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Design Workshops

Teaching at Heinz-Berggruen-Gymnasium


Sara made a device that allows her grandma to feed the cat without having to bend over.

Photos: Robert Hamacher

Ben designed a table/organization system for a messy friend.

Joelle made fan clothing from her feminist perspective for a friend.

Lewin built a machine that lifts the tea bag out of the cup for his father at just the right moment.

Iren has appointed a found object furniture.

AnÄ‘ela’s sofa add-on brings back memories of childhood cave building.

Emilia’s chair questions status and consumer goods as objects that provide stability.

Salwa’s self-experience chair lets users float above the ground.

Helene’s seat object turns lazy habits into comfort.

Melina’s outfit boosts the skateboard with extra wind power.

From 2019 to 2022, Martha Schwindling conducted design workshops for high-school students at the Heinz-Berggruen-Gymnasium in Berlin. Each year we chose a different task for the students to engage with their designed environment and pursue their individual interests. For the “New Positions” project in 2019, they developed new ways of sitting, standing, moving, and lying down. For “Especially for You” in 2020, they designed an object to improve the life of someone in their own social circle. And for “Social Media” in 2021, they designed new ways to communicate and interact with others.

The workshops are conducted in conjunction with the students’ art teachers and highlight new ways for schools to bring students and professionals together and give students a sense that they can help shape the world in which they live.

  • Workshop conceptualisation and supervision in cooperation with Anja Lapatsch & Annika Unger (2019) and Kimia Amir-Moazami (2020-2022)
  • The workshop fomat was developed by the teachers of Heinz-Berggruen-Gymnasium, UdK Berlin, and Studio Lapatsch Unger