In addition to her design work Willmann also lectures in technology and construction at the Bauhaus in Dessau. "I just love to experiment and build models. The final product is often completely defined during this process", says Willmann, who particularly enjoys employing original and unexpected combinations of materials and new production technology.
Linoleum is currently one of her favorite natural flooring materials, and in her hands it is reminiscent of the clear lines and aesthetic of Bauhaus.
Further information: www.hannewillmann.com
Celebrating craft traditions and creating authenticity for today - a statement
"Much of today's flooring design is about imitation. Why not go back to being authentic and taking pleasure in what has already been created?
My grandfather came to Germany in 1953 and established a carpet and parquet flooring business, which he passed on to his sons. This personal and family connection, steeped in tradition, gave me an insight into the whole process of production: the unrolling of linoleum, the piecing together of parquet floors, and the many hours of sandblasting and polishing. By drawing attention to existing techniques, I hope to foster a new appreciation of these traditional craft skills. I would like to experiment: with dyes, interactive techniques, design, materials, tools and processes – without losing sight of the true character and beauty of craft skills. Drawing inspiration from how something is actually made, I want to develop a new authenticity, and celebrate the practical business of designing floors."