Disorder and Order

Disorder as a Design Tool

Emma Tietze

September / September - 2022

Bauhaus Universität Weimar

Bachelor of Arts


If tidiness is half of life, then so is chaos! Human behaviour patterns, especially in private living spaces, almost inevitably bring with them a natural scattering of objects of daily use. Odds and ends and necessities are unexpectedly discarded, dropped, or forgotten in random places. The resulting clutter is often difficult to integrate into an environment that has already been designed. Can this everyday clutter be used in a creative way? Two different design concepts were developed as an answer to this question. The “Kara” luminaire supports casual presentation and makes clutter visible. It consists of two plastic objects that are produced in a rotational moulding process. A shelf is a piece of furniture involving interfaces. Different spaces of interaction meet there, which favours the creation of clutter. The shelf “Vito“ tries to prevent chaos through a clear hierarchy in its storage system.