DESIGN FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES, MUNICH | ‘PIECE BY PIECE FURNITURE’
Initiated by Matthias Marschner of Hirner und Riehl Architects and City Planning, supervised by the designer Michael Geldmacher, students of Prof. Florian Petri developed a chair and table for ‘Bellevue di Monaco’, a local refugee centre that set itself the aim of becoming one of the main socio-cultural hubs in Munich. Recently launched, the furniture will be produced by Goin, yet the refugees are also involved in the production, personalising the pieces, with sandblasted inscriptions in the messing feet, for instance. While the chair and table come with documentation that explain their intention, the furniture was developed after a series of other criteria that reached from the fifties architecture of the building, to the need to be solid and stackable, open and light, transparent, dynamic, versatile, and able to adapt to the café’s and centre’s many activities. The students were given the opportunity to design furniture for a real client, in a collaborative process; furthering their social and empathic skills, and in a project that connected the challenge to design a chair, to that of finding solutions for one of the most urgent problems. Team members also included Aylin Patterson Aykent, Johanna Amann, Benjamin Bohnhorst, Julia Färbert, Alena Gall, Johannes Hoffmann, Philip Junk, Anja König, Katrin Lehmann, Carina Sabbagh, Andreas Siegfried, Johannes Straka, Carolin Kunert, Julia Strobl, and Marika Tiikkainen.