Jägerzaun

Philipp Drexler

Jägerzaun /
Trellis Fence
coatrack 2011

powder-coated steel
90 × 60 × 15 cm

Whoever interprets Philipp Drexler‘s Jägerzaun coatrack as a nostalgic reminiscence of the infamous fence around German single-family properties, is way off the mark. Drexler‘s fence piece of 90 x 60 x 15 cm, unwound into steel wires, may use the classic look of this folksy glorified icon, but other than that, it has little to do with a fence. Truth be told, Philipp Drexler focuses rather on the unconventional use of this three-layered structure out of diagonal and horizontal wooden bars: namely, some people‘s habit of sticking their no longer useful burdens into the diamond-shaped “compartments” of this fencing. All aesthetic aspects aside, we have to admit that this is quite a practical idea, even if its functionality may need to be further elaborated. This is exactly where Drexler comes from with his filigree transformation, as his transformation into angles, hooks and lines provides a much greater number of storage possibilities than the «real» trellis fence could ever offer.

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Clerk

Martha Schwindling

Clerk
desk
2010

elm wood, linoleum
90 × 120 × 70 cm

The finesse of Martha Schwindling’s “convertible” comes from the specially-developed film hinge that almost invisibly fixes its elements to each other. Multi-functionality is not a fetish here, but actually serves a purpose. Liberated of any visual indication of its multiple functions, the desk thus naturally has the same balanced aspect, both open as well as closed. In its opened, and seemingly more practical, mode it presents itself as a perfect piece of furniture for working and keeping things in order. Once closed via its hinged drawer, usually motivated by wanting to recover some sense of order and tidiness, it is only a desk, desk, and desk: a fully adequate, absolutely neutral plane surface for working and communicating for one or more users.

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4ty5ty

Christian Klotz

4ty5ty
stool
2009

glazed oak
40 × 60 × 15 cm

Our ideas of the archetypical chair are primarily influenced by two or more fixed determinants: one is the configuration of a step-like construction, consisting of a table-like surface plus a “wall”, towering about twice as high above one side of this surface and functioning as a backrest. The other is the proportions of this composition. As for the configuration, Chair 4ty5ty by Christian Klotz completely meets our expectations: the backrest and seat quite accurately correspond to the model described above. The proportions, however, do not, as Klotz trims both seat and backrest to an extreme minimum. In spite of this, the chair works perfectly. It may not meet our expectations for comfort, but as a piece of furniture, as a “tool” for a hasty sit-down, it is ideal. You could even say that it defines a very contemporary idea of sitting.

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Philipp Scholz

Lehner
multiple socket
2008

beechwood /
multi-outlet power
160 x 40 x 7 cm

The outlet strip does not exactly constitute one of the gems of design. Its design is more or less infl uenced by sheerly practical considerations. Once it has been worked into our domestic cable clutter, we try to hide it discreetly somewhere in our home setting — and we all know quite well what that looks like. This is exactly where Philipp Scholz comes from when he deliberately puts the focus on the power strip. Not only does he choose an entirely different material, i.e. wood, but he also equips this roundwood casing with a broomstick, or rather a plug-pole, at whose upper end you can also fi nd the switch for this multi-box. This is exceedingly handy — and looks much better than those plasticine brown-white-black plastic power strips.

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7xStool / Robotperformance

The stackable 7Xstool is cut right from a tree trunk with a chainsaw by an industrial robot. This unusual production process was developed by Tom Pawlofsky, and enables him to realize the stool design which was drafted together with Tibor Weissmahr. The different tree trunks vary in their bark, grain, and branches, making each stool one of a kind. By cleverly planning the saw’s tracks, these HfG alumni achieve a production method that is nearly scrap-free. The chainsaw robot will carve stools in public performances with millimeter precision, which can then be directly acquired by the audience.