Matthias Gschwendtner


New Sources is a case study using leftover materials from wood industry through an interconnection of 3d-scanning, computational design and robotic manufacturing. Raw birch branches are first 3D-scanned and then virtually processed by algorithms to constantly recalculate the production data for each individual part of an object. Due to the irregularity of the material every object becomes a unique piece, even if it is serially produced. The precisely milled surfaces and edges that appear all around the object stand in contrast to the raw branch surface and display the intersection between nature and technology. Birch bark partly remains and becomes a natural ornament to keep the original character of the material alife. The chair is the first object of this case study that criticizes global wood consumption and questions the standardization of natural grown materials in the domestic environment.

Mentor: Prof. Axel Kufus





Tobias Bihlmeyer & Ivo Erichson

TROJAN VACUUM is our initial project that combines the functionality of an industrial vacuum cleaner with the aesthetic and beneficial qualities of minimalistic furniture design. The application of biodegradable materials such as
cork offers integration into the circular material flow, reducing its footprint lastingly. We were also focused on a repairable design and the reduction of plastics to a minimum. Together with the aesthetic and the transformative qualities this creates a long-lasting and sustainable product that considers the fact that the average usage of a vacuum is only 16 minutes per
week. With the Start-up EOTH (Eyes On The Horizon) we will bring back the “home” into home appliances.
Through manufacturing small home appliances like the TROJAN VACUUM, which are easily repairable, we want to offer a sustainable choice to consumers.

Mentor: Prof. Hermann Weizenegger


Tau Pibernat & Vera Castelijns

Urban Fibers collaborates with a community of designers and changemakers that work on developing circular economies. They offer solutions to initiate a transition towards a regenerative textile industry by activating local garment waste as a raw material. They transform discarded t-shirts into yarns that they optimized for digital manufacturing technologies such as knitting, weaving and rope making. By using innovative digital tools they revolutionize the notion of recycling textiles and its potential in local production. They harvest colors from waste and reuse them while sketching production models for a more sustainable textile landscape.

Mentorin: Prof. Zane Berzina




Sara Smed & Patricia Wagner

Sustainability is essential and means a radical change towards a more holistic thinking on all levels within the
fashion industry. The goal of SMED.WAGNER is to evolve into a progressive and reliable brand based on an intelligent use of new technologies and a conscious qualitative approach towards manufacturing. The team operates in a colorful and energetic multiverse driven by a fascination with their past, present and potential future when it comes to traditional craft, current tendencies and innovative new technologies. Their daily mantras embrace the concepts of playfulness, intuition and connection
while they practice patience on the path to develop the necessary infrastructure for expressing their creativity.

Mentor: Prof. Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen


Cindy Valdez & Nick Perillo

Today the earth’s biodiversity is being lost at an alarming rate. Design has the power to communicate ideas and transform the way we understand the world. The diversity of the natural environment, of food and of locally sourced materials are brought together in the realisation of functional 3D printing local clay. The aim of our work is to create awareness of the natural origin of the products while they are being used. The printing of 3D ceramics enables the production of a unique series of functional tableware. With their aspects, the products create an aesthetic connection to their original material and their provenance. In this process, nature becomes a central element of design.

Mentorin: Prof. Barbara Schmidt


Dani Nikitenko

Have you ever felt discomfort when it comes to intimate health? If yes, you’re not alone. The social stigmatization often reaches so far, that the own body becomes a taboo topic. We believe: By changing the conversation itself, we can change the way people engage with intimate health on a larger scale. GYNTASTIC develops services and products to strengthen body literacy. Through their offers, they empower those who work in gynecology practices as well as patients and other interested parties. It all started with “Beside blood – cycle exploration”, the product series of objects to explore cycle-related changes in the body. Each tool deals with one aspect of the cycle: changes in the cervix, basal body temperature, cervical secretion, breast and menorrhea. GYNTASTIC aims to provide emancipatory solutions to improve intimate health for all

Mentor: Giulia Tomasello


Nick Morgan-Jones

Nick is building Budds. Earbuds that adapt the sound around you to make every word you hear crisp and clear. Hearing technology has always been stigmatised and associated with disability and ageing. This is a big reason why 80% of people who could benefit from hearing technology don’t. I’m bringing a hearable to the market that people want to wear!


Mentor: Florian Holstein


Karina Wirth und Gabriela Kapfer


What’s in the sun?

Sunkolor, developed by Panorama Fabrics, promises to protect the user in times of the progressive climatic change and the associated rising UV load from the not noticeable UV-radiation. The product is small and flexible in its use. It promises to promote awareness and handling of solar radiation in a growing urban society. In this way, the wearer regains a free and healthy contact with the sun, whether during an outdoor activity or a walk in the city park.




Mentor: Prof. Nils Krüger




Xinyue Yang


Story-telling for kids realtime.

“Word to World” is an animation software to enable storytelling for kids and with kids. It is based on and simple visual language, colorful animations and easy motion dynamics to inspire new generations to become creators of they own stories that can go viral one day.



Mentor: Prof. Carola Zwick 




Katharina Beitz & Johannes Müller


We create space to breathe. 

At Resilient Resident and we are creating a modular, scalable, and adjustable framework to be installed on almost every roof – even on undeveloped rooftops. Just in Berlin, more than 40 mio. sqm of rooftops are left empty. This framework will provide access to GreenTech companies and for residents living under that roof. The last months made it absolutely clear, a global supply chain is neither reliable nor sustainable and we will challenge that. In a Beyond Corona world , it will be paramount to re-localize and de-centralize many aspects of our daily lives.



Mentor: Prof Carola Zwick