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.
About Franziska & Torsten
Franziska 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.
Torsten 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.