In this two-week workshop, we will design and build one piece of seating furniture for each landscape. The starting point is an extensive walk through the diverse tri-border region of Basel. The selection and analysis of a specific location and its appropriation as a seat means to position oneself personally. The conditions for the design are derived from the reference to the site as well as the intentions for a specific use. The design is then developed in confrontation with material and constructional requirements. The subsequent implementation takes place in the Vitra Design Museum workshop or directly in the (urban) landscape, where it is presented and discussed with guest critics.
Our experimental approach refers both to the concept of the seating furniture and to its realisation. The direct, personal implementation of the design enables us to gain experience of craftsmanship and to question design processes. The possible materials (wood, metal, textiles, plastics, etc.) and their processing and joining techniques (glueing, screwing, welding, sewing, moulding) are introduced, and the construction of the furniture is practically supported.
An ambitious supporting programme accompanies the work process: we gain an insight into the furniture production of various companies and learn about the classics of furniture design in the Vitra Schaudepot. In the tradition of walking science, landscape architectural explorations of the Basel region are related to the task at hand, this year with a focus on vegetation and geology. The Summer School will be an intensive experience thanks to the on-site accommodation, joint lunches and the continuous work practice.