SLOW DESIGN FOR FAST CHANGE
Anna Koppmann who graduated last year at UdK’s product design with her project Frischholz – containing an impressive research on the worrying status quo and possible future for German forests – is one of the nine young designers that are on show in the SLOW exhibition by AHEC in Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin.
With a focus on American red oak, hard and soft maple and cherry, AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council) has teamed up with 9 young designers to create an object that reflects their approach towards “slow design for fast change”.
The result is an exercise in how young voices of design re-think their profession today, when factoring in the aspects of sustainability, longevity and a focus on quality. Working together with experienced design professionals Hanne Willmann, Sebastian Herkner and Garth Roberts, the designers present their final pieces at Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin from November 26th 2021 to 20th February 2022.
The final pieces include a wide range of objects from bowls to chairs, benches to shelving systems as well as tables and modular furniture elements. Produced by German workshop Holzfreude, the finished objects symbolize the value of perfect craftsmanship as well as present a selection of the best young voices of design in a unique historical context.
The exhibitors are: Maximilian Beck, Clémece Buytaert, Simon Gehring, Hansil Heo, Sarah Hossli und Lorenz Noelle, Anna Koppmann, Haus Otto (Nils Körner and Patrick Henry Nagel), Theo Luvisotto and Max Rohregger.
The young designers studied under Wolfgang Laubersheimer (KISD Köln), Maddalena Casadei (ECAL Lausanne), Christophe de la Fontaine (ABK Stuttgart), Konstantin Grcic (HFBK Hamburg), Anniina Koivu (ECAL Lausanne), Ineke Hans (Udk Berlin), Stefan Diez (Angewandte Wien).
The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is a strong advocate of wood as a raw material and has successfully developed a sustainable brand around hardwoods from the USA. AHEC is one of the pioneers behind the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analysis of hardwoods. Through innovative design projects such as Legacy, The Smile and MultiPly for the London Design Festival, AHEC demonstrated the performance potential of these sustainable materials and provides valuable inspiration.