architect and professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design. He also is Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
He graduated with honours from the AA School of Architecture in London where he subsequently taught as Studio Master of the Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Program, as visiting professor and as Unit Master of Diploma Unit 4.
Achim Menges practice and research focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing. His projects and design research has received many international awards, has been published and exhibited worldwide, and form parts of several renowned museum collections, among others, the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Designing an encyclopedia of unique objects

Dates: 03 – 09 July 2016
Tutor(s): mischer’traxler
Type of workshop: Installation / Product / Process
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Normally in an encyclopedia one finds out what a specific term means and the given description helps us to understand it. In our workshop this process will be reversed in order to create unusual objects.

What if we have to explain a specific term without knowing it and just use our phantasy to define an object? What if this explanation is then translated into a unique thing? Could a ‘pyrometer’ be a fireplace? And an ‘intrados’ a cup for two? And how would it really look like? A task that will trigger our imagination in order to get to unique results.
Through practical assignments and experiments, the participants will define and translate, make, test and explore. Directions to consider will vary from logic and meaningful solutions to poetic and lively proposals up to amusing absurdity.
At the end of the week there will be a collection of products, furniture, objects or even installations that form a surprising three-dimensional ‘encyclopedia’ of unique things. Let’s build something pulchritudious!

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About mischer’traxler

portrait_mischertraxler_blau2_querformat_300dpiKatharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981) form mischer’traxler studio. Based in Vienna they develop and design products, furniture, installations and more, with a focus on experiments, context and conceptual thinking. Balancing between handcraft and technology, they envision whole systems, processes and new production methods that indicate sustainability and the relevance of nature. Part of their design process is to examine, experiment, analyse and reject. This critical view often questions and affects the relation between producer, object and owner. “Why and what for” are often the main concerns before a new project comes into being, whilst “What if” ceases in new interpretations and different possibilities. Their results often make use of unexpected materials and are characterized by external inputs such as weather conditions or the usage of something that already exists. After graduating from the IM-master department at the Design Academy Eindhoven and several years of collaboration, Katharina and Thomas founded mischer’traxler studio in 2009. Their work won the Austrian Experimental Design Award 2009, the DMY Award 2009 and was shortlisted for the Brit Insurance Design Award in 2010. Numerous exhibitions on contemporary design displayed their products in museums including the Boijmans van Boiningen, the Desing Museum in London, the Triennale Milano, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as on international festivals. Projects by mischer’traxler are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute Chicago, the Vitra Design Museum and the MAK in Vienna. mischer’traxler has been invited to lecture and give workshops in various institutes and universities in Austria and Europe and in 2011 was honoured with the ‘W-hotels designer of the future award’ by Design Miami/Basel and W-hotels.

Mating Dance

Dates: 17 – 23 July 2016
Tutor(s): Bart Hess
Type of workshop: Fashion / Materials / Zoology
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

For this workshop participants will research different types of mating dances by birds. This will be translated to objects or textures that can be worn on the body and can interact with others and the surroundings. With the use of all kinds of poor materials and exploring different low-tech techniques we are going to create interaction.
Key in the workshop is working from your intuition and following your design instinct.

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About Bart

Bart_Hess_PortraitBart Hess explores several fields combining material studies, animation and photography in a surrealist manner.
With his fascination for the human body and the manipulation of it, Hess pushes the boundaries of the textile design profession: his designs transcend the craft, as Hess chooses to extend them via other media, such as film, photography and animation.
His futuristic fabrics and textures blur the boundary between textile and skin, human and new species.

Illuminating the Woods

Dates: 31 July – 06 August 2016
Tutor(s): Kukka (Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz)
Type of workshop: Lighting / Environment
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz, in collaboration with Amorim Cork, invites participants to ‘Illuminate the woods’.

The forest is deep and dark at night and the magic of nature whispers around the old trees – a dark fairyland that Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz and the participants will bring light to.

The woods have their own natural resources to produce light, such as fungus and fireflies; This workshop will intend to help illuminate the woods. Observe, listen and learn how it feels to be surrounded by this incredible nature.

Participants will create sustainable lanterns that will operate on wind and solar power while using fascinating Cork as the main material.

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About Kukka

RMIsraeli / British designer Rona Meyuchas Koblenz began her extensive career in Milan, after graduating with a Masters in Industrial Design, from SPD in Milan in 1999. She initially worked in Milan in different practices designing award-winning products for companies such as Luceplan, Egoluce, Cattelanitalia, Aldabra, Leucos, and Bisazza. Rona then moved to London and worked as a senior product designer and project manager at Isometrix Lighting and Design. During her time at Isometrix, she specialized in custom made luminaires for commissions and special projects such as Nobu, Morimoto and Yauatcha restaurants, Hotel Puerta America, The Ritz, and Walker Art Museum as well as numerous private residential projects including luxury yachts.
Rona’s professional experience in design and manufacturing motivated her to create products under her own label. The first collection was released in Milan Salone del mobile. Later that same year, Fiera Milano approached Rona to feature her workings in the second edition book ‘BOX 40/2’ about emerging young designers under 40, who have contributed to Italian companies.
Her clients include Caesarstone™, The Conran, Paul Smith, La Rinascente and Aviv Group. Rona runs her own design practice Kukka Studio specializing in custom made products for special projects and commissions.  In 2010, Rona set up the design brand Kukka, in order to market, sell and exhibit her products worldwide.

Soft Goods

Dates: 03 – 09 July 2016
Tutor(s): Faye Toogood
Type of workshop: Fashion / Furniture / Sculpture / Installation
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Soft Goods is a workshop which explores the notion of softness in shape, material, touch and volume.
Expect welcoming chunkiness, innocent plumpness and gentle linear-forms. We will explore Soft Goods across different disciplines such as fashion, furniture, sculpture and installation.

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About Faye

Toogood_Faye_Portrait_2015_lowFaye Toogood is a British designer. Her furniture and objects demonstrate a preoccupation with materiality and experimentation. All of her pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and traditional artisans, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material.
With an academic training in the theory and practice of fine art, and a vocational background at the forefront of the magazine industry, Toogood approaches product design with a singular and acutely honed eye. Her highly sculptural work, while showing an astute respect for the past, is derived from pure self-expression and instinct.
Toogood’s objects are grouped together into her trademark numbered ‘Assemblages’. This allows her to avoid the formulaic, to experiment with the materials and processes that dominate her thinking at a particular time. With each Assemblage, she engages not only with the products themselves but also with the three-dimensional space in which they are exhibited, working across multiple disciplines to create a single body of work with an intuitive and unified narrative.

Magical Thinking

Dates: 26 June – 02 July 2016
Tutor(s): Simon Costin
Type of workshop: Set Design
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

This workshop will look for ways an individual’s creative process can be enhanced by the use of magical practises. Over the course of history, various groups and cultures have developed methods to gain control over natural forces. The workshop will explore some of these and then encourage participants to create an original object drawn from their personal history via magical means. Children often create things instinctively as a reaction to their experiences and dreams. Can we become children again and allow ourselves to create something instinctively, away from the strictures and rigours of design practise? We shall see…



Luke-Stephenson-PortraitSimon Costin was born in London and studied Theatre Design and History of Art at Wimbledon School of Art. Since leaving college in the mid 80’s, Simon has grown to become an internationally respected art director and set designer working with luxury brands and is renowned for the conceptually ambitious nature of his editorial and catwalk designs and his event conceptualising. Fashion clients include Lanvin, Hermès, Valentino, Gareth Pugh, Givenchy, Gucci, Stella McCartney, YSL, Maison Margiela, Matthew Williamson, Bulgari and Fabergé. Costin has worked with many of the world’s leading fashion photographers including Nick Knight, Tim Walker, Solve Sundsbo, Craig McDean, Liz Collins, Jurgen Teller, Paolo Roversi, Emma Summerton, Carter Smith, Phil Poynter, Mario Testino and Steven Klein.

Costin’s work has been displayed in many exhibitions, at venues as diverse as a forest in Argyll, the ICA in London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

His life long passion for folklore has resulted in his launch of the Museum of British Folklore project. A long-term idea which aims to establish the UK’s first ever centre devoted to celebrating and researching the UK’s rich folkloric cultural heritage. He is also the director of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall.

Hungry Copy

Dates: 31 July – 06 August 2016
Tutor(s): Arabeschi di Latte (Francesca Sarti)
Type of workshop: Food / Design
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Where do you draw the line between copy and original? Natural and unnatural? False or true? Form and substance? What could this mean in food?

There are many examples that stand along that line: from fake mozzarellas, pristine snow white apples, no-meat burgers and cutlets, the industrial mimicking the natural, made in/assembled by, bio/non bio, lost in translation regional food like “spaghetti alla Bolognese”, edible trompe-lʼoeil, DOC, DOP and OGM… During our workshop we will investigate this topic and translate it in a summer food feast, an open air salon with “food stalls” like outpost of research, reflection and investigation. We’ll create edible occasions to make interesting statements for the present and future of food.

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About Francesca

Jury-Spaces-2014-Francesca-Sarti-HRFrancesca Sarti, born in Florence and based in London, is an architect with an interdisciplinary attitude, who has always combined fields of interest, experiences and research, focusing on the world around us through a critic and creative filter. After working in the contemporary art world, in 2001 she founded the food design studio Arabeschi di Latte. Blurring the boundaries between food and design, Arabeschi di Latte has created and exhibited a variety of food-related projects such as a pop up café, special dinners, performances, installations and workshops around the world. Arabeschi di Latte uses food as an angle to investigate and communicate cultural conditions, traditions and rituals. Arabeschi di Latte creates events and projects for brands and istitutions including Selfridges, Marni, Fendi, Kenzo, Zegna, Molteni, Boffi, Bitossi, Pitti Immagine, The New York Times, RCS, San Pellegrino, MAXXI, Fiorucci Art Trust and the London Fashion College.

Furniture that transforms space

Dates: 14 – 20 August 2016
Tutor(s): Muller Van Severen
Type of workshop: Design / Furniture
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

When we think of making furniture, space is always very important. We want to explore dimensions, both in the piece itself as well as in the compositions we make.
We try to involve walls, ceilings and floors, but also respect the empty parts. And when we think of making a chair, we also think of a table and a lamp etc. We try to create a world and not just an element. However, the elements of this world should be small worlds themselves – like little architectures.

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About Muller Van Severen

portretMullervanseverenFien Muller and Hannes Van Severen are both artists but their collection sits somewhere between art and design: it is obviously ‘furniture’ but the emphasis is not completely concentrated on function and suggests different ways of living and the use of space – an uncanny twist on universal forms. Fien Muller’s photography is suggestive of someone who considers everything in her daily life to be up for participation in a theatre of her compositions where it is not so much the qualities of an individual object that are important, but what happens when that object is introduced to another. Her sense of colour is likewise extraordinary and features odd combinations with always a harmonious result. Hannes’ work is often the other way around: the familiar becomes absurd in a sense that it loses it’s function and turns irrational, such as a staircase laid on its side and going nowhere or a closet that was pushed through the circular saw and lost its balance. Since 2011, Muller van Severen’s collaborative work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Europe and the USA and is widely published in magazines and online publications on art as well as on design.