An increasingly networked and globalized society means that designers of the future must be able to think and work in conceptual, strategic and cross-disciplinary ways. That’s why we approach design as a process leading to the generating of innovations through a merging of disciplines. Our objective is to train design personalities – with general professionalism and specific expertise in design, with solid abilities to implement design processes independently, with comprehensive problem-solving capacities, and with an attitude.

Does design really solve problems? In the age of new technologies our students are re-facing this old question. An interdisciplinary project worked with people affected by Dementia. The results cast light on the intersection of memory and material. Dimitrij Haak took another path. His stools are based on the members of his own family. Steffen Hartwig seeks for digital authenticity. His 3D printed ceramics seem to ask "What is an original, what is a copy?" Daniel Wilkens reveals how 3D printing will change the food production. Alica Borgmann unveils how the smartphone has become an extension of our body. Bernd Hoffmann rethought the habits of the fashion industry. His clothes neither do have a back or front side nor a wrong or right side. Birgit Hengstebeck explored the sustainable material cork for a new way of dynamic sitting. Muscles are strengthened, back pain can be prevented and the sense of balance is trained.

We may live in a digital world. But nature is still the most inspiring inspiration for shaping things. The persistent survey of its principles is a key for innovative design. Niklas Markloff created a biodegradable chair and enclosure done from paper-mache that can also be used as a container. Daniel Rauch presents his Aerodynamic Studies. New forms and shapes derive from the study of air in motion. Elena Blazquez investigates the use of stinging nettle fibres.

These projects show how diverse design is taught at Folkwang. We encourage our students to find an authentic and genuine approach to design within the complexity and plurality of our world.

Elena Blazquez
Alice Borgmann
Dimitrij Haak
Steffen Hartwig
Birgit Hengstebeck
Bernd Hoffmann
Niklas Markloff
Daniel Rauch
Daniel Wilkens


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Curator: Folkwang University of the Arts
Exhibition design: Folkwang University of the Arts
Graphic: Alexander Bönninger
Texts: Folkwang University of the Arts
Film: Folkwang University of the Arts
Sponsors: Folkwang University of the Arts

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De Folkwang Universität der Künste is de centrale plek in het westen van Duitsland voor een opleiding in de kunsten, van muziek tot theater, en van dans en design tot academische studies. Het instituut is opgericht in 1927. Het centrale element van onze pedagogische filosofie is de link tussen artistieke, ontwerpgerichte en wetenschappelijke disciplines. Dit multidisciplinaire werk is ingebed in de volledige opbouw van het programma. De Design-afdeling biedt studenten unieke mogelijkheden, in allerlei combinaties van kunst, design en wetenschap. Het programma in de verschillende designdisciplines is het enige in zijn soort in Duitsland dat studenten zo’n brede keus biedt. Het aanbod is gedegen en flexibel, met een mogelijkheid voor promotiewerk en aansluiting op opleidingen in het buitenland.

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