Mira Durrer, MA Design 2023, MA Design Price'23: Circular Design – NERI
A regional network of ecological and regionally sourced textiles.
The textile industry faces challenges such as lengthy production routes, resource-intensive supply, and the need for more transparency. There is a demand for new solutions to procure woven fabrics locally. Small entrepreneurs struggle to collaborate with the industry due to large orders placed by industrial producers.
The project "NERI" connects the end-user with the fiber source through regional fiber systems, extending from seed to woven fabrics. Utilizing local resources like regenerative materials and textile production minimizes environmental impact and ensures control over the entire supply chain.
By linking the process of woven textiles – raw fiber, manufacturer, industrial production, and customer – the project explores the potential of a local, shortest possible supply chain. Based on the principle of shared production, smaller orders are aggregated until they reach the industry's minimum order quantities.
"NERI" caters to fashion designers, dressmakers, and private customers seeking certified, sustainably produced woven yard goods for garments from regional resources. It enhances resilience by opening a new market for local weaving mills.
Brigitte Jornot, MA Design 2023, MA Design Price'23: Radical Niche – RaaaR
Long-lasting and individual clothing created from post-industrial waste
Developing sustainable outputs relies on degrowth and altered lifestyle choices. Consumers can significantly impact production methods by selecting environmentally friendly products and practicing sustainable use. A revamped view on sustainability and upcycling can encourage such habits and support lasting attachments to textiles.
Working with post-industrial textile waste, Jornot utilizes Zero-waste and upcycling strategies to connect industrial manufacturing with traditional tailoring. Unique varieties are achieved by integrating the diversity of fabric waste into a refined new process.
Alternative values are transferred into the fabric design through adapting specific cultural aesthetics. Selected inserts reflect personality and individuality, appeal to alternative consumer groups, foster lasting attachment, and reevaluate our behaviour towards textiles.
“RaaaR” is for those seeking daring and expressive clothing that reflects individual emotional values and evolve with the wearer. Manufactured in Switzerland, the upcycled and zero-waste garments support local businesses and contribute to the sustainable handling of resources.
Joel Hügli, MA Design 2022, MAD Price'22, Swiss Design Award'23 – ECOMADE - Ecological Mattress Design
Design strategies, recycling concepts and material research for circular mattresses
Why are up to 1 million mattresses disposed of in Switzerland every year and none of them are recycled? The vision of ECOMADE is to initiate a paradigm shift towards a sustainable and circular mattress industry. In view of the fact that 90% of the ecological footprint of mattresses is linked to the materials used, the focus has therefore been on the aspects of materials, recycling and design. Exploratory material and process developments were carried out in collaboration with the industry. This resulted in practical strategies for Swiss mattress manufacturers on how they can become more sustainable and customer-friendly through product design.
With the support of: Mattress Alliance Switzerland, Roviva Roth & Cie and Ikea Foundation Switzerland
Vanessa Feri, MA Design 2022: Ressource change
How can the value of used building components be maintained or even increased in order to render attractive reuse in architecture?
Building components principally lose their value after use which leads them to being scrapped, incinerated or landfilled. The roof tile, being very low priced, represents the major challenges of reuse: Despite its excellent properties it is not worth being reutilized due to additional financial,
logistical and legal risks. This master’s thesis explores strategies for adding value to used building components through a case study with roof tiles and seeks opportunities for their scalability in architecture.
Nora Wagner, MA Design 2022: Selma & Mogli
A call for playful-explorative learning
In a future-oriented labour market, collaborations replace rigid forms of hierarchy. Social competence and self-organisation are gaining in importance. Preparing children for the demands of society is part of the educational mandate of schools, but school is often still dominated by externally guided static learning. In view of social transformation processes, however, there is a need for process-oriented forms of learning that children can actively participate in.
Selma & Mogli therefore stands for «motivating playful-explorative learning and integrating interactive design in a fun way». It opens up creative spaces and combines subject-specific and interdisciplinary competences. A co-creative concept development including documentation and a short film provide insight into the exemplary pilot project.
Angela Wicki, MA Design 2022: Regenerative Education
The Regenerative Education Network is a teachers' network that legitimises and promotes teaching with and in nature.
The network creates space for collaboration and exchange on the topic of teaching outdoors. With monthly and analogue meetings, information and opportunities are with the help of organisations and experts made available. Sharing practical experience and knowledge supports teachers to teach regularly with with students in and with nature. Regeneration means an improved quality of life life for all involved, including nature. The goal is a critically thinking, self-efficient and sensitised generation of pupils who recognise the value of the natural environment and act accordingly. The revolution of regenerative education begins with networking!
Markus Eberhard, MA Design 2021: Improve your design life!
Visual training for creative muscles
Constant doubt about one's creative work, the fear of white paper, and the impression of having to compete with others working in design. Working too slowly, not enough and the feeling of not getting anywhere. These different aspects influence the way visual designers work unpleasantly. Self-doubt paralyzes one's own artistic work, which can develop into creative blockades. I intervene in this situation with a system of solution strategies and visual training. The result is illustrated solutions in the form of a blog, a social media presence and a digital workout that can help creative individuals in their creative work.
Cornelia Gassler, MA Design 2018: Clinker play
Design-driven experiments with machine, material and spatial effect.
Since industrialization, the question of microstructures and rhythms on the facade - of reduction or complexity - has been repeatedly discussed. With this in mind, the practical master's thesis "Clinker Play" explores process- and material-based strategies, and inquires how industrially produced microstructures can be laid out to create complexity and variation appealing to human perception. A modified clay cutter was used to simulate the strand-pressing process commonly used for clinker. Specific interventions were used to experimentally refine the materialization in a multi-layered manner.
Marie Schumann, MA Design 2017: SOFTSPACE
Textile Space Projects
SOFTSPACE deals with the spatial and atmospheric use of textiles in architecture. The project mediates and communicates between people and space. The textile objects exert an atmospheric influence on the space allowing an interactive use and extending previous applications. Thus, new possibilities for the use and application of textiles in architecture are outlined.