Annika Frye’s Experimental Design

Annika Frye is a young German designer making objects that are partly useful but mostly experiment. That modern cliché of “everything has been done”, or in this case, made, can be discouraging to some young artists and designers. But not everybody. Some people find in it a freedom– now that the difficult groundwork has been done, it is time to play. Annika is definitely in the latter group. Her designs are mostly about in what ways we can re-create the things we already have but in the wildest, most unconventional, and cheapest ways possible. Everything she does is at an angle– a table, made out of tape; a chair, that’s half blanket; a seat, that unfolds into a bed. Check out more of her designs and her descriptions thereof after the jump!

The Tapestool can be produced at home-, without using any machines. It is made out of only two materials: 1mm- airplane plywood and mounting tape. Thanks to the inner construction and the bended shape of the bottom side, the stool is lightweight and stable at the same time. The concept behind this design is using a model-making-strategy and translating it into a regular product: The technique of drawing a volume in CAD, unfolding it and printing it out to build a „real“ mock-up out of paper and tape is often used in
design processes. – AF

The lamp Platine provides energy for the equipment on the desktop and helps to clean up the cable chaos. But instead of hiding the cables, this object works as an installation with the cables: The more cables, the better. All parts of this product are readymade – parts, in order to enable self-production at university. There are two shapes of Platine: a single version, and a double version that can be used by larger groups working altogether at one big table. – AF

This object works as a stool and at the same time it can be a chair when it’s leaned against the wall. The first model for the Adhocker Nr. 3 was made with postits that had been glued onto a wooden frame. The idea of the textile surface being the backrest of a chair occured as a byproduct of  that strategy. Ad hoc was the starting point for this project, the rest of the design was a result of a “conventional” design process. – AF

 A blanket fixed to a stool frame offers endless possibilities to improvise with the object. It can serve for several purposes: It is warm and comfortable, it can be carpet, a tablecloth, a shelter, a sculpture, a hidingplace for messy objects or a stool with different heights. The user can find all sorts of configurations with this object by simply folding and rearranging the blanket: It will always look different. – AF


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