Wood cut by water or laser opens up new possibilities in design and production and also reduces offcuts. In additional to the new processing possibilities, wood is particularly appealing due to its warm feel and the beautiful way it ages - by developing a patina - and is interesting as a material for many everyday objects.

Kitchen tools

The kitchen tools are designed to better fit all pot shapes with their straight and round areas, and can be cut out by laser from a wooden board with almost no waste. The dimples of the spoons and the bevel of the spatulas are then milled. The tools are lightweight and fit perfectly in hand with their flat, slightly conical handle. In addition, maple hardwood has very good antibacterial properties, making it an ideal material for kitchen tools. The maple tree is resistant and very common in our regions (Germany).

- maple
- laser cut
Less offcut

Wardrobe 'Butterfly‘

‚Butterfly‘ is a mixture of traditional paravent and wardrobe. As a stand-alone piece of furniture, it can be flexibly placed anywhere and its foldability makes it perfect for temporary use. The object is water jet cut and therefore manufactured with almost no offcuts. The 16 hangers are cut slightly conical from the side panels of the wardrobe, so you can easily stick them back for storage. The clothes bar can be pushed in when closed, for locking the two sides and to keep the hangers in. The compact wardrobe can be moved by a single person. Collaboration with Laura Flotho. Photos by Natalia Paschkewich.

- melamin coated plywood
- water jet cut
Wardrobe with hanger and clothes bar compactly folded - ideal for temporary use.
Thick felt as a hinge


Clay is a weathering product of rocks. A malleable mass, which is transformed, by high temperatures, again into a stone-like solid state. Depending on the composition and mining area, there are very different types of clay. Each clay thus has its own character; unique in color and texture, sometimes with a fine or, through the addition of fireclay, with a coarse structure. The excitement lies in the relevant combination of material, object, its use, shaping and surface structure.

It is also fascinating what machine-like precision man is capable of working with their hand, but the difference to industrial production is still made by the craftsman themselves. With the hand you can always influence the production process and change it to a greater or lesser extent. Imperfection and perfection, as well as the small details, give the objects a unique character. If you want to reproduce exactly the same objects in the same wall thickness, you can also choose the cheaper industrial production. Industrial production or craftsmanship alone do not represent quality, the useful application of one or the other technique is crucial.

Ceramic series – Small Bricks

The surface structure is inspired by layered stone walls. The vertical cracks appear random and can only be controlled to a limited extent - the consciously produced coincidence co-creates. In combination with the almost black firing stoneware clay, the vases and plant objects get a particularly stony character.

- stoneware
- wheel-thrown

Inspiration: layered stone walls

Geschirr-Edition für das Restaurant ‚Im Künstlerhaus‘

During certain drying and firing processes, porcelain can become very warped. What is normally considered a flaw is here part of the design. The way it deforms can only be controlled to a certain extent - deliberate chance helps to shape it here. Each piece is essentially the same, yet a little different. The objects are glazed only on the inside, so you can feel the raw porcelain on the outside, which feels especially soft due to the special processing. The tableware has been designed in collaboration with the chefs of the restaurant ‚Im Künstlerhaus‘ and also makes reference to minimalist furniture by Jones NevillePhotos by Manuel Wagner

- porcelain
- shaped and wheel-thrown

Ceramic series - Colored Grains

Porcelain is dyed, fired and turned into granules, then kneaded back into porcelain. The resulting objects have a slightly coarse surface, which contrasts the fine porcelain. In addition, porcelain is translucent, so the granules shimmer through the material to varying degrees, giving the whole object and material an interesting depth.

- porcelain
- colored porcelain granules
- wheel-thrown

Into the blue

Ceramic series – Dry Earth

The almost black clay with its slightly coarse structure has a very earthy, almost coal character. The cracked surface, used on vases and planters, let flowers and plants seems togrow out of dry earth, blossoming from the ashes. The way the cracks appear is only controllable to a limited extent - the chance is used deliberately here.

- stoneware
- wheel-thrown

Ceramic objects for Walter Knoll booth

The various handmade and turned ceramic vases, vessels and plates were designed and produced especially for the Walter Knoll stand (designed by Ippolito Fleitz Group) at the furniture fair in Cologne and the Salone del Mobile in Milan 2019. The shapes, colors and surface structures refer to the exhibited furniture and room situations. It was important that the ceramic objects have the same quality without being too decorative and dominant.

- porcelain and stoneware
- shaped and wheel-thrown

'Plates on walls'
Ceramic series - Elements on Fire

The abstract version of „Plates on the Walls“ are polished stoneware plates fired directly in a wood fire. Carbon is enclosed in the open-pored clay during the firing and is forming different light and dark areas, as well as different graphic textures, depending on the firing. The smoke patterns can only be controlled to a certain limit. The less you try to control them, the more interesting structures you get. The triology was part of the Künstlerhaus exhibition „Fremde“ 2018. Photo by Manu HarmsSchlaf

- shaped by hand
- poliertes Steinzeug
- wood firing


can be cast in almost any mold in which it solidifies in a stone-like state. Depending on the mold surface, the surface of the object can become shiny or matte, and depending on the additives, it can be coarse or fine. The excitement lies in the contrasts with each other.

Cigar ashtray

Cigar ashtray „Cuba“ for Loony is cast in concrete. The monolith consists of simple geometric shapes. The heavy, rough concrete ashtray contrasts with the light, mostly hand-rolled cigar and acting as a counterpart. The longer the concrete is allowed to harden in a very smooth form, the smoother and shinier the surface becomes. The different aggregates (coarse and fine) and the inclusions of air bubbles, break through the smooth surface. Dimensions H 5.5 cm × W 15 cm × D8 cm. Loony emerged from the Diakonisches Werks Baden. The objects developed for Loony should be designed (in material, form and production technique) so that they can be produced by mentally ill people of the Diakonisches Werk.

- Concrete
- mold casting

Paper in 3D and new context

The fiber forming process works in a similar way to classic paper-making, except that the screen is formed three-dimensionally and thus three-dimensional products can be produced, mainly from waste paper. The best-known example of this is the egg packaging. Depending on the form, the end products can have enormous stiffness and stability. Due to its three-dimensionality, paper can thus be thought of in a completely new context.

Shopsystem 'Cellwall‘

The shopsystem ‘Cellwall’ consists of two different wall panels made of cellulose fibers, which are produced in the fiber forming process ,mostly from recycled waste paper. The panels, the corner piece and the straight piece, can be combined in different ways. This results in very different wall structures that can be adapted to the space and the needs. It can be used for large and small areas. The system is a merchandise display and graphic element in one. In addition, it is also recyclable. The elements can be printed, cut and embossed like any other paper.

- cellulose fiber
- fiber forming process
- paper in a new context
- re(up)cycling

Waste paper basket made out of wast paper

What could be more natural than to make a paper waste basket from the same material for which it is intended? The paper waste basket is made largely from recycled waste paper using the fiber molding process. Collaboration with Laura Flotho.

- cellulose fiber
- fiber forming process
- paper in a new context
- re(up)cycling

Graphical products

Graphic products such as cards, books, brochures or scientific studies its also about that people like to use it. How can graphics and layout be used to provide information or to make them understandable and to stimulate the user to read on? With print products, the choice of paper and book binding can communicate the topic even more clearly.

Fractal pattern

Fractal patterns are structures that have a high self-similarity – the pattern consists of many smaller copies of itself. Although fractals are subjected to rigorous mathematics and geometry, they are visually fluent, almost floral and very natural. You can decide by yourself, how many steps or how many reduced-size copies of the fractal you want to use. So you can create a compressed or an open area and thus a very dynamic pattern.

- graphic without color
- 400g paper
- press cut

Mobility study 'we talk data‘

For the mobility study of MHP and Motor Presse Stuttgart, the task was to develop and design a layout that on the one hand reflects the topic of mobility and on the other hand clarifies the lage number of graphical datas (by reitzen) and informations for the reader and makes it easy to understand. Collaboration with Freiland Design.

- layout design
- perfect binding

User manual for employees

The user manual is intended for internal company use. Porsche employees, dealers and distributors can find out how to use their new IT system and find help on how to work with it. The structure of the brochure was particularly important here - specific topics needed to be found quickly and the layout needed to convey complex content clearly and understandably. The visual language and small icons lighten up the complex topic. Collaboration with Freiland Design.

- layout design
- saddle stitching

Whitepaper 'A.I.dea Book‘

The MHP white paper „A.I.dea Book“ is a collection of articles about artificial intelligence. In the book, observations and empirical values, as well as ideas and solution approaches around the topic are sketched out. Exactly this sketching out is supposed to visualize the layout. All graphics in the book are hand-drawn and a handwriting font was specially developed for the inscription. The spiral binding underlines the whole design. Collaboration with Freiland Design.

- layout design
- handwriting font design
- spiral binding

Design of a special handwriting font to visualise the concept of 'sketching ideas‘.

Digital products

Digital products are products without a physical nature. As a result, the design focuses particularly strongly on usability and on communicating the content. How is the application designed that it is intuitive to use and the information to be communicated is in the foreground?

MB Micro Website and augmented reality app

Design of a micro website on the main topic ‚Mercedes connect me‘ to complement the 5 brochures. The microsite is intended for Mercedes Benz internal use only, for dealers and service staff. They can use the internal site to communicate with each other, get information about the connect me services, log into their service management portal and get information about sales and aftersales. Collaboration with P3 group, text by Alexia Angelopoulou.

Website for the studio Freiland Design

Creating a website for Freiland-Design, a studio for brand strategy and design. The goal was to structure the amount of information in a clear way, to find a good mix of a strict grid and out-of-the-box elements and to visualise the character of the studio and the founder Sania Freiland. The logo and menu are always visible and there are not too many subpages. The layout is clear, direct and has one highlight color for a strong accents.