The future doesn’t lie in the invention of something new but rather in the reinvention of the old. This up-cycling and tuning is the focus of product designer Werner Aisslinger. The museum “Haus am Waldsee” in Berlin exhibits Aisslinger’s ideas for the “Home of the Future”, Freed from the commercial restraints of industry, the designer can within this artistic context give rein to his visions of utopia.
The “Home of the Future”, like all of Werner Aisslinger's works, derives from the basic premise that design archetypes have been defined by modernity, however the language of forms has outpaced materials development. Aisslinger amends the dictate “form follows function” with “function follows material”. Aisslinger calls this optimization process up-cycling. For him, staying true to the materials is never just about the product, but about the entire environment. Aisslinger is looking to create a symbiotic relationship between the most innovative technology and nature. For the cantilever chair, instead of an environmentally harmful plastic, he uses a newly developed, completely biodegradable, composite material.
My favourite, CHAIR FARM…
With Chair Farm Aisslinger presents one of his most forward-thinking ideas. How can you plant products in plantations? Man designs the furniture, nature then takes over the implementation, as plants grow in a hollow frame in the shape of a chair. Fantasy? Werner Aisslinger already sees the next step: plants which without any additional assistance form to the shape of a piece of furniture because it has been engineered into their DNA. Elements from urban farming and aquaponics transform a kitchen into an alchemy chamber. Food is produced instead of processed, mushrooms are harvested from coffee grounds and fish excrement fertilizes a vegetable garden – all of it in a greenhouse-like shelf biotope.
Back from the trip. Lucerne, Switzerland. A wonderful place.
I need to go back…waiting for payday and thinking Amsterdam, Germany and Switzerland…or Switzerland, Germany, then Amsterdam…I suppose it would be rude if I did not stop and say hello to Frenchy too…alot of options
As part of my major project investigating Alternative Gardening, UNO was created. The UNO system provides an alternative to high cost and high energy hydroponic methods that are currently used for controlled container growing.
- Exhibited with Plymouth University, New Designers 2013 Part 2
By incorporating a cotton wick, water is transferred slowly from the reservoir to the root zone, without the risk of over-watering. The additional drip bag ensures that your plant gets all the nutrients it requires to maximise its health.
The amount of maintenance required has been reduced but it also offers an ‘off the grid’ alternative for productive growing.
Exhibited with Plymouth University at New Designers 2013, London
Thesis investigating the transition towards socially responsible and sustainable design. Looking at the profession of the ‘industrial designer’, highlighting the negative impact of industry on our environment and economy and providing insights into how we as ‘designers’ can work more effectively by providing solutions, rather than feeding consumerism.
Otis Redding & Friends: Stax Volt Revue 1967, Norway.
Classic concert filmed in Norway during the 1967 Stax tour featuring performances from the soul legends signed to this famous US record label. Includes live sets by Booker T & The MGs, Arthur Conley, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, the Mar-Keys and a barnstorming, five-song set by Otis Redding.
I love Starck’s outlook on Design and Life…we are Super-monkeys.
Now you have a duty. Invent a new story. Invent a new poetry. The only rule is, we have not to have any idea about the next story. We give you white pages. Invent. We give you the best tools, the best tools, and now, do it. That’s why I continue to work, even if it’s for toilet brush.