LB Thomas Schnur | SuSe 2019

portrait by Alexander Böhle

Lehrbeauftragter SuSe 2019
Visiting Lecturer Summer Semester 2019


Thomas Schnur (*1983) lives and works in Cologne. After his apprenticeship as a joiner he studied product design in Aachen. At that time he worked for designers as Mathieu Lehanneur in Paris and studied at École Supérieure d’Art et Design de Saint Étienne.
His work has already been shown on numerous stages of design including IMM Cologne, Maison et Objet Paris, Salone del Mobile Mailand, ICFF New York and BODW Hong Kong. In 2014 Thomas have been nominated for German Design Award as well as Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Furthermore he got a Special Mention from the Jury of Design Report Award.

Since 2011 Thomas runs a studio in Cologne. In dealing with the things of everyday life, he formulates objects in collaboration with companies such as Functionals, Objekten, Echtstahl and Magazin. Next to this he has been showing selfinitiated work on off-site locations with the collective Generation Köln.

“In my projects I always attempt to negotiate with the product that I am to design. I negotiate on the weight of materials, manufacturing, appearance, meaning and function. I break down this task into its characteristics and meanings. Consequently I analyze, assess and construct the idea. In this, it is important to me that, despite their cross-references, the products, which are often created from familiar fragments, are able to develop the greatest possible degree of autonomy. In this way, they allow for associations but, beyond this, they develop their own potential for becoming autonomous products.”

Thomas will be visiting tutor to the STANDARD project of Design & Social Context that runs during the Summer Semester of 2019. He will give a talk for all UdK students on 16 April 18.00 room 202.

16 April, 2019
Room 202, 18:00 

as introduction to her visiting tutorship Thomas talked about his work