Marken mit langer Tradition finden Sie neben jungen Designerlabeln und Herstellern die Sie vielleicht noch nie im Designbereich wahrgenommen haben. In der heutigen Warenwelt steht eine Marke für mehr oder weniger gerechtfertigtes Vertrauen der Verbraucher in Proportion zum Marketingbudget. Formost spricht lieber vom Gebrauch und wirklich gerechtfertigten Vertrauen und prüft seine Hersteller intensiv. Sollten Sie unser Siegel "gute Ware" bei einem Produkt finden, handelt es sich um ein Markenprodukt nach unserem Geschmack.

dessau design

dessau design
dessau design ist ein kleines, feines Studio für Design und Architektur in Berlin

Gemeinsam gestalten Roswitha Büchting als Designerin und Lydia Kaiser als Architektin Objekte und Möbel mit dem dazugehörigen Interior. Das Motto ihres Labels ist: Mobility for Living – Leichtigkeit im Alltag mit Objekten von hoher Qualität und unaufdringlicher Eleganz – inspiriert vom klassischen Bauhaus.  

Die enge Kooperation mit regionalen Unternehmen, vom Entwurf bis zur Ausführung gehört zum Konzept von dessau design. Ihr zweiter Schwerpunkt ist Kommunikationsdesign.

Mit ihrer Rückkehr zu Bescheidenheit und der Reduktion auf das Wesentliche, entwickelt  dessau design Objekte, die bis zur Serienfertigung bei regionalen und europäischen Partnerfirmen begleitet werden. Sie gehen mit Materialien sparsam um, bevorzugen nachwachsende Rohstoffe, fördern kreative Arbeit und achten auf kurze Transportwege.

Das Ziel ihres Gestaltungsprozess ist ein Haus, und nichts darin ist überflüssig. Damit nimmt dessau design den ganzheitlichen Ansatz des klassischen Bauhauses auf und interpretiert ihn neu für die Anforderungen und Lebensart des 21. Jahrhundert.

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Tools & Craft #8: Rapidly Deployable Lifestyles, Built With Your Own Hands

Those of you that went to ID school learned to make things with your hands. For those of you that didn't, or for those of you that did and miss having access to a full shop, this post is about simple furniture that can be easily built—even if you only have very basic tools.

Remember that the path to craft is multifaceted, as is the satisfaction of making something useful with your own hands. Don't let a lack of equipment or instruction stop you, and don't be intimidated by what you see master craftspeople doing. While you can have loads of fun and satisfaction learning fine woodworking, it's also gratifying to make utilitarian stuff quickly and easily.

Summertime provides a great excuse for this latter bit. Here's why.

Every year thousands of people, including some friends of mine, go off to Burning Man in the Nevada desert. They come every year, build a city, enjoy the event, and then take the city apart, leaving no trace. Before they depart, tons of furniture will have been quickly built using plans from an organization called Playatech.

Playatech's motto is "Better living through art" and their catchphrase is "Rapidly deployable lifestyles." To those ends, the company sells plans (ranging from free, to $5, to $10, to $35 for their most elaborate) for simple knockdown furniture that you cut out of plywood and slot together with no fasteners; it's "a complete line of DIY period furniture for the 21st Century maker," in their words. 

Here's a link to some of their chairs. They're easy to build, clever, modern-looking, and while they may not be as elegant as a Windsor chair—which was designed for mass production using hand tools—they beat the pants off of sitting on the floor.

These are all great summer projects where you can quickly get something made for yourself, your kids, gifts for your friends, your summer bungalow (if you have one, I don't), or as a flatpack project you can easily transport to the beach or a cookout. And painting them can be a fun outdoor project. So go ahead. Make some stuff and have fun!

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Sunglasses Made from Recycled CDs and DVDs

While zero-waste pioneer Lauren Singer lives a trash-free existence, billions more of us are littering the planet with our waste. Architect Arthur Huang's Miniwiz design company is tackling that problem, by seeking to develop products built primarily from trash.

We last looked in on Miniwiz in 2012, and were pleased to see they're still going strong. Operating under the motto "It's wise to minimize," the company has continued to practice their "urban mining"—that's trawling through their home city of Taipei for waste—and turning trash into cash with products like the following:

Miniwiz's RE-view is a pair of sunglasses made from a polymer-like material created by combining agricultural waste (fibers made from rice husks) with recycled CDs and DVDs. Even the case it comes with, which resembles a McDonald's apple pie package, is made from 100% recycled polypropylene. In a nice ergonomic touch, the form factor of the case is meant to be compressed flat and tucked into a pocket when the glasses are on your face, and can be "popped" back into shape when it's needed again.

Their Eco-Morph Shelf System isn't 100% made from trash, but uses a surprising combination of materials to create a modular shelving system that the end user can assemble themselves. The heart of the system is a series of extruded connectors made from recycled aluminum; into these connectors the end user slides panels made from recycled CDs and DVDs, as with the sunglasses, and these panels can be edged or faced with FSC-certified Teak or Mahogany veneers for a warmer look. LED lighting can be integrated between the connectors.

Miniwiz has developed proprietary techniques for reprocessing recycled materials, enabling them to make the RE-view sunglasses softer and more flexible than a competitor could using the same base material of recycled CDs and DVDs. These guys have the science down. Where they could use a little help is in their marketing. For example, take a look at their Re-Wine Classic product:

While it's admirable that the product is made from 100% recyclable items—recycled thermoplastics and rice husk fibers—this one had me scratching my head a bit; is there a demand for a product used to shuttle single wine bottles from one location to another? It seems to me this would have the greatest impact if they could replace the wine boxes the vineyards use for shipping, but that might be a bridge too far in terms of packaging efficiency and palletization.

Still, Miniwiz is an innovative company with a bold mission, and we'd all be better off if there were more companies like them. The World Economic Forum apparently agrees: This month the WEF gave Miniwiz their 2015 Technology Pioneer Award.

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