MAKK – WORKSPACE IN PROGRESS

The collection ‘Identiform’ is an alternative workwear. Starting point of the collection is an apron pant, a single piece of workwear that can be applied in various fields of creative occupations, from manual labour to office work. 

The contemporary work environment is characterised by open plan offices, a culture of constant availability and fading boundaries between work and non-work. This can have a lot of unwanted, stress-related negative side effects on us. My contribution aims to offer a room within a room that appears and disappears with ease. 

A tubular room dividing system made of translucent fabric that generates a space separated yet still connected to the room. 

Stets is a stackable lightweight chair and standing aid with the intention to be moved around easily. It can be accompanied with height adjustable tables and placed in modern office environments with the option to work while standing.

A piece of furniture that allows a worker to experience proper rest in a form of a power nap during the working hours, combining natural body warnings, sitting and laying.

In contemporary office structures space and flexibility are key components. Similar to the principle of a supermarket trolley that is stored in a space-saving way and only occupies more area when used, consequently undergoing a transition from passive to active, in this case shelf to desk, space usage is maximised or minimised according to the presence and performance of the worker. 

The present and perspective future of work is remote, and with it comes the issues of isolation and lack of communication. Talktile aims to improve these issues by giving remote workers a tangible ‘meeting point’, like the water cooler in a traditional office.

The series 9-to-5 examines single working days in various conventional jobs. The technique used makes a concealed outcome of work visible and thus offers a new perspective. 

A set of wooden bars that can be put together to form various objects. The focus mainly lies on the act of building, rather than a finished piece of furniture. However, it should convey a certain sense of productivity and fulfillment. 

In urban areas, living space is ever decreasing. Therefore space has to be used as efficiently as possible, in both private and offices areas. This could provide e.g a flexible solution for power naps inside office spaces. But also for people who want to share their flat with other people without endangering their own privacy. The goal of the project is to use as little space as possible for a lying surface which is as large as possible. 

A surface-centered meeting table, that allocates two workspaces within one movement. Suitable for everybody who appreciates the possibility of working in a separate and more private area, but occasionally demands a bigger surface or wants to share the table with others.

A machine built with simple mechanics representing an industrial mechanism that uses climate data of our nearest surrounding to create individual patterns on products. The pattern is created by machine drawn strokes, differing in number, length and density. The result on each of the plates looks different, depending on the day or year and the current climate conditions such as rainfall and air temperature. 

Personal wellbeing is beneficial to any efficient working environment. The presence of the object offers a release to manage the lack of creativity, fear, sexism, and general frustration. Coping with different forms of psychological stress is a sincere challenge in the 21st century workplace environment.

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Light intensity and the color of light have different effects on our mental health and body. People work mostly under lighting conditions that do not fit their individual needs. Some like bright, cool or colorful light while others may prefer a dimmed and warmer atmosphere. This structure allows you to independently control the lighting situation at your workplace without disturbing the needs of others while creating a personal room. 

A height adjustable lamp with two light functions: atmospheric and direct. Through the so-called „Cable Sleeve“, that describes a cross-woven tube that changes its diameter through traction, which allows intuitive height adjustment.

Initiated by Stefan Diez and curated by Matylda Krzykowski, “WORKSPACE IN PROGRESS” is plan- ned by Lina Fischer (DIEZOFFICE) and graphically realised by Bureau Borsche. The work was created with the support and coordination of the entire ID1 team. (Elisabeth Wildling, Katrin Sailer, Christian Steiner, Christian Ruschitzka, Jakob Ilera, Christoph van Berg, Marcus Bruckmann, Peter Mahlknecht, Doris Grossi, Ursula Klein and Sofia Podreka). The video production is created in collaboration with Daniel van Hauten, IGTV and Instagram Live broadcasts by the @angewandte_id team. The project could be realised in collaboration with and valuable support from WAGNER-LIVING, Augsburg – including the use of the D2 furniture system in the exhibition design. “WORKSPACE IN PROGRESS” is realised in cooperation with the MAKK – Museum of Applied Arts Cologne.

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MAKK – WORKSPACE IN PROGRESS

Between self-understanding, fulfillment and security of existence: With the exhibition project “WORKSPACE IN PROGRESS” under the direction of designer and professor Stefan Diez and the team of the Industrial Design1 department of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, students of ID1 question the meanings and challenges of work from the perspective of their generation. Over a period of two semesters, projects were created that question our understanding of work. In addition to examining technological, economic and social changes, the students also dealt with the implications of possible production methods in a future-oriented circular economy. Initiated by Stefan Diez and curated by Matylda Krzykowski, the works will be presented for the first time at the Museum of Applied Arts Cologne from 6 – 31 October 2021, in parallel to a digital programme, and discussed on site in Cologne and via live stream during a talk event on 5 October.