NuThinkers 2019 in retrospect
The "NuThinkers" zone is an opportunity for students, young designers and startups to present their innovative projects concerning connectivity.
Projects at DOMOTEX 2019
Hall 9, stand S18
Among the forward-looking concepts selected for the NuThinkers section of Framing Trends is a project called "A Match!" Developed by Sarah Busching of Wismar University of Applied Sciences (HS Wismar), the project explores the technological aspect of the connectivity megatrend. It involves two swings set up side by side, but separated by a partition, on which two people try to swing in unison. The swings are on a wooden platform, and their cables are attached to metal rods that are equipped with potentiometers to measure rotational resistance. This set-up measures the swing motion of each person, which can then be displayed as waveform graphics on a monitor. The key point is that the participants can only see each other's video image if they are swinging in unison, hence the name, "A Match!" If they achieve a match, the two people get to meet each other. They can then use an app to e-mail their personalized wave graphics and snapshots along with quotes from social media. The app was designed by students from the Communication Design department of Wismar University of Applied Sciences. In this way, the people on the swings are able to connect with the outside world and share their experiences.
Hall 9, stand S15
The NuThinkers zone will also feature "connect it³", another interactive project by another HS Wismar student, Sarah Strenge. Strenge's project is based on triangular modules, each of which is made of two-ply plywood covered with carpet materials of various colors and which can be connected edge-to-edge with other modules to form three-dimensional shapes and sculptural forms. The floor of the display where "connect it³" is set up has light and dark gray areas, effectively demarking the information zone from the interaction zone used for the three-dimensional shapes and sculptural forms. The idea is that, by fashioning various shapes and forms from the carpet triangles, DOMOTEX visitors will interact with the materials and, in doing so, will form a network that changes constantly during the show.
Hall 9, stand S14
Under the name "Digilab", the students Johann Kottmeir, Thorsten Plönzke and Marius Schwald of the Department of Interior Design of the Hochschule Tier analysed the keynote theme "CREATE'N'CONNECT" with the focus on the creation of surfaces. An essential feature of all floor coverings is their structure, color and materiality. Digitized processes can be a huge asset to the flooring industry, with both rapid prototyping and complete customization gaining new meaning.The installation itself is the result of parametrically generated network planning. Trade fair visitors will be able to move through a wave of numerous, inspiring structures.
Hall 9, stand S16
Under their project named Felt it, the "NuThinkers" of the Detmolder School of Interior Design have dared to use felt carpeting in an entirely novel way that utterly transforms a contemporary space. Their submission abstractly visualizes connectivity while at the same time making it tangible. Felt carpeting is the raw material for everything in the space, i.e. the furniture, walls and floor.
The space's futuristic furnishings are all based on felt carpeting, which is by nature rather static. When folded and turned into 3D objects by means of threads, the resulting furniture make a bold and dynamic statement. The room's felt-lined walls and floor call special attention to felt as a material, creating a holistic landscape through which visitors can glide. "Felt it" is a play on words that not only names the material, itself, but also alludes to "feeling" as a tactile sense. So how does it feel to be in an all-felt space? Feel it for yourself – at DOMOTEX 2019!
"The student contributions show a strong desire to engage critically with questions raised by the connectivity theme," comments juror Thomas Hundt. “"Questions like: Who do my data belong to? And: Do I really want to disclose my data? At the same time, we can see in these contributions a certain yearning for physical presence. For example, there are projects that are designed and set up with mathematical precision, but which are then implemented haptically and physically and even involve elements of play."