How we work
As designers everything we do is driven by a great curiosity and the thirst for knowledge. Working on a project we turn our attention to identifying the true intention first.
We find inspiration in observing complex inter-relations, look at the world around us in great detail and question apparently ordinary circumstances. We are strongly interested in the impact of digital technology on manufacture, culture and society; the interaction between humans and objects; or the organisation of patterns and behaviour in the natural world.
But no matter what subject we are working on, the fundamental base of every project is intensive research. The following design process is then adjusted individually depending on the task. In general, our design strategy can be classified into three approaches, which are usually combined throughout the design process:
From the idea to the finished product
The strategic-analytic approach is the guideline whenever we design industrially manufactured products. We analyse the subject matter, generate ideas and visualise them in terms of drawings, graphics or mock-ups. From here we define the concept and develop the tangible design, using hand-crafted and digital models (CAD). Throughout the whole process we consider formally aesthetic, economic and technological factors on a regular basis.
We are strongly committed to applying new technology to product design. With this approach we design systems and platforms which allow the users to develop their own designs by providing input like personal information, behaviour, sound or movement. The idea is to explore the borders of new technology and to open up new potentials. For example we engage people in our design processes and let them contribute their personalities to the very individual products, rather than designing them ourselves.
Room for inspiration
To balance out the analytic and digital approaches we often operate in a very hands-on manner and experiment with materials such as porcelain, paper or wood. This is a playful way to try out new ideas and methods. These experiments often lead to new product ideas or come in useful at a later project.