The responsible interaction with our nature and limited resources is a key factor for future products.
The workshop sets a focus on this situation by using energy-efficient lamps and materials which are either organic or easily recycled in order to develop aesthetically challenging luminaires and structures for sophisticated atmospheres.
We seek to explore and analyse nature’s own perfect structures and Boisbuchet’s architecture as sources for our inspiration. A short warm-up shall introduce into the principles of light-technology and will be followed by a collective building of lamps, concentrating on their fundamental technical set-up. The reflection of these basic light fixtures through forms we discovered in Boisbuchet shall lead us to the development of innovative, light lights.
At the end of our light-lights-workshop, the fully operable luminaires of each one of the team connect to an illuminating installation for the final dinner.
Gerhard Reichert holds diploma in mechanical engineering and integral-design from SADK Stuttgart.He was project manager at MH Design Engineering in Switzerland and Germany and worked for seven years with Michele De Lucchi in Milan before establishing his own studio “reichert-design”.
In 2004 he was appointed Professor for Design at University of Applied Science Aachen. Since 2007 he is Professor and Head of Department for Product Design at University of Applied Science Schwäbisch Gmünd. In 2013 he taught as guest professor at San Jose State University in California.
Reichert focuses on the integral development of products and product systems that reconcile utilitarian, ecological functionality and integral emotionality. His expertise is design and engineering in complex global contexts and alternate branches of industry and markets such as office furniture, interiors, lamps and industrial as well as medical products.
Gerhard Reichert collaborates with international companies such as Artemide, AAT, ALS, Brunner, iGuzzini, Interstuhl, Koleksiyon, Leifheit, Molteni, and Mauser Office and many of his products were awarded. Reichert often acts as advising expert and member of design juries.
Marc Mann lives in Hamburg where he is a light and jewellery designer – besides working as an IT-consultant. He is a passionate collector and constantly engaged in contemporary art as well as in antique crafts. His preferences of fusing disparate disciplines, materials and ideas become manifest in his trademark objects called „jeweLIGHTs“.
Found objects such as hand blown flacons often become a starting point for his designs and transparent phenomena in particular – be it glas with its manifold, subtle qualities or a deep sea jellyfish – provide a recurrent source of inspiration. The true value of his unique pieces of jewelry is not based on expensive matter but on a highly elegant transformation of historic material into authentic, visionary objects.
Marc Mann’s objects have been successfully shown in numerous exhibitions and selected by Karim Rashid for the International Design Yearbook 2003/2004. In 2012, Marc received the EVOQUE Style Award “Hamburg – CITY OF LIGHT”.