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.