Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin Rundgang 2014

Some 24 hours after finding ourselves in the same corridor as Axel Kufus at the Universität der Künste 2014 Rundgang our paths crossed that of Hella Jongerius at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin Rundgang.

It’s just how it is in Berlin……

And as with the UdK Rundgang, in terms of product/industrial the 2014 show at Weißensee was/is, in our opinion, somewhat smaller than in previous editions, did/does however present a highly entertaining review of the past years work and so neatly explains what design students get up to all day.

Three projects in particular caught our attention, although to be completely honest two of them had already caused palpitations of delight when we saw them at DMY Berlin 2014. Seeing them during the Rundgang merely giving us a new, welcome, chance to write about them.

The 2014 Rundgang at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee can be viewed until 8pm on Sunday July 20th so today. In addition to product/industrial design the Rundgang features showcases from across the school’s programme including printing, fashion, art, stage design …..  Full details can be found at www.kh-berlin.de

Brillendampfer by Anne Lang

A collapsible glasses case.

It’s that simple.

When your glasses are in their case it is fairly clear that it is going to be bulky. But when you take them out, put them on, but still need to have the case on your person, then most of us would be happy when the case wasn’t bulky.

Brillendampfer by Anne Lang offers just that. A robust, protective case that folds flat.

It’s that simple.

Brillendampfer by Anne Lang Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin Rundgang 2014

Brillendampfer by Anne Lang, as seen at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin Rundgang 2014

Biohocker by Wanru Zhao

Despite the undeniable fact that organic waste, much like taxes and dentists, will continue to exist in our future world regardless of how far society advances, until now the potential of using compostable waste as a material in product design has been, as far as we can ascertain, relatively under researched. Realised in context of the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin’s Greenlab research project Wanru Zhao’s Biohocker explores the possibility of using compostable materials as the basis for a stool. Clearly the stool itself isn’t the project, but the material research. And that we find is important, interesting and certainly something worthy of further investigation.

Biohocker by Wanru Zhao Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin Rundgang 2014

Biohocker by Wanru Zhao, as seen at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin Rundgang 2014

S.Rack by Heinrich Kerth

Good music deserves to be stored with respect. Such as in Heinrich Kerth’s S.Rack record holder. A single piece of bent steel wire, S.Rack is not only a deliciously simple piece of design, but an object which adds an elegance and sense of wonder to any record collection. Just delightful.

S.Rack by Heinrich Kerth Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin Rundgang 2014

S.Rack by Heinrich Kerth, as seen at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin Rundgang 2014

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