The office mareike gast is an office for industrial design with a special focus on new materials and technologies.
I firmly believe that the material- and technology strategy should play a key role from the very beginning when developing innovative and fascinating products. It is my aim to create a bridge between scientific research and development and industrial design.



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Mareike Gast studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in Industrial Design in 2005.
During her studies she passed internships with paper designer Eriko Horiki (Japan), the wind-up-radio company Freeplay (South Africa), Vogt+Weizenegger (Berlin) and Carmeq / subsidary of Volkswagen (Berlin). From 2006 to 2010 she worked as a freelancer inter alia for Nicola Stattmann (Frankfurt), responsible for many product developments.
Since 2011 she runs her own office with an emphasis on new materials and technologies.

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Mareike Gast
Industrial Design

Elbestr. 10 HH
basis frankfurt
60329 Frankfurt am Main
mareike (at) mareikegast.de

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11/2013
Publication 'smart technology - new design'
showing all exhibits from the special exhibition at the Designers' Open 2013 (see below)

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Photo: Benjamin Orgis

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buy the book here for 15€ >

Publisher: Leipziger Messe GmbH
Photos: Benjamin Orgis
Graphic Design: Pixelgarten

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10/2013
Designers' Open Leipzig / curator of the conference and special exhibition 'smart technology - new design'
This year's special exhibition with more then hundred inspiring, specialised and often unique exhibits from international research institutes, companies and designers gives an overview on current technological developments from the topics Manifold Foldings, Digital Fabricators and 3D Spraying – as a starting point for an innovative product development and in order to stimulate the exchange between designers and material and technology scientists.

Manifold Foldings: Industrial foldings for complex applications
Digital Fabricators: The future of digital production using printers and robots
3D-Spraying: From sprayed 3D geometries to highly functional sprayable surfaces


Photo: Matthias Ritzmann / Designers' Open 2013

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Self-Folding Robots by Harvard University / MIT / Michael Tolley
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Photo: Benjamin Orgis


Generatively Encapsuled EL-Light by Fraunhofer IPA, Steve Rommel:
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Photo: Benjamin Orgis

Digitally Printed 'Superfood' with Micro Algae by Marin Sawa
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Photo: Benjamin Orgis


Sprayed-On Bacteria Repair Concrete Cracks by TU Delft / Henk Jonkers
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Photo: Benjamin Orgis

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visit the DO website >
see the conference programme >
download the special exhibition flyer >

The exhibition was hosted by Leipziger Messe GmbH, supported by an interdisciplinary student team of HTWK Leipzig and financed by Leipziger Stiftung für Innovation und Technologietransfer.

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2012
Interaction studies based on product concepts for printed organic electronics
Polytronics – printed organic electronics is a forward-looking field of research and an advanced cutting edge technology. It represents an entire new way of electronics. It ultimately results in qualities such as ultra-thin, flexible, foldable and allows new interaction principles. So far mass production is still in its infancy.
This study aims to identify and highlight the immanent potentials of the technology and its materials for product interaction. In the area of technology research the study offers the opportunity to focus on human centered and market related questions in order to develop answers accordingly.




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Paperweight - letter scales
Through the flexibility of the substrates and printed strain gauges combined with a a numeric display a letter scales is created..

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Snooze – alarm clock
As the entire alarm clock becomes a snooze-switch – the whole product turns into one interface to interact with.

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Calc – calculator
The good old-fashioned calculator – reinterpreted. A two-dimensonal paper-like substrate turns into a 2½-dimensional calculator forming a haptic numeric pad with a tactile response.

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Time – wall clock
A big wall clock – made of ultra thin flexible tiles – turns into an unobtrusive and playful dedicated display.

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Dim – folded light
Due to the inherent properties of the technology and the materials used, hand-shaped electronics becomes possible. Through folding and bending delicate lighting comes into existence, based on traditional shapes yet reinterpreted.

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One Crease – folded bedside lamp
Ultimately the lamp becomes sculptured lighting.

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Input and output – a touch screen and a display, the basic components of interaction develop into lightweight, flexible and economic devices through the use of printed organic electronics.

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In cooperation with:
ma ma interactive system design: Stefan Karp
TU Chemnitz Digital Printing and Imaging Technology – Jens Hammerschmidt
Fraunhofer IAP – Danny Krautz
TU Chemnitz Department of Marketing – Dr. Kerstin Klaus

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2012/2013
Xonox Technology GmbH / material concept and design for interferometer lenses and a smart case
in collaboration with the office ma ma interactive system design:
analysis & evaluation, concept, consulting & design management, user experience design, product design, technical realization / management


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10/2012
Designers' Open Leipzig / curator of the conference and special exhibition 'smart technology - new design'
After the successfull conference and special exhibition at DO/Industry 2011 we are going into a second round. This year's topics were natureTEC, ENERGetic and inMOTION: Growing mobility and an increase in energy demands with diminishing resources mean that designers are facing stirring challenges.


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inMOTION // In a world that is always moving faster, the demand for mobility constantly increases. But how much mobility does a human being really need? Where does our constant need for mobility throughout the world come from? And how can we assuage it today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow? inMOTION takes a look at new technological possibilities for the design of intelligent systems of mobile data, mobile areas and environments and products meant for a mobile society.

ENERGetic // Where does our energy come from? And why do we need it? What does real alternative production and clean use of energy look like? In the future, will we remain dependent on determined power networks or will we be able to supply ourselves? ENERGetic spotlights self-sufficient production processes and products as well as their utilisation, explores design possibilities, looks into new approaches instead of energy sources for the masses, and discusses the potential of new energy sources such as algae.

natureTEC // We make bread with yeast-bacteria and wash our clothes with enzymes, but nature has so much more to offer. What would products created by microbes, glowing through movement or self-producing their energy, look like? What happens when natural movements and transformations serve as a manufacturing process and a means of design? natureTEC examines nature carefully as a provider, model and producer. Focus will be made on themes such as evolutionary and bionic principles, renewable resources, self-production, self-repair and self-destruction.

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Photo: Matthias Ritzmann / Designers' Open 2012
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Photo: Matthias Ritzmann / Designers' Open 2012
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Photo: Matthias Ritzmann / Designers' Open 2012
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Photo: Matthias Ritzmann / Designers' Open 2012

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2011/2012
Material and Technology Concept for a Textile Fassade / Textilmanufaktur Halle / Burg Giebichenstein Halle
concept and research of yarns and textile technologies for an individual fassade design / showing their different design potential

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PES Yarn by FR Safety Yarns



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The historic Textilmanufaktur is moving into a new building - back to its old site and origin: the design school Burg Giebichenstein. For the fassade design and a sun shield the idea evolved to create a custom-made textile. This would not only turn the inside of the building outside and give the Textilmanufaktur a unique and particular appearance but also shift the Textilmanufaktur‘s tradition of handmade textile art into forward-looking technical textiles, which however retain their artistic quality.
In order to make this possible I developed a concept for suitable materials and technologies. The research focussed firstly on technical aspects such as UV-, weather, tear- and fire resistance. The second practical parameter was the feasibility despite small quantities and customisation. The third – of course – the broad design-ability transferred from other textile industries. The results reach from PTFE and coloured glass fibres to fire-resistant and tensile PES yarns in combination with 3D-knitting, multi-axial technology, leno weave, warp knitting and hand weaving.
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warp knitting samples


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material and technology concept book with sample box



Textile design and textile art students developed in a week‘s workshop first ideas based on this research. In a competition 5 designs were selected. The realisation of a prototype is the next step.

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by Robert Filipski


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by Robert Filipski



winning entry by textil art student Robert Filipski

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10/2011
Designers' Open Leipzig / curator of the conference and special exhibition 'smart materials - new design'
showing more than 100 samples of new materials and technologies from the fields of functional textiles, lightweight materials and organic printed electronics




Designers' Open 2011, DO/Industry from Jan Hartmann on Vimeo.

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Photo: Matthias Ritzmann / Designers' Open 2011
Photo: Matthias Ritzmann / Designers' Open 2011

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01/2011
opening office mareike gast
current projects are confidential during development but will be shown here soon

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4/2006-12/2010
work as a freelance product designer at Nicola Stattmann:
collaboration in the following projects:

2008-2010
Bauerfeind / Development of the innovative insole ErgoPad weightflex
For the renowned manufacturer of medical products Bauerfeind a long-time development led to the innovative insole ErgoPad weightflex. Using complex tooling orthotic cores are manufactured with variable stiffness thanks to the implemented weightflex-X. Therefore the insoles are adaptable to different body weights and shoes with higher heels.

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The two-component injection moulding with specially modified materials allows a high range of variations for individual foot conditions despite the automation of the manufacturing process.
Visually the product communicates its high quality and complex functionality and thereby appeals to not only the orthopaedic technician but also the enduser. The insoles evolve from medical supplies to a elegant premium must-have.
The development process was supported creatively and intensely from the first idea to the serial production.
for and with Nicola Stattmann



Video by Bauerfeind

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2006-2009
Volkswagen AG / Concepts for Future Car Engineering
research of new materials and technologies / lightweight construction, integration of functions, reduction of components, energy efficiency / discussion and substantiation with international researchers and institutions / development of two technology concepts / roadmap

2009
Book: UNFOLDED Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry

editorial staff of the material and technology section based on the exhibition PaperLab

2008-2010
Bauerfeind / Development of Orthopedic Shoe Insoles and Diabetic Shoes
development and design of new products in the field of foot orthoses / use of the latest technologies and materials

2009
Wilkhahn / Material Concept for Chair Chassis

2008
Samsung Design Europe / New Materials / Technologies for Mobile Phones
development of compendium of future technologies and material srelevant for mobile phones / smart and lightweight materials – with a minimum of ecological harm, less size, less weight, less energy consumption combined with more capabilities / development of concepts, which demonstrate these material-technology-combinations and their possible effect on form, function and aesthetics to communicate the potential innovation

2007
PaperLab - Funtional Paper for 3d Products / Special Exhibition on The Design Annual
100 exhibits of high-tech paper and paper technologies for lightweight constructions with integrated functions in product design and architecture / including foamed, ceramic, robot-folded and injection moulded paper

2007-2008
Merten / Schneider Electric / New Materials for Switches and Sockets
development of a material- and technology-strategy / combination of several materials in one collection / finding an overall material language and aesthetics

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2005
Broken Shelves
the new structure that appears through the broken shelves gives space to differently sized books and allow them to lean. one element provides a place to sit and read inside the shelves.

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material: black mdf, oiled / steel t-profile frame, powdercoated






the shelves are constructed like a sandwich, made of two steel frames consisting of t-profiles and grooved black mdf inbetween. the construction allows a very easy assembly and the transportation as a flatpack, which reduces the size to a third.


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2005
Refugee Radio
an energy-autarkic radio

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in areas, where no electricity is available, communication over long distances is by far more difficult. especially in refugee camps reliable information is difficult to obtain.
for such a context I have designed the refugee radio. it is energy-atarkic since it is run by the radio-waves themselves. the necessary technology is cheap, very reliable and relatively environmentally friendly.
I gave consideration to the adaptability to different situation and the cultural context: the radio works in its paper packaging, but can be adpated in the long run by replacing the cover with different materials.

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2005
Radiator Seat

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who does not like to sit near the radiator on cold winter days? this radiator is the updated version of a tile stove which is possible due to modern low temperatur heatings. it is especcialy useful in long cold school corridors during break time.

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Cabinet+
a cabinet made of larch with an overhanging compartment. this does not only make the cabinet special but also useful in order to hide away bulky stuff. the cabinet can be disassembled for transportation easily.

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11/2013
Iceland Academy of the Arts / Teaching the Seminar in Industrial Design: Biocomposite Stools
experimental workshop using selfmade bioplastic + natural fibers

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During the two-weeks experimental workshop the students gained an insight in the potentials of bio-composites. They created extremely lightweight stools by weaving, knitting, braiding, crocheting and folding natural textiles, yarns or fibers and coating them with self-made bioplastic.

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knitted stool bionically inspired by Radiolaria sceletons consolidated with bioplastic by Hrefna Sigurdardottir + Indre Bylaite (still in the drying process)

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folded woolen stool consolidated with bioplastic by Audur Akadottir + Birta Ros Brynjolfsdottir

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interlocking folds made of hemp + cotton + bioplastic by Kristin Sigudardottir + Geir Konrad

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paper stool consolidated with bioplastic by Emilia Björg Sigurdardottir + Vedis Palsdottir

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04-10/2013
HTWK Leipzig / Teaching the interdiscipliary student group from the departments museology, business science and architecture
developing an exhibition architecture, communication concept as well as a marketing strategy for the exhibition 'smart technology – new design' for the Designers' Open 2013

supported by the Leipziger Stiftung für Innovation und Technologietransfer

o architectural model for exhibition architecture of the special exhibition 'smart technology – new design'

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04-7/2013
Academy of Visual Arts Frankfurt / Teaching the Seminar: Adaptive Surfaces with Flexible Organic Electronics
The results were presented on the conference "Printing Future Days" and published in the accompanying book "Printed Electronics meet Design".

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Project N'RUN by Jennifer Neumann and Benjamin Appel – almost immaterial sport devices for runners.

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Project VISIBLIZER by Jennifer Salize and Nora Fischer – an interative city guide giving the user views behind facades.

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09/2012
Iceland Academy of the Arts / Teaching the Seminar in Industrial Design: biocomposite stools
experimental workshop using selfmade bioplastic + natural textiles


by Harpa Hrund Palsdottir and Elsa Dagny Asgeirsdottir

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During the two-weeks experimental workshop the students gained an insight in the potentials of bio-composites. They created extremely lightweight stools by weaving, knitting, braiding, crocheting and folding natural textiles, yarns or fibers and coating them with self-made bioplastic..

winded stool by Elisabet Kristin Oddsdottir and Kristin Klara Gretarsdottir





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04/2012
University of Applied Sciences Augsburg / Teaching the Seminar „UPCYCLING“
faculty architecture and civil engineering / Master E2D Energy Efficient Design

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biwak locally grown with mycelium fungus on waste from the forest industry by Anja Heberle, Corinna Geiger, Jana Euteneuer



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the workshop aimed at small architectural concepts by upcycling left-overs, waste and used materials. making use of just one process step product like dwellings derived – with a completey new aesthetics
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outdoor shower made of recycled cork for its antibacterial qualities by Ina Asmussen, Anita Dirmeier, Therese Schmid



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bike rack made of used packing straps with winding by Andreas Rottmaier, Sebastian Merkl, Philipp Mayer, Johannes Harkness



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10/2011
TU Darmstadt / workshop to develop product concepts for short term printed organic electronics
within the seminar "profitability analysis of organic electronics in niche markets" with industrial engineer students

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09/2011
Iceland Academy of the Arts / Teaching the Seminar in Industrial Design: BIOBOWLS
experimental workshop using selfmade bioplastic

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During the three weeks workshop the first year students experimented with selfmade bioplastic using and inventing various recipes. Taking the simple bowl shape as a starting point they molded, pressed, baked or reinforced the plastic with flakes, wool, different threads, made sheets to use in origami foldings and loads more. These experiments led to three great concepts:




Picknick Basket: reinforced bioplastic with woven/knitted cotton or woolen thread
by Búi Bjamar A∂alsteinson, Sigrí∂ur Halla Gu∂mundsdóttir and Ingvar Björn Þorsteinsson


Rose Seed 'Bomb': special soil and nutricious bioplastic to grow a rose first inside and then plant it outside
by Kristín Gu∂mundsdóttir, Sigurjón Axelsson and Katrín Magnúsdóttir


Rabbit House: building puzzle made with rabbit food to take a bite from
by Björk Gunnbjörnsdóttir, Ágústa Sveinsdóttir and Thelma Hrund Benediktsdóttir

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4-7/2011
Visiting Professor Industrial Design / Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle
Project: POLYTRONICS / Electronic, Autarkic Products - Printed like a Newspaper
presented on the LOPE-C 2011 in Frankfurt

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Organic electronics, being one of the most promising fields in material and technology research, are especially interesting for industrial designers since their new possibilities will not just change the products but also their handling, interaction and service completely. In Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, where Halle is located, great research activities in the field of organic electronics are taking place. Visiting several companies and institutes around Halle was the starting point of this project.
Having gained an insight in the current developments but also in the developments to be expected within the next years, the students were asked to develop and design ultra-lightweight, energy-autarkic, mobile and forward-looking products which make use of printed, organic electronics in their broadest sense.
Hereby questions arose, like: Does a cheap technology like printing necessarily produce cheap disposables or how do printed high-end products look like? Can a flexible substrate like paper or foil with organic electronics be shaped with traditional methods and what is the result of that contrast? How does the user interact with flexible electronics? What if printed organic electronics are recyclable or bio-degradable? How do products function and look like that are custom-printed?

Here the complete results in a pdf >


The results were presented in the Poster Session on the LOPE-C, Large-area, Organic and Printed Electronics Convention, in Franfurt 06/2011:




students discussing their ideas with scientists

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2010
University of Applied Sciences Augsburg / Teaching the Seminar „Smart Materials“
faculty architecture and civil engineering / Master E2D Energy Efficient Design / with the prospect of the participation at the international competition Decathlon Madrid 2012 for plus-energy houses

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Walburga Quittel, Natalia Wiebe: circus with 2d/3d embroidered functional yarns



Beate Popfinger, Cordula Bayer: mobile, energy autarkic ice-cream stand using printed funtionality on EAP foil, which folds like Origami



Olga Batt, Stephanie Müller: extruded open-plan chicken house from clay and

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2010
Iceland Academy of the Arts / Teaching the Seminar Product Design: The Icelandic Forest
innovative and sustainable wooden materials and technologies


brainstorming session: drawing with twigs

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2009/2010
AVA / Academy of Visual Arts Frankfurt / Teaching the Semester Project Product Design: Rotational Moulding
in collaboration with Hannes Felber and Nicola Stattmann

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self-made rotational moulding machine


Moritz Heller: hot water bottle

Florian Schweitzer: shower gel container that can be fixed to the tiles

Anja Neidhardt: watering-can for elderly people

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2009
Hessen Design / Giving the Workshop for Children „Ready, Steady, Design! Children Design“
in collaboration with Hannes Felber

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2008
Iceland Academy of the Arts / Teaching the Seminar Product Design: Sustainability
introduction seminar on production processes and materials with the focus on sustainability: integration of functions, component reduction, lightweight construction, biomaterials, biomimicry, bionics

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10/2013
die form: Article on Material Research
Handwerk und Hightech – Man and Machine

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10/2013
Symposion “Displaying Futures“ by Merck
"Adaptable, Elastic, Resilient – printed electronics for future displays – a workshop"
talk about design processes, ideation and creativity together with Stefan Karp

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10/2013
Article in “Displaying Futures – Ubiquitous Interaction“ by Antonia Henschel for Merck
Flexible, mallaeable, multi-colored, edible, cheap? Environmentally friendly! What was once science fiction is now everyday life – printed organic electronics


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Publisher: Trademark Publishing

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10/2013
Bayer Materialscience Speed Talk on the K2013:
Speed Talk about: "Design meets Science – Creating Visions Together for Tomorrow"

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Photo: Bayer MaterialScience

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10/2013
die form: Article on Material Research
Advanced Origami – Self-Folding Structures

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10/2013
Printing Future Days / TU Chemnitz
Organisation Committee, Jury and Chair
For the very first time a dedicated session "Printing Future Days Design" was held during which students from the Bauhaus University Weimar, Academy of Visual Arts Frankfurt/Main, and Dresden University presented a joint approach to new product ideas for „Printed Electronics“.

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08/2013
die form: Article on Material Research
Biomineralisation – Bauen wie die Natur und mit der Natur

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06/2013
die form: Article on Material Research
Printed Organic Electronics
(Dünn, Flexibel, Bunt, Transparent)

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04/2013
Publication in the book 'Seemless Transitions' in the series 'displaying futures' by Sign Kommunikation
of the project 'POLYTRONICS / Electronic, Autarkic Products – Printed like a Newspaper' for the Burg Giebichenstein Halle
in the article 'We are surrounded – When computers seemingly disappear and things learn to think' by Luzia Kälin and Didier Knösel


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04/2013
die form: Article on Material Research
Our Textile Futures
(Die Suche nach der textilen Zukunft)

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04/2013
EMPA, Schweiz
talk: "Future Visions with New Materials and Technologies from a Designer‘s Perspective"

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02/2013
die form: Article on Material Research
Pump It Up
(Pneumatische Textilien)

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12/2012
die form: Article on Material Research
Green Polystyrene
(Partikelschaum – ultraleicht und jetzt auch grün)

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11/2012
Medientechnisches Kolloquium TU Chemnitz pmTUC:
talk: Design + Research = Cross Innovation

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11/2012
Innovationswerkstatt Wirtschaft in Dresden: Surfaces
talk: Functional Surface – Innovative Surface Materials and Technologies from a Designer's Point of View
> link to HighTech Startbahn Netzwerk

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10/2012
die form: Article on Material Research
Intelligent Fabrics, E-Broidery, Energy Skins
(In neuem Gewand)

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09/2012
Hessen Nanotech: Materialien für Neue Energien
talk: Polytronics – printed, organic electronics for autarkic future products

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09/2012
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle
Jury: GiebichenStein Designpreis

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09/2012
Iceland Academy of the Arts
lecture on: Tomorrow's Materials - from Today's Waste

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08/2012
die form: Article on Material Research
Upcycling: From Crab Shells to Orange Skins


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07/2012
Smart Materials for Design and Architecture / red dot design museum Essen
talk: POLYTRONICS – Electronic, Autarkic Products - Printed like a Newspaper
visit the website >

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11/2011
Printing Future Days / Technical University Chemnitz
poster session chair and lecture: Polytronics: Thin, flexible, colourful, transparent, foldable - the potentials of printed organic electronics from a designer's point of view



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09/2011
Hönnunarmiðstöð Íslands / Iceland Design Center
lecture: Polytronics: Thin, flexible, colourful, transparent, foldable - the potentials of printed organic electronics from a designer's point of view

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08/2011
Museum of Communication, Frankfurt / Berlin
refugee radion in the exhibition: DIY - Die Mitmach-Revolution

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12/2010
Galery Stihl, Waiblingen
lecture: paper goes 3d...the versatility of paper in product design

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01/2009
contractworld Hannover
lecture: new materials and technologies in product design

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01/2009
AIT: Innovation Award „Architecture and Floor“
memeber of jury

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2008
School of Art and Design Kassel
lecture: sustainable materials / technologies for kitchen tools

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2007
Publication in the book "Furnish" by Sophie Lovell / Gestalten Verlag
with the project Broken Shelves

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