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Pique nique au bois

Master project, Part 2, 2011

Projectpartners: KISD
Timeframe: 1 month

Fantasy and creativity of a designer see themselves confronted with innumerous restraints in the everyday work-activities. May it be in form of production norms and standards, special client requests, specific material properties and certain trends that are to be considered, may it be the limited possibilities of man and machine or – most essential – financial and temporal restrictions – they all may be understood as constraining factors for a designer.
My Master project deals with this issue of arbitrary-deliberate constraints in the designing and thereby refers to Oulipo-literature and -methods, as an attempt to translate their literature ambitions into design. The attention is put on the creation process, the experimental working and the dealing with the constraints, whereat different phases of the design process or elementary, significantly the design influencing factors are submitted to a regulation.

«Pique-nique au bois» is a picnic-set, made from one single material – ash wood – and using only one production method – the turnery – in one month of time. It picks up the idea behind the rhetorical figure of monovocalism, allowing the use of just one single vowel.