A flexible visual and acoustical compartmentalization system for open office spaces, co-working spaces, and university libraries.

 

 

Today more and more people work in open spaces, because it improves communication and allow for more flexibility in using the space.
New forms of shared work space like co-working, in which freelancers can rent a desk at flexible conditions, had spread throughout europe. Rooms used as co-working space are often old industrial halls. These spaces usually have only basic renovations and acoustical improvements. But not only bad acoustics disturb the work flow, but our visual surroundings as well. In times in which we are bombarded with visual stimuli and office work consists a lot of communication the more it becomes important that retreat areas exist.
"Denk mal" creates a room within a room. You can encase yourself in a flexible skein from your surrounding to concentrate on important things. Especially in its flexibility and because it does not occupy any alternate space it meets the requirements for office spaces. The material absorbs sound independent at what height "Denk mal" hangs. If "Denk mal" hangs overhead it improves the general room acoustics, if pulled down it offers a retreat area and damps the own voice.

 

First prototype built with acoustic materials which is hung from the ceiling. To make the circle flexible but allow it to maintain its shape, thin carbon sticks are woven into the felt. A zipper lock at one side makes it possible to dismantle for transportation or storage.

 

 

My solution for acoustic problems in open office spaces generated a big media response. To read the article click on each image:

 

Flexible lightning for wall or table.

 

 

Wooden chair with a metal connector for back rest. This chair is based on the "Sagastolen" chair from Swedish designer Bruno Matthsson. The challenge was to design a new chair which integrates the main characteristics of the chair that was developed in 1980. This was one of my projects when I was at the Stockholm based design studio No Picnic.

 

 

This scissor series was designed for the manufactury "Scheren Paul", founded in 1886. The sinuous curves of the scissors were inspired by traditional calligraphy. The inner surfaces of the handle are ergonomically designed and the fillet between the blades consists of a smooth radius for the forefinger. Characteristic for these scissor series is also the contrast between the precision-sharp blades and the voluptuous, soft handles. Unique to my design is that all scissors sizes have one small and one large handle hole, an unusual feature for small scissors. The mold is symmetrical and can be used to fabricate left-handed scissors as well.

produced by SCHEREN PAUL

2010 RED DOT

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

Inspired by an airplane wing, this door handle achieves both lightness and ergonomic comfort. Frontally the form is defined by a puristic linearity that subordinates itself to the architecture. From the top it looks voluminous and invites the hand to use it. The surface is distinguished by the contrast of smooth and sharp radii, which help fulfill the four ergonomic principles of grasping: 1. thumb stop 2. index finger rest 3. support for the palm 4. volume. The door handle is intended to be manufactured out of aluminum, Stainless steel and colored aluminium.

together with Andreas Schöller

 

 

 

 

Specially designed for the Sauerbruch Hutton architecture office.
Design and construction of exhibition system for architectural renderings and plans. The system needed to be flexible, movable, easy to use, and take up as little space as possible when stored. The system also had to be elevator compatible. When folded together, it is only 30 mm thick. When opened, the front plate swings out at a 20 degree angle for optimal viewing.

 

 

Idea for recycling used offsetprinting plates.

 

 

 

 

Concept of a coffee machine for the Tassimo serie for Bosch Haushaltsgeräte.

 

The wardrobe stand contains 10 metal hangers which are stacked along a 190 cm tube. Each hanger can be set in a different direction. Once they are in place, a screw on top fixes the position. The hangers are reminiscent of leafs. They are wide enough to allow coats to be hung without creating the characteristic "dimples" that can ruin a jacket when hung over a nail or thin pin. Another benefit is that keys and other small loose objects can be placed on the elegant leaf-shaped hangers.

 

 

 

 

 

This hanging kitchen lamp is one of my earlier projects. It was made before the 100 Watt electric bulb were discontinued and was designed to utilize the heat of the bulb to produce yoghurt. It's possible to put milk in the glass with one spoon of yoghurt bacteria cultures. After only 45 minutes, yoghurt begins to the develop. The 45°C temperature of the bulb is the perfect environment for the yoghurt bacteria to proliferate.

 

 

Developed for the Bayer Vision works award. A new kind of warning triangle. A cartridge that fits in every glove compartment contains a tubular textile case. By the push of a button, two different components react chemically and turn into a glowing foam. While foaming up, the case takes the shape of a tetrahedron which can easily be seen from a distance. A feature could be that the foam is made out of biodegradable components so that if forgotten on the streets it disappears by itself.

 

 

 

 

2nd price in the Bayer Vision works award. This is how speed monitoring will become superfluous: Sleeping policeman is based on an interactive feedback system between street and driver. An elastic, deformable barrier is embedded in the street. Its hardness adapts to the respective impact velocity. If approached slowly at an appropriate speed, the barrier yields and can be passed without being noticed. If a vehicle is too fast the material structure hardens. The consequence: A distinctly perceptible jolt for both driver and vehicle. The jury`s verdict: "sleeping policeman takes existing systems to the next level in a technically quite elaborate way. The design is more of a concept than an actual "blueprint", an intellectual exercise requiring materials that have yet to be developed."

 

 

 

Also interested in jewelery making, I developed together with Robert Korn these series of rings. They are made with a neodymium magnet inside which pulls them together.