As an individual support, Andreas Maegerlein and his team from BASF designfabrik® invited the selected graduates to a two-day materials workshop including board and lodging at the Creation Center, where they had the opportunity to discuss with experts on bio-based and biodegradable plastics, gain insights into manufacturing and processing procedures and exchange ideas with the Creation Center team. In intensive discussions, Andreas Maegerlein, Alex Horisberger and Manuel Ockel from the BASF designfabrik® in the Creation Center Germany talked with the graduates as well as Katrin Krupka, Project Manager GDG and Julia Voigtländer, Division Manager of the German Design Council Foundation about today’s and tomorrow’s plastics and possibilities for design and industry. In the course of this, Hanna Heimbold presented her analysis and development of a design system for positive user experience of variance in monomateriality for recyclable products based on her final thesis Varianz in Monomaterial. Johannes Schmidtner presented Air Craft – the development of a user-oriented design process for inflatables using parametric-based manufacturing methods. Severin Geißler reported on his findings on researching the phenomenon of product transparency using a shoe with his final thesis Spuren Folgen.
BASF designfabrik® in the Creation Center builds a bridge between the visions of designers and the possibilities of plastics, supports customers in the early stages of product development with materials, sample parts and services and works as a control centre in the global BASF network.
Interview mit Laurin Bucholz
Laurin – What’s the job like at IDBerlin and what do you do exactly?
I am part of a small design team and work in different constellations on complex product developments in the bike sector. This can be a frame construction, a detailed solution for a handlebar, or a strategy development for a bicycle in collaboration with research institutes and partners from industry. So it’s quite diverse – it never gets boring.
When you think about the time right after you graduated – what did you expect from everyday work – for example, did you imagine it to be difficult?
For example, I never thought I would enjoy dealing with customers and suppliers so much. In everyday life, it’s a lot about concrete problem solving in small steps – that’s what I enjoy – working together with many people on a solution.
What did your final project mean to you in terms of your job today?
What’s great is that I can apply the expertise in sustainable materials, modular construction and sustainable manufacturing methods that I acquired in my BA to all projects at IDBerlin in a variety of ways.
40 Years Mono Teapot
In 1983, the company launched the first Mono teapot together with the designer Tassilo von Grolman. It was to become a design icon in the following decades. The Mono Classic teapot was followed by the Mono Filio and Mono Ellipse models, which can also be found in many living rooms of tea and design lovers worldwide. This 40th anniversary is both the occasion and the theme of the first edition of the “Mono Residency”.
Mono invites the residency participants to play, intervene, deconstruct and recontextualise. By exploring the materials of the Mono teapots and their iconic appearance, the designers develop new perspectives on the classic. The result of the project is ten creative individual pieces – ten art and design objects that take up the materiality and typology of the Mono teapot and stand for themselves through their originality and strong aesthetics.
Photos: Sven Serkis
DDCAST episodes with graduates as guests (in German)
DDCAST, the podcast of the Deutscher Designer Club (DDC), is one of the leading design podcasts in Europe. The programme policy is characterised by a consistent opening of the “design bubble” towards adjacent disciplines. The guest list is strictly gendered and divided into three groups, up to around 30, up to the mid-40s, from the mid-40s onwards, geared towards the equality of generational perspectives.
STATEMENTS FROM THE EXHIBITORS
It was great to be able to exhibit at the Ambiente Talents Programme and present my designs to an international audience. The feedback was very appreciative and motivating, I was able to make some international and exciting contacts and it was very inspiring to exchange ideas with other young designers. The Talents Programme is really a special opportunity and platform to get in touch with representatives from the whole industry.Julia Huisken
Ambiente 2023 was a wonderful and exciting experience for me, as I had never before experienced such a large trade fair with so many visitors. One thing I have learned is definitely to print more postcards next time! Besides making new contacts, the conversations with interested visitors were particularly enriching. Their questions, thoughts and perspectives on my work opened up new perspectives of an economic, ecological and creative nature for me with regard to future implementations.Dagmar Christina Gerke
It was a special experience to present your work to an international audience during Ambiente 2023. The discussions held there, whether with other designers or industry representatives, were very inspiring and revealed promising possibilities for the future. I am also glad that I was able to exhibit with such talented young designers.Theresa Voigt
Since 2019, Jasmin Jouhar has been supporting graduates with individual PR coaching and advising on topics related to media visibility. Topics such as non-academic writing and visual language or media and social networks are often neglected during studies, but quickly become very important after graduation, especially if a graduate is working towards self-employment or a start-up.
Jasmin’s motivation is: “To give back some of the support I have experienced over the years. On the other hand, I have acquired knowledge and skills through my work that I would like to share. If I can make it easier for young designers to make the difficult transition to work and self-employment, all the better!