Designer Werner Aisslinger recently constructed his take on the "Home of the Future" during Berlin's DMY design show. A series of familiar items 're-designed' the show looked at some very interesting and sustainable ideas. Working with manufacturers including Foscarini, the Behive light; Vitra, the Swing sofa, Level 34 office equipment and the Basket lounger; Porro, the Endless Shelf, and Zanotta, the Soft chaise and Flori chair, Werner Aisslinger has become one of Germany's most well known and prolific designers of household products. But his latest project takes us into the not-too-distant future where industrial production is re-thought and we, the audience, take an active role in the designing process.
Under the curation of Katja Blomberg, the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin hosted Werner Aisslinger’s Home of the Future, a show free from a commercial framework and full of artful visions for the future. Working with a loaded title weighed down by numerous expectations, Werner approached the future home through history. Beginning at the 1960s and 70s with the influences of the moon landing, space ships and the future seen through the eyes of a new frontier in technology, the show continued through to a more contemporary approach that is about systems and ideas that impact daily life. Up-cycling became the approach, resolved around wrapping the façade of the building, and a 1970s porsche parked out the front, with fabric. Why buy a new car when you can decorate your old one so artfully?
Inside ideas for a future of chair farms emerges, instead of industrial production you can grow your own chair in the backyard. A seed for a lamp, a chair, a sofa. It's a poetic idea that opens up a whole range of possibilities. The kitchen is also reinvented. It's not only about cooking but growing your own produce. Not impossible at all when you consider the many programs unfolding now, including city farms. Berlin being one of the most forward thinking cities working in this area. Here Werner puts an emphasis on growing and harvesting what we eat. It's a kind of agricultural laboratory that is all about production, complete with an aquaponic system.
It's an exciting project that raises more questions than answers and puts emphasis on the role of the designer as 're-designer'. In the accompanying film produced by Vernissage TV, Werner discusses the process and philosophy behind the show.