- In February 2019 the Faculty of Munich Design of the University of Applied Sciences opened its new venue at Lothstraße 17. As presentations and exchange play an essential role at the department, we developed Rahmenwerk to satisfy the faculty’s presentation culture. The furniture system is a framework to enable and empower its users.
Team: Julian Kern,
The analysis of typical presentation situations in our faculty brought divergent demands on the presentation furniture to light.
1. The furniture divides itself into an undisturbed, "communicative" area, as well as a personal space which provides a place of retreat and a space for presentation preparations.
2. The conscious creation of open spaces and shielded areas leads to two autonomous zones - a speaker’s desk and a working table.
3. In order to lay the presenting person’s focus on the presentation itself, the working area is decoupled from storage areas. Corresponding add-ons are provided for microphones and cables. A functional pattern is the link between the working area and add-ons. It visually and functionally structures the working area and functions as a dock for the add-ons.
Rahmenwerk offers great support for a successful presentation. The design communicates with its users via deliberately arranged planes. The open side of the speaker's desk invites the user to enter the stage and leads the speaker into a protected area. Both of the two parts of the system play with open and closed zones in order to shield the user from the audience or to open up to them. The worktop’s arrangement proposes a structure without patronising the user. Add-ons like the microphone holder, the blind and wedge playfully move throughout the furniture system and can be placed individually.
Rahmenwerk flexibly responds to different styles of presentations. The furnishings serve frontal lectures as well as workshop situations. Both pieces of furniture can be combined or used separately. The longitudinal symmetry axis contrasts common presentation furniture while still providing the possibility to use it the other way round. The design is determined by functional planes, which give it its prototype-like character.
In the course of the design process we came up with many iterations. To survey our concept for its practical use, the first prototypes were tested at various events at the faculty. The final design was inaugurated at the opening ceremony of the new building and received great attention from prominent speakers like the Bavarian Minister of State for Science and Arts Bernd Sibler.