+++ The winners are: Jólan van der Wiel for Gravity Stool, chmara.rosinke for Mobile Hospitality and Larissa Müller & Svenja Keune for Emotional Dialogue. "Yesterday Today Tomorrow" of Lund University - School of Industrial Design has been awarded for the best presentation of a design school! Congratulations! +++
In cooperation with the Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin, DMY annually honors innovative approaches and projects taken by the festival’s participants. An international jury reviewed the entries to DMY from over 500 designers and 30 countries. From this promising group, the jury made a preliminary selection of ten projects that they deemed especially well-conceptualized and realized. During the festival, jury members Jurgen Bey (Studio Makkink&Bey), Jerszy Seymour (Jerszy Seymour Design Workshop), Werner Aisslinger (Studio Aisslinger) and Dr. Annemarie Jaeggi (Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin) will also have the opportunity to further nominate particularly well-presented works that they encounter on-site at the exhibition.
In this year’s competition, the jury selection focused on acknowledging design that distinguishes itself not only through formal ingenuity, but that also openes up new avenues for critical engagement with social and spatial interaction. Many of the selected works are designs that open up processes and spaces for collective interactivity.
FARMER’S CREATIVITY — AGRI–EXPO YUNLIN, TAIWAN
Taiwan is founded on agriculture. Yunlin is the largest agricultural county in Taiwan. We aim to create a living attitude – and our work speaks to the idea of creating means of simple and easy living. The exhibition will not only present an overview of the creative agriculture of Yunlin, but also serve as a platform to communicate with designers from all over the world, some of whom ›Agri-expo Yunlin‹ will invite to join the »2013 Yunlin International Agriculture Festival«. Through this exhibition, we try to share Yunlin’s culture of simple living atmosphere with the world, encouraging people to investigate and reflect on the meaning and potential of rural life. At the opening, Farmer's Creativity will have present a puppet show.
ROCKWELL GROUP — IMAGINATION PLAYGROUND
Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space concept designed by U.S. architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground empowers children to manipulate the space around them and design their own course of play. Comprised of an assortment of movable objects, including biodegradable foam blocks in 15 uniquely designed shapes, Imagination Playground offers an easy-to-install alternative for creative play in almost any indoor or outdoor setting.
HANEMAAI — FUTURE TRAVELS
Hanemaai presents »Future Travels«: two products that bring the freedom and adventure of travelling into our daily lives. ›My Infinite Home Tool‹ are two portable objects for storage that have the double function of a suitcase and a show display. They transport what you need and show what you are proud of. ›Stretch out – Home Wear‹ is an indoor-tent-kit, that gives users the opportunity to create a personal micro space wherever and whenever they want. Build up the tent, plug in the light cable and become a guerrilla camper in your own home.
LUND UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN — YESTERDAY TODAY TOMORROW
Lund University School of Industrial Design is participating at DMY 2012 with a selection of projects that address the theme ›Yesterday Today Tomorrow‹. Designs include prototypes for a human powered washing machine, a communal kitchen, and a food storage unit.
SVENJA KEUNE & LARISSA MÜLLER — EMOTIONAL DIALOGUE – INTERACTIVE TEXTILE SURFACES
Svenja Keune (Textile Design MA) and Larissa Müller (Computer Science MA) are developing communicative textile surfaces. The cue is the use of nonverbal communication, the interaction with the surfaces is based on the body and the user’s emotions. For their research, Svenja Keune and Larissa Müller are using a software developed by the Fraunhofer Institute, which recognizes facial expressions. Adapted and expanded, this software will be used to allow communication between human and surface.
ATELIER YEA-YEA — FROM THIS TO THESE – PROGRESSIVE COPYING
Inspiration can come in many forms. For Niko, it came with a picture of an ancient Buddhist drum from Japan that she encountered in a book. This spar- ked a quest to take the drum’s core characteristics such as its shape, decorative patterns and its context, and use them to explore endless new possibilities. The resultant project ›From This to These: Progressive Copying‹ reinterprets the same artifact in countless different ways - that all eventually lead to a fictional picnic set. Despite the many imaginative transformations, all the designs still evoke the same age-old, ritualistic aura of the original drum.
JÓLAN VAN DER WIEL — GRAVITY STOOL
Departing from the idea that everything is necessarily influenced by gravity, a force that exerts a powerful shaping effect, Jólan van der Wiel intended to manipulate this natural phenomenon by exploiting the force underlying its own power: magnetism. The positioning of the magnetic fields in the machine, in opposition to one another, determines the final shape of the Gravity Stool. Jólan’s products are characterized by their freakish and organic shapes, forms that are in fact so typical of nature itself.
EXCELLENT ELEPHANT — THE REDEFINITION OF EVERYDAY OBJECTS
Excellent Elephant redesigns objects that we use on a daily basis from the vantage point of new, unfamiliar perspectives. The user is challenged to question received interpretations and may rediscover objects that he has grown indifferent to.
This concept was developed within the program »Product Design« at the Bauhaus University in Weimar.
CHMARA.ROSINKE — MOBILE GASTFREUNDSCHAFT
This project attends to an important aspect of the design work of chmara.rosinke: responsibility and (self)-initiative in public space. The object set, consisting of a mobile kitchen, table and stools, is very clear and distinct in its formal language and is accentuated by the colors of the DIY store accessories. The objects are made out of massive wood and embellished with additional functions, like a foot pump for running water or pots for growing spices. An important further aim is to communicate the sensuality of dining and cooking outdoors.
ANDREA BRENA — KNITTED ARMY
Andrea Brena tries to enhance the attachment that users can have with a product by making them play a larger role in the making of it. Knitted army was born from the idea of using no tools and an easy technique that anyone can learn in a few minutes: arm knitting. Knitting leftover fabric strips with your arms allows one to easily create the cover of a seat which can be filled with more leftover material. The designer provokes and challenges the user to take the material out of his ottomans, encouraging the user to retrace the steps of the creative, making process.