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Mobility 

Apparently we spend 2 years and six months of our life in the car and 374 days waiting around. We believe design can help the way for fundamental change in our lives on the go.

 
  • Elektroshuttle Coaster
  • Elektroshuttle Coaster
  • Elektroshuttle Coaster
  • Elektroshuttle Coaster

Elektroshuttle Coaster

Coaster is a new transport system for people and freight, with an innovative power plant based on lithium battery. Its design is calm and clear-cut, supporting an easy-going gliding through the landscape. The first cabins are driving at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa, Switzerland, combining hotel resort and ski-region.

Customer: Coaster GmbH
Services: Concept, Transportation Design, Computer Aided Design, Monitoring of Prototype Construction and Pilot Series
Co-operation partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Cabin construction: CWA Olten
Photos: Peter Grünig

  • Canella
  • Canella
  • Canella
  • Canella

Canella

Canella is a walking cane inspired by traditional, elegant shape, combined with a modern design. The cane complements personal style: Canella’s appearance can be accustomed easily by choosing handhold and colours – the cane is effortlessly adjustable to body height. Instead of being a stigmatizing walking-aid, Canella is a sympathetic functional accessory for modern dandies.
Nominated for the Index Award 2008

Customer: Own Project
Services: Concept, Design, Computer Aided Design, Prototyping
Co-operation Partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Photos: Peter Kainz

Food 

“Without communal eating, no human group can hold together.” We like to shape the form, ritual and sustainability of food.

[1] Alexander, C.; Iahikawa, S.; Silverstein, M.; Jacobson, M.; King, I.; Angel, S.; (1977) A Pattern Language. Towns, Buildings, Construction. Oxford University Press: New York

 
  • Maß-Greißlerei
  • Maß-Greißlerei
  • Maß-Greißlerei
  • Maß-Greißlerei
  • Maß-Greißlerei
  • Maß-Greißlerei

Maß-Greißlerei

This organic grocery offers unpacked foods – a positive impact for the environment, leading to changes in buying pattern too. Clients are invited to bring packaging by themselves and to buy „made to measure“. In this case service design provides a new shopping experience: storage advice and traditional recipes are provided in a customized way as well. Umweltpreis der Stadt Wien 2014 I Vienna’s Best Organic Grocery 2014

Client: Andrea Lunzer
Services: Interior Design, Service Design
Graphic Design: Seite Zwei
Photos:  Paul Bauer

  • Kaiserfrühstück
  • Kaiserfrühstück
  • Kaiserfrühstück

Kaiserfrühstück

Kaiserfrühstück looks at rituals around Austrian food culture und suggests a new interpretation of the classic Viennese breakfast. The set combines traditional elements of the typical Viennese breakfast and presents it as 3D puzzle: a crispy ‘Kaisersemmel’ (handmade roll) sticks on a skewer, coffee mug, eggcup, apricot jam and butter bowl take their place on a single plate.

Customer: Own Project
Services: Ideation, Concept, Design, Prototyping, Producer Search
Co-operation partner: Lisa E. Hampel, Julia Landsiedl
Photos: Alek Kawka

  • I Love Brot
  • I Love Brot
  • I Love Brot
  • I Love Brot
  • I Love Brot

I Love Brot

This multi-disciplinary collaboration with bakery chain Felzl focused on reducing food waste. A new bread snack and Vienna’s first bread vending machine, point to the value of high quality products beyond closing hour. The vending machine provides baking goods – 365 nights a year. Bread chips Felzolini come in the two flavours salt and sesame/honey. See also: www.neuland.ac

Supported by departure and Wirtschaftsagentur Vienna.

Project Lead: Kathrina Dankl
Project Partners: Horst Felzl, Thomas Hruschka, Wolfgang Wimmer, Angie Rattay, Andrea Lunzer
Services: Product-Service Design
Photos: Gianmaria Gava
Illustration Facade: Stefanie Hilgarth

  • Sunday Cake
  • Sunday Cake
  • Sunday Cake
  • Sunday Cake
  • Sunday Cake

Sunday Cake

Home-made cakes mark special days: events such as birthdays, Mother’s Day or a nice Sunday. Sunday Cake redesigns the ornament of cakes and takes care of eater’s preferences: while one loves rum, the other hates raisins, and the third one does not like nuts. This cake pan satisfies everyone, its various zones for different pieces are filled with a delicate dough and additional ingredients of your choice.

Client: MAK
Services: Ideation, Concept, Design
Co-operation Partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Photos: Alek Kawka

  • Crowned Jam Jars
  • Crowned Jam Jars
  • Crowned Jam Jars
  • Crowned Jam Jars

Crowned Jam Jars

The project for Staud’s works around the appearance of non-returnable jars on kitchen tables and shelves. We crowned jam jars and pickled vegetable jars with familiar objects from the average household. The intuitive and playful combination creates unique, story-telling objects. All together they form a colourful collection of miniatures – some friendly, some stubborn – and a curious panorama of Austrian eating culture.

Customer: Staud’s Wien
Services: Ideation, Concept, Design, Prototyping, Storytelling, Brand Staging, Shop Installation
Co-operation Partner: Lisa E. Hampel, Julia Landsiedl
Photos: Pia Mayer

  • No Waste
  • No Waste
  • No Waste
  • No Waste
  • No Waste

No Waste

The campaign No Waste focuses on the enormous dimension of food trash and aims to reconsidering everyday habits. For the project six Viennese households collected their weekly amount of food waste. Together with the photographer Pia Mayer irritating still lives were staged and distributed through 3000 posters. Parallel the movement “Restlessen??? (Austrian expression for menus based on leftovers) was founded, promoting creative cooking sessions.

 Shows „Werkzeuge für die Designrevolution“: Wien 2012 . Graz 2013 . Dornbirn 2013 . New York 2014

Client: IDRV
Services: Ideation, Concept, Interviews, Visual Ethnography, Set-Styling, Exhibition Design, Publishing
Co-operation partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Photos: Pia Mayer

  • Zukunftsfähiges Design

Zukunftsfähiges Design

Wie kann sich Design bei sozialen und ökologischen Herausforderungen einbringen? Der folgende Beitrag argumentiert, dass KonsumentInnen bei diesen Projekten eine Schlüsselrolle als Co-DesignerInnen zukommt. Wie sich Design mit Zukunftsfähigkeit auseinandersetzen kann […] Link zum Artikel

Document type: Blog
Author: Kathrina Dankl
Year: 2013

  • Brottagebücher

Brottagebücher

Brottagebücher waren ein erstes Werkzeug, um Wissen darüber zu generieren wie KundInnen der Bäckerei Felzl ihren Broteinkauf planen, wie sie Backwaren lagern und wie viel Brot entsorgt wird. 250 Felzl KundInnen wurden gebeten, sieben Tage lang Brottagebuch zu führen und ihre Einkaufs-, Verzehrs- und Abfallmengen an Brot und Gebäck zu dokumentieren. Link to article

Document type: Blog
Author: Kathrina Dankl
Year: 2013

DIY 

is part of a wider grass-roots movement in art, technology, museology, design or music. We like designing processes that excite your target group and foster participation and engagement.

 
  • Wäscheflott
  • Wäscheflott
  • Wäscheflott
  • Wäscheflott
  • Wäscheflott

Wäscheflott

The traditional shirt maker Wäscheflott is situated in Vienna’s first district. For more than 60 years now, the city’s beau monde, quality lovers and opera stars are visiting the atelier. Wäscheflott assigned the studio with a campaign introducing the brand to new clients. We asked four young, a-typical Wäscheflott clients to design their favourite shirt, staged a fashion line-up and designed a shop window to attract passers-by. Austrian slow fashion in a fresh context.

Client: Wäscheflott Hemdenatelier
Services: Ideation, Concept, Questionnaires, Set Styling, Brand Staging, Shop Window Design
Co-operation Partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Photos: Timotheus Tomicek

  • Hygiene
  • Hygiene
  • Hygiene
  • Hygiene

Hygiene

The Hofmobilien Depot Vienna commissioned an intervention, complementing their 2011 show on sanitary furniture. We asked 40 visitors to the Imperial Furniture Collection to list their favourite sanitary products, describe their daily personal hygiene rituals and compulsions. Based on this data, installations at the five visitors’ toilets were designed, exploring hygiene in the twenty-first century, sharing people’s hygiene nightmares and pointing to the sheer amount of sanitary products in private bathrooms. The project also featured a toilet newspaper created for the intervention.

Client: Hofmobiliendepot Wien
Services: Ideation, Interviews, Concept, Exhibition Design, Editorial Design
Co-operation partner: Lisa E. Hampel, Julia Landsiedl
Photos: kollektiv fischka/fischka.com

  • Ikea Pimps
  • Ikea Pimps
  • Ikea Pimps
  • Ikea Pimps

Ikea Pimps

The lamps Josefine, Marcel and Isamu Jasper are inspired by the three design classics Goldmann Lüster by Adolf Loos, Set up Shades by Marcel Wanders and Porcini by Jasper Morrison (or rather Isamu Noguchi). The show Ikea Pimps explores the thin line between inspiration and plagiarism and re-builds these designs with nearly 100% Ikea ready-mades. Shopping list and construction guidance are open source. Of course our legal department has checked and released the designs. Have fun assembling them!

Josefine is part of the Hofmobilien Collection and presently shown at the Loos chamber.

Client: Hofmobiliendepot Wien
Services: Ideation, Concept, Design, Prototyping, Publishing
Co-operation partner: Lisa E. Hampel

  • Carpet Plots
  • Carpet Plots
  • Carpet Plots
  • Carpet Plots
  • Carpet Plots

Carpet Plots

Furniture retailer Prodomo assigned us with a DIY event to launch a new technology for carpet inkjet printing. We invited people such as professional designers Maria Rahm and Monica Singer from Polka, 9-year old Marie Merbach as well as artist Andi Leikauf to create their personal carpet. “Carpetplots!” is a series of six limited editions, promoting the technology and inspiring future customers to ‘design it yourself’.

Client: Prodomo Wien
Services: Curating and Exhibition Design
Co-operation Partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Photos: Prodomo

  • Fault lines of participation: An ethnography translated into an exhibition on family and kinship

Fault lines of participation: An ethnography translated into an exhibition on family and kinship

Since the ‘new museology’ (Vergo 1989), curating exhibitions has become a contested task. Participatory methods in education and curating have been used and debated as one of the tools to bring museums and visitors into contact in a new way. On the basis of an exhibition on family and kinship, based on praxeologic approaches in curating as well as in displaying the content…Link to article

Document type: Research Article
Medium: Museum and Society
Authors: Kathrina Dankl, Tena Mimica, Lukasz Nieradzik, Karin Schneider, Elisabeth Timm
Year: 2013

  • Mein, dein, unser Museum

Mein, dein, unser Museum

Ist Partizipation sich selbst Zweck? Verändert Partizipation die Wahrnehmung des Museums? Wer ist eingeladen zu partizipieren? Wer bestimmt die Spielregeln? Die vorgestellten Projekte haben in ihrer Vielschichtigkeit gezeigt, dass sich dem Begriff der Partizipation nur unter Berücksichtigung des jeweiligen Kontextes der praxeologischen Arbeit und des Ausstellungshauses zu nähern ist. Link to article

Document type: Conference report
Medium: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Volkskunde
Author: Kathrina Dankl
Year: 2012

Technology 

“It is not enough that technology functions well. It shall be in line with the world.” [1] Design connects technology and everyday culture.

[1] Gero von Randow, Wissenschafts-Journalist

 
  • abotic
  • abotic
  • abotic

abotic

The abotic Mobilitypool enables senior residences a flexible automation of room doors. The door drive is in service where needed. The new product magazine communicates this innovative solution in a friendly and tangible way. Inhabitants, health care personnel and management of residential care home Scheiblingkirchen are featured in the first edition.

Client: abotic
Services: concept, editorial, graphic design
Illustrations: Svenja Plaas
Photos: Martin Stöbich

  • Live EOG
  • Live EOG
  • Live EOG
  • Live EOG
  • Live EOG

Live EOG

This multi-disciplinary research project developed a computer device, based on the technology of Electro-Okulogramm (EOG). The inclusive future device is targeted to people with different abilities, researchers and professional gamers likewise. The project was carried out by six partners over a time span of 24 months.

Project Lead: AIT. Austrian Institute of Technology
Prototype design: Studio Dankl
Prototyp construction: Wittner
Photos:  TimTom

Family 

We don’t have nuclear families we “do” them, say contemporary kinship studies. [1] Objects, pictures, words are the fabric that construct our relationships. We are interested in products that make kinship tangible.

[1] Carsten, Janet (ed.) (2000): Cultures of relatedness. New approaches to the study of kinship, Cambridge.

 
  • My Small Beloved Ones

My Small Beloved Ones

The collection “My Small Beloved Ones” presents three pieces of jewellery – differently interpreting the classical medallion, a very individual and personal piece of jewellery. Part of the collection is brooch “Ella” (see image above), made of gold, onyx, quartz and coral. Available at Juweliere A.E. Köchert.

Client: Juweliere W.E. Köchert
Services: Ideation, Concept, Design, Technical Drawings, Renderings
Co-operation partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Photos: Klaus Fritsch

  • Play Trolley Theo
  • Play Trolley Theo

Play Trolley Theo

The play trolley Theo is easily assembled by using a standard wooden box, four wheels, soft rope, wooden bricks and a diversity of objects from the hardware store. Approximately 50€ material costs and some DIY passion are necessary for its construction.

Client: Falter Verlagsges.m.b.H.
Services: Ideation, Concept, Design, Prototyping
Co-operation partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Photos: Katharina Gossow

  • Family Makers
  • Family Makers
  • Family Makers
  • Family Makers
  • Family Makers

Family Makers

The project documents everyday family practices of capturing, connecting and divesting. Traditions and “the perfect family” are explored as well as aspirations and new ways of life. The show is based on an ethnography in the 8th and 16th district in Vienna. Open show cases feature space for brought family object and an oversized family album changes in the course of the exhibition.

Scientific Team and Curators: Kathrina Dankl, Tena Mimica, Lukasz Nieradzik, Karin Schneider, Elisabeth Timm
Partner: Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, Universität Wien, Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde
Exhibition Design: Kathrina Dankl
Graphic Design: Wolfram Wiedner, Johannes Lang
Photos: Timotheus Tomicek

  • Familienmacher, Ausstellungsmachen.

Familienmacher, Ausstellungsmachen.

Mit wem sind Sie verwandt? Wo bewahren Sie ungeliebte Erbstücke auf? Welches Familienmitglied ist auf keinem Foto zu sehen? Sind Familien-SMS geheim oder banal? Hat Familie eine Nationalität? Was Familie und Verwandtschaft waren und sind, lässt sich mit normativen Modellen kaum erfassen. Link to publication

Document type: Edited Volume
Medium: Familienmacher, Ausstellungsmachen. Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
Editors: Alison Clarke, Kathrina Dankl, Tena Mimica, Lukasz Nieradzik, Margot Schindler, Karin Schneider, Elisabeth Timm
Year: 2012

Ageing 

Demographic change will lead to an older work force, new markets and implications for social welfare. [1] We support companies and administration to transform obligation into social innovation. Use our toolbox for your project!

[1] http://portal.wko.at/wk/format_detail.wk?angid=1&stid=643578&dstid=19

 
  • Meet Magazine
  • Meet Magazine
  • Meet Magazine
  • Meet Magazine
  • Meet Magazine

Meet Magazine

MEET is a cutting-edge magazine that openly addresses ageing and images of ageing in a provocative and unconventional way. MEET focuses on interviews with outstanding personalities from different age groups and multifaceted professional backgrounds. The first issue is titled ‘Pension ist eine Ausrede’ according to a quote by interviewee Richard Dorfmeister.

Client: Own Project
Services: Ideation, Concept, Art Direction, Editing, Editorial Design, Production
Co-operation partner: Lisa E. Hampel

  • How Much Less is More?
  • How Much Less is More?
  • How Much Less is More?
  • How Much Less is More?

How Much Less is More?

27 people of different age-groups reflected on a possible future move into sheltered housing. The installation featured their most needed and precious objects they would take with them on this fictitious move to a senior citizens residence.

Client: Forum Mozartplatz
Services: Ideation, Interviews, Exhibition Design
Co-operation Partner: Lisa E. Hampel, Julia Landsiedl
Photos: kollektiv fischka/fischka.com

  • 31m2 and Style

31m2 and Style

This chapter explores design and aging, looking at the role of place and things in older life. What can ethnography in a specific locale bring to the practice and thinking around design? By way of a case study, this chapter focuses on a research project exploring living in old age. It looks at interiors of a senior residence as the essence of one’s style, a focused representation of one’s life course. More information

Document type: book chapter
Medium: Design Anthropology: Object Culture in the 21st Culture, ed. Alison Clarke
Author: Kathrina Dankl
Year: 2010

  • Style, Strategy and Temporality: How to Write an Inclusive Design Brief?

Style, Strategy and Temporality: How to Write an Inclusive Design Brief?

This paper explores alternative starting points for inclusive design projects based on a two-year ethnographic study with elderly people in Vienna. It argues that design briefs already take account of ageing reality such as physical ageing but less widely of people’s experience, holistic style issues and own strategies on how to deal with getting older. Link to article

Document type: Research Article
Medium: The Design Journal, Bloomsbury Journals
Author: Kathrina Dankl
Year: 2013

  • Very Experienced People: An Ethnography of Design, Ageing and Style

Very Experienced People: An Ethnography of Design, Ageing and Style

This thesis provides insight into ageing and design from the perspective of material culture. By exploring things and practices that convey the process of growing older, the work offers a deeper understanding of the subject and object interaction in mature age. Through ethnographic research, this thesis looks at individuals’ routine with things and gains a conception of people’s appreciation of certain objects over the life course. This insight allows a conclusion to be drawn about what getting older means to the individual and thus for the discipline of design.

Document type: doctoral research
Supervisors: Alison Clarke, Die Angewandte and Jeremy Myerson, RCA London
Author: Kathrina Dankl
Year: 2011

  • Designaudienz in der Seniorenresidenz
  • Designaudienz in der Seniorenresidenz
  • Designaudienz in der Seniorenresidenz
  • Designaudienz in der Seniorenresidenz
  • Designaudienz in der Seniorenresidenz
  • Designaudienz in der Seniorenresidenz

Designaudienz in der Seniorenresidenz

What happens when your own living space is reduced to a very few square feet? What do you take with you, what do you leave behind? This work researches living in older age and takes three women and their very distinct home design preferences in its focus. Exhibition and reception event took place in the senior residence Haus Wieden, Vienna in the own immediate living environment of Mrs. Gerlinde, Mrs. Ida and Mrs. Marianne.

Client: Kuratorium Wiener Pensionistenwohnhäuser
Services: Ideation, Design Ethnography, Social Intervention, Exhibition Design
Co-operation Partner: Lisa E. Hampel, Julia Landsiedl
Photos: Martin Stöbich, kollektiv fischka/fischka.com

Dwelling 

Austrians inhabit a median living space of 42 square metres today. [1] We like to design for the everyday, configure holistic moving services or consider living in older age.

[1] http://www.nht.co.at/material/assets/Oesterreichisches_Wohnhandbuch_2010.pdf (Accessed 29 July 2013)

 
  • Artweger Drying Rack
  • Artweger Drying Rack

Artweger Drying Rack

The drying rack is especially designed for smaller residential units without utility rooms. As the rack might be set up in the living room area, its design provides a tidy appearance and prevents a clear view of the drying laundry. Appearance and functionality of this drying rack equals that of a classic room divider: stored flat-packed and set up easily by hand. The laundry is – as required – hung on one or two layers to dry and disappears discreetly behind textile panels.

Client: Artweger GmbH&Co K
Services: Ideation, Participant Observation, Interviews, Concept, Design, Monitoring of Prototype Construction
Co-operation Partner: Lisa E. Hampel

  • Simple Living
  • Simple Living
  • Simple Living

Simple Living

The work discusses temporary dwelling solutions. Boxes as the well-known companions, are acting as placeholders for future pieces. And sometimes, a lucky cardboard box is upgraded to full-fledged furniture. The cardboard box, in all of its forms, is the temporary company and comfort of those on the move or who haven’t arrived yet. We show a range of prototypical dwelling solution and an installation at the museum.

Client: Hofmobiliendepot Wien
Services: Ideation, Concept, Set-Styling, Exhibition Design
Co-operation partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Photos: Timotheus Tomicek

Gifts 

Ovid knew already: Gifts calm gods and people. We design gifts, goblets and souvenirs that make a perfect fit with our clients corporate identity.

 
  • Bausteinspiel ÖBP
  • Bausteinspiel ÖBP
  • Bausteinspiel ÖBP
  • Bausteinspiel ÖBP
  • Bausteinspiel ÖBP

Bausteinspiel ÖBP

The ÖkoBusinessPlan is a funding agency of the city of Vienna offering services in the three areas “Waste and Resources”, “Energy” and “Social Responsibility”. The new give away converts the three modules into a clear-cut game. It makes the acquisition of new business for consultants easier and the funding system coherent for clients.

Client: Ökobusinessplan Wien
Services: idea, concept, design, production
Illustration: Wolfgang Gosch
Photos: TimTom

  • Goblet Mingo Award
  • Goblet Mingo Award
  • Goblet Mingo Award

Goblet Mingo Award

The Mingo Award is given to young, thriving entrepreneurs by the Wiener Wirtschaftsagentur. The award is featuring a typical cup-design but parted in two: a ceramic foot is holding a compostable pot with a small sprout that is to be planted and cultivated to grow – just like the flourishing winning companies. The ceramic part remains as a memory and usable as a vase.

Client: Wiener Wirtschaftsagentur
Services: Ideation, Concept, Design, Technical Drawings, Renderings, Producer Search
Co-operation partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Photos: Alek Kawka

  • Give-Away Vienna Region
  • Give-Away Vienna Region

Give-Away Vienna Region

VIENNA REGION Marketing GmbH is a supra-regional platform, preparing information materials for the region. For their international events as well as trade fair presentations we designed a cost-efficient sticker post card that conveys its unique selling proposition: working in attractive environment. The card gives tips what their client can do on top to perform at their best.

Client: Wirtschaftsagentur Wien/Vienna Region
Services: Ideation, Concept, Design, Final Artwork
Co-operation Partner: Lisa E. Hampel

  • Productcollection Sisi&Franzl
  • Productcollection Sisi&Franzl
  • Productcollection Sisi&Franzl
  • Productcollection Sisi&Franzl
  • Productcollection Sisi&Franzl

Productcollection Sisi&Franzl

The product line Sisi & Franzl features a collection of small contemporary items for the museum shops at the Imperial Furniture Collection Vienna and Schloss Schönbrunn. Inspired by the rich collection of furniture and textiles of the Imperial Furniture Collection in Vienna, modern Sisis and Franzls are invited to indulge themselves or to stock up with original souvenirs for their beloved ones at home.

Client: Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und VertriebsGmbH
Services: Concept, Design, Producer Search, Logo, Packaging, POS
Co-operation Partner: Lisa E. Hampel
Photos: Alek Kawka