"Hands on the Kingdom"
August 6th – 12th 2017
London based product designer Mathias Hahn (born in Germany) started up his studio in 2006 and is one of the founding members of OKAYstudio. After graduating as industrial designer in Germany he moved on to the Royal College of Art, where he received a MA degree in Design Products under Ron Arad in 2006. From his studio and workshops he is working on diverse projects in the field of industrial and furniture design. His client list includes companies like Ligne Roset, Marset, Kohler, IKEA, Magazin, Kvadrat, Another Country, Zeitraum, SZ-Magazin, and others. His work has been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions and galleries and was featured in many major design publications and newspapers worldwide. As part of YDMI, organised by the German Design Council, Mathias became Young Professional 2008, received the 2010 German Design Award as Newcomer/Finalist, was selected Newcomer of the year 2014 by German ELLE DECORATION and is among the 50 best German designers selected by AD Magazine in 2016. His products have won numerous awards. In 2012 his light JINN was awarded the red dot: Best of the Best while in 2011 he received an IF Award and an Interior Innovation Award for his light LANTERN by Ligne Roset. More recent awards include the 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award, and NYCx Design Award 2016. Mathias Hahn has also been a guest lecturer at various universities and institutions.
Through his background in Industrial Design, working according to production and manufacturing processes, Mathias has a natural desire for designing towards use and functionality. Describing his process, he further refers to an intuitive approach that introduces experimental curiosity to his way of working. He pictures his work as having two sides. One is based on the idea to create objects that have a place in everyday life and solve a particular problem, the other one is more playful and related to the narrative side of the design process which often functions as a starting point. Depending on the project these two aspects come together and form useful commodities that show a slight layer of humor, social context or even naivety. In a sense, Hahn’s work is a combination of playfulness as well as functional reduction towards utility. Mathias is attracted by the material integrity and longevity of everyday items - in opposition to fast, ephemeral product consumption. Transforming these into simple but useful objects he takes a twisted angle at familiar object categories, in order to find new fields of application.
Mathias Hahn - Industrial Design Studio works in a wide field ranging from industrial design, product development, brand & range strategy, art direction and consulting through to experimental design, one-off production and interiors.
"Hands on the Kingdom"
August 6th – 12th
Exploring the power of narrative as a playful process of creation, this workshop will generate a stage for a 'tribe', a community of the many different, where everyone can find their role in a clan of storytellers, makers, believers, aesthetes, and dreamers.
Through storytelling and experimentation, each individual will have the chance to unfold their personal concepts and capabilities while contributing to a bigger picture.
Understanding the object or outcome of the design process as a cultural expression, there is space for anything. From the essential commodity to the ceremonial, from a garment to a game, from the shelter to a meal.
Aiming to create an environment of hands-on infantile playfulness, we will blur the boundaries of fiction and reality in order to become experimental, expressive and beautiful.