Merry Christmas and Happy 2014

We wish all our friends, clients, customers, followers, and everyone else a very relaxing and calm Christmas and a successful and productive start into 2014.

KISD Open Factory

Together with Marcel Odenbach, Hans Sachs from responsive design studio runs a workshop 2D>3D at the KISD Open Factory at the Köln International School of Design.

The 2-day event with various workshops and panel discussions on Nov 29th and 30th addresses the open scource and maker movement and brings people from different professional fields together to experiment, develop and fabricate. Students can still register for several workshops on the conference's webpage (above).

The CONE at Voodoo Experience New Orleans 2013

Like every year in November, our ConeV2 was part of the Voodoo Experience Music and Art Festival in New Orleans, LA, USA. For more pictures of the event click here..

Beside well known bands like Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and Kid Rock, the Cone was -again- one of the main attractions on the festival area in New Orleans City Park. The Cone has been installed at the festival every year from 2009.

Symposium Transmaterial Aesthetics in Berlin

Hans Sachs of responsive design studio has presented his paper "bended - material and process informed design computation" at Transmaterial Aesthetics Symposium in Berlin at the Aedes Network Campus Berlin, on October 2nd, 2013(see programm below). We especially thank Prof. Matthias Ludwig (Hochschule Wismar, Fakultät Gestaltung) and AA Dipl. Sandra Loschke (Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney) for the organisation of the event. The symposium abstracts can be downloaded here.

Spatial Positions 5 - The Land Workshop

From 31.08.2013 - 22.09.2013 the exhibition "Spatial Positions 5 - The Land Workshop" at the SAM  Swiss Architecture Museum displays important steps the collaboration project "The Land", which is located in the north of Thailand near the town Sanpatong, twenty kilometres southwest of the city of Chiang Mai.

Final Presentation of "Folds & Spaces" at CIAD

Students of the the Folds & Spaces bachelor module present their conceptual and experimental works on a folded architectural structure which they developed during the summer semester 2013. 


One of the concepts will be chosen by a jury to be realized as "CIAD pavillon" in the courtyard of the faculty of architecture at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.
Special guests will be Dipl. Ing. (FH) Klaus Wetzstein from 3A Composites AG , Gregory Epps - founder of Robofold Ltd., Prof. Andreas Muxel - chair of interface design at KISD and more...
The event starts at 16:00 Uhr (4 pm) in Room 323 at CIAD - Cologne Institute for Architectural Design (IWZ Altbau, Köln-Deutz)

The modul was kindly supported by 3A Composites AG


CurveCube is a very spontaneous proposal for a walk-through, human-scale pavilion made from corrugated cardboard.


Strongly influenced by the original Eames Elephant from 1945 this piece of kids furniture was designed and prototyped early 2012. It was produced from 3M Alucobond and milled using a 3-axis CNC router at ETH Zürich's Raplab.

ALIVE2013 Pictures and Videos

Pictures and Videos of the ALIVE2013 - international symposium on adaptive architecture are now online.

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ALIVE2013 was hosted at the Chair for CAAD, ETH Zürich on July, 8th 2013.

Dingfabrik Köln e.V. gets new workspace

The Dingfabrik Köln e.V., Cologne's first and community based FabLab, where Hans Sachs of responsive design and our partner Sebastian Bächer of Tischlerei Bächer GmbH are active members, moves from the the old "Deutz Gasmotorenwerk" to a new 500 sqm workspace in Cologne Nippes.

Spiegel-Online Artikel über die Dinfabrik

ALIVE2013 - international symposium on adaptive architecture

July 8th, 2013 / 9:00 - 18:00
Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, ETH Zürich-Hönggerberg, HPZ Floor F

Speakers include:
Prof. Ludger Hovestadt (ETH Zürich, CH), Prof. Philip Beesley (University of Waterloo, CA), Prof. Kas Oosterhuis (TU Delft, NL), Martina Decker (DeckerYeadon, US), Claudia Pasquero (ecoLogicStudio, UK), Manuel Kretzer (ETH Zürich, CH), Tomasz Jaskiewicz (TU Delft, NL), Jason Bruges (Jason Bruges Studio, UK), Areti Markopoulou (IAAC, ES), Ruairi Glynn (UCL, UK), Simon Schleicher (Universität Stuttgart, DE), John Sarik (Columbia University, US), Stefan Dulman (Hive Systems, NL)

Folded PenCup

this folded pen cup was developed by exploring simple curved foldings with HyLite® by 3A Composites. The composite material is usually milled on both sides of a sheet to have a flexible fold but here it resulted perfectly for a fixed, one-side-milled folding in terms of stiffness, material stability and bendability.

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Quarter Iso Grid Cardboard Surfboard Study

Inspired and led by Mike Sheldrake's cardboard surfboards we created a fully parametric grasshopper definition, that generates a cardboard connector system as 3D model. With this tool, which we created in a "spare time project" , you can load in and process almost any surfboard shape you want...

DIY Design

Very nice article by Jon Openshaw about responsive design studio and our philosophy, published today on The LiP - Luxury in Progress.
The text is based on an interview we gave earlier this week and emphasizes our desire to create design that goes beyond the conventional idea of a static architecture. Read the full article here.

mcbw impressions

Some impressions of last weeks exhibition at the Munich Creative Business Week. Thanks a lot to Editors' Collection for the great space design, the organisation and for setting it all up. Great Job. All products can also be purchased through their website.

munich creative business week

We're happy to announce that some of our products (Durian and Chick 'n' Egg Chair) will be exhibited from 21.02. - 24.02 during the mcbw- munich creative business week - moments.

The setup is organised by Editors's Collection, our local reseller, and joined by two Munich based design offices: Formagenda and uocu.
You'll find the exhibition in the reception area of the old congress hall at Theresienhöhe.

The Thought Exchange by Parker Hannifin

A number of Chick'n'Egg Chairs were exhibited at an event on 22nd & 23rd January 2013.
The exhibition, "The Thought Exchange by Parker Hannifin"was designed and photographed by Clarity Creative, UK.

Tong Zi Dan

Tong Zi Dan is a series of generatively designed vases made from dental gypsum.

The objects were produced during the CAAD Wahlfach Praxis Course Chinaware, ETH Zürich. The shapes were designed together with Knut Brunier and produced with the help of Tom Roberts.

The initial egg design gets randomly populated by a cloud of points which form the center for surfaces that trim the shape perpendicular to its curvature. A generative algorithm (Galapagos) is then used to create the area of all faces within a certain min/max range. Finally the faces are unrolled and laid onto a flat sheet to allow the production of the mold with a laser cutter.

Pleated Meadows - IBA Basel 2020 competition entry

This is our proposal for the IBA Basel 2020 idea competition in the area Weil am Rhein (D) / Village Neuf (F).
Our strategy is to use the continuously changing water level of the river Rhine to create meadows which are differently flooded at different times of the year. This will result in a dynamic landscape that offers a variety of activities and new habitats for endangered species. The proposed environment, which can gradually change throughout the seasons, but also significantly within just a few hours, will form a trans-regional point of attraction and revalue both, the French and the German side of the river.