The Influence of a Design Process Focused on Experimentation and Improvisation on the Resulting Artefact and the Associated Formal Language

Cornelius Richter

März / March - 2023

Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen

Master of Arts


Can designers learn from children's drawings? Are they drafts in the usual sense, or just children's drawings? What does it mean when children think up chairs, detached from basic design parameters? What happens when children's drawings and handicrafts are taken seriously from a design perspective? The master thesis EIN STUHL (A CHAIR) explores these questions and tries in an experimentally oriented design process to approach the way children make decisions in creative processes. STUHL (CHAIR) is the result of a dialogue between the archetypal silhouette and the ergonomics of the chair. How far can the chair's consistent orthogonality - as if drawn by a child's hand - be preserved, despite ergonomic interventions? Four legs, a backrest and a seat. Ash wood.