New Farmers – 2020

Early this year DesignFarm accepted seven new ventures. Five of them started right away in February. We are very excited to support:

Silke Hofman who is exploring (PhD) and creating a bra for women after post-mastectomy;

"Same" team of Nadine Auth and Aeneas Stankowski, developing a prototyping methodology and a software based on machine learning;

Anton Papenfuss with his modular microarchitecture;

Tim van der Loo creating new textiles out of recycled materials;


Vinter, Adrian Haase & Julian Goretzky, introducing a new service design for mobility

With this wide range of topics and aspects we are bringing new attitude into social contexts and hope to challenge a bit the current start-up scene with experiment and human touch. Until the next post and cheers to the newcomers!



Dutch Design Week Highlights


DesignFarm at Dutch Design Week 2019


DesignFarmBerlin exhibits at Dutch Design Week at Weem, Floor 3.

Sensetainable“* is a playful approach of young design-driven companies from DesignFarmBerlin to showcase new co-creation concepts.
The group "Sensetainable", represented by „ILPS“ - Madeleine Marquardt, „SinnAesthetik“ - JiHye Kang and Victor Gonzalez, „urban:eden“ - Paulina Grebenstein, „Cooking New Material“ - Youyang Song as well as „Coffee Composer“ - Xinyue Yang and Antonia Nandori, pursues to demonstrate experimental, interactive developments that involve the user into a manufacturing process, make the user a co-developer and motivate the user to change the status quo.



Welcome to the farm!

Another workshop at the DesignFarm. Two intensive days, with great innovations. It was all about product development, programming, production, benefits, business models and of course design.
We wish all new farmers an inspiring season and look forward to seeing you!

Read more for the photo gallery.


Next Application #03

To all designers with design-in-tech innovations and founder spirit!
We are entering the next funding round and are looking forward to new founders and start-up teams.

Send your ideas and concepts to start@designfarmberlin.de





DesignFarm 2.0 roll-out. The sowing-seed-season begins!

On February 27th & 28th 2018 DesignFarmBerlin selected the third batch of ventures that will work towards launching their products for the period of 6-12 months. We are happy to announce here the current founders:

Jonas Schneider and Valentin Landau from LS301 exploring human-robot collaboration

Kristina Huber, Stephan Bethge und Florian Frenzel from Foam Synthesizer creating new music tools

Eric Esser investigating the essence and the potential of 3D print

Maria Braun from Univessels with innovative home ware to simplify our daily lives

Yomi Ajani with Ultrabar  - a radical assistant system for biking

Bernardo Agiles-Busch with AudioGait  - a system to detect movement and translate it into audio feedback


Leon Laskowski, an agent for change, working at the intersection of materials and technologies




This summer ADDITIVE ADDCITED supports the project TON STEINE ERDEN (CLAY STONES EARTH) that takes place at Art Academy Berlin Weißensee and which is part of the greenlab. Currently, the greenlab deals with the manifold relations between Berlin and Brandenburg, in particular it concentrates on a region in the south-east called Oder-Spree. For a long time the natural resources of this region have been sand, wood, coal and clay – by using these natural resources, countless brickyards around Berlin produced construction materials for the flourishing capital. In view of promoting a sustainable building culture, the TON STEINE ERDEN project would like to once again emphasize those cultural and material resources and attempts to develop suitable and sustainable positions referring to the architectural structures that constitute a space: Ceramic and modular surfaces, tiles, bricks and building blocks of all kinds are under examination and are reconsidered in their manufacturing procedure and design.

“The project will give an introduction into working with ceramic materials and technologies from traditional and manual techniques to industrial ones, and it will deal intensively with the potentials of digital tools associated with design and manufacturing procedures of architectural ceramics. An important module in the project will be ceramic 3D-printing, its tool-free and additive procedure allows easily complex undercuts, coiled structures, and even the realisation of only one item becomes efficient with that technology.”
Prof. Barbara Schmidt

In that context, ADDITIVE ADDICTED is responsible for imparting the whole process of ceramic 3D-printing and we support the students in the planning and execution of their concepts. In May 2017 we began with an intensive workshop that inducted the students into ways of working with a ceramic 3D-printer: They learned more about the process itself and the characteristics of the semi-fluid ceramic paste. We've expanded on different strategies of generating data and have explored a wide range of examples to expose the potential as well as the limits of this technique. Further, we gave an well-founded introduction to the slicing-software Repetier Host. Repetier Host is not only the printer's virtual desktop but it also provides different slicing tools which offer a basis to generate the Gcode and to control the printer's settings. In the second part, the students started to print their own designs. By doing so, they experienced how they can adapt their digital CAD files according to material and technological properties and they realize that even the post-processing of slicing offers a wide range of creative possibilities. In the workshop we used a non-industrial clay that originally came from a forest in Brandenburg near the little village Sauen. To achieve a printable material, the clay was cleaned and processed in such a manner that it finally had the right properties and consistency. In the following weeks we will continue to support the project with our ceramic 3d-printing expertise. We will help to optimize the ceramic materials and we'll give support to adapt designs to the restrictions of the printing process.

Authors: Babette Wiezorek & Dawei Yang

More information: http://additiveaddicted.de/


UX.FTT and Esther Zahn on air

Esther Zahn have met the radio journalist Dennis Kastrup from Berlin based radio.eins. They speak about the development in Fashion Tech Design, 'Soundstoffe' and choreographies that produce their own music.
Recall the complete dialogue on radio.eins: Fashion Tech Design


On Design-in-tech, novel textiles and 8th of March

It‘s been almost six months since the first ever Design-in-tech Accelerator – DesignFarmBerlin came to life: An initiative supporting designers in placing their product ideas on the market. In times when accelerators in Berlin urge for scale and cash streams our approach can be regarded as kind of odd.

Firstly, we focus on ideas that bridge design and technology. Design is the cradle for innovation and technology is what makes it sparkle. Numerous examples from the industry, AirBnB, Snapchat, Pinterest, prove this approach to work successfully: technology has to be perfected in a meaningful way to become profitable.

Secondly, we offer a very customized program to each of our „farmers“. We connect them with industrial and research partners to broaden their horizon and involve them in a conversation within their industry sector. This way, we create an individual ecosystem for each farmer to eventually sharpen their vision.

Finally, we cultivate the culture of debate. Through this debate, the farmers can shape their product or service idea.

Currently, five ventures are nurtured at the farm: Shortcut, dadamachines, Hilanderia, UX.FTT and Dynamic Fabrics. The three latter ones are run by women working in the area of textiles and fashion.

UX.FTT paves the way in the area of wearables electronics. The founder behind it, Esther Zahn, explores the integration of thin-film sensors into textiles. One of her recent developments is a music garment. The sensing approach, however, can be also applied to control other objects and equipment to create smart environments, known as a smart home or an e-vehicle. As a fashion designer, Esther investigates the aesthetics of arranging electronics in a user-friendly and appealing way.

Hilanderia from Sara Rodriguez is a prototype of a digital yarn spinning machine designed to precisely control and modulate the properties of a yarn e.g. yarn thickness or yarn material combinations. Although the machine is now at a prototype level, the first patterns have been produced. The field of application for this new technique is extremely wide: from fashion design, home textiles to technical textiles. As a next step, Sara strives to demonstrate these new capabilities of „desktop-designed“ fabrics to young fashion design labels in Berlin and to scale the concept for industrial production. Currently, Sara is working on a fashion collection together with a Berlin-based fashion designer, Nathalie Krueger. In a fashion city like Berlin her approach promises to become a huge success.

Ursula Wagner is a textile designer who specializes in industrial weaving technologies. She creates bespoke large-size 3D textiles and flexible solutions for interior architecture. With a sense for innovative material combinations and her technological expertise, she develops sophisticated fabric constructions according to the site-specific design brief. She is now joining her efforts to showcase her Dynamic Fabrics to potential customers. You can admire her works at the permanent collections of Grimmwelt Kassel* and at Audax TextielMuseum Tilburg as well as in her studio in Berlin-Schoeneberg.

On March 8-9th, 2017 DesignFarm organizes the second workshop for new applicants at Fab Lab Berlin. This time, the applicants will have a chance to join us for the Meet&Pitch on Design-in-tech at the Factory Berlin and discover the vibrant start-up scene of Berlin

Feel free to join us on March 8th at 6 pm at the Factory to celebrate the creativity of designers.

Press contact: Anastasia Zagorni, anastasia.zagorni@designfarmberlin.de

*Ursula Wagner & TheGreenEyl Berlin, Installation WORTARBEIT, Grimmwelt Kassel 2015


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