The design studio for interior design in the 4th semester, under the direction of Patricia Hepp and Neil Harkess, deals with process-oriented experimental design methods. The focus is on the designed space around the person, the covering of the body. This "body covering" starts with the clothing and continues into the space, it concerns the enclosure that surrounds us haptically, the objects we deal with every day and the space we move in, the architecture. It is about a critical examination of our living environment, our "living units", which begin with the textile body envelope, but also include the surrounding objects and the architectural space. The observation, the "point of view" is thereby from the inside, starting from the person.
The investigation focuses on the space between the personal self and another whole, a person or an object, the interior or the surrounding architecture. The usually disregarded space between two persons or their body coverings is identified and made visible.
The aim is to explore personal interconnections with the surroundings, the intersections of one's own living space with that of others, the overlapping of body layers. How is an inside and an outside defined, how are the spaces in between and the points of contact with the other? How open are our enclosures, where are there vistas, windows, connecting paths, shortcuts? Which activities connect us to each other and allow us to interact? Often the chronological sequence plays a role here. A route is described, from one to the other.
The outcome were designs in life size, which represent an interspace or sensitize for the perception of interspaces, which represent a model of interdependence, the "interweaving" of units, or which evoke an interaction.
The projects were installed and presented in the different rooms of the university. The working environment of the students was temporarily manipulated by these interventions in order to consciously provoke a new experience of the familiar rooms, paths and work processes.
The individual projects were produced analogously. Since these are "body coverings" in the broadest sense, the use of textiles was evident. Materials such as wood or wire were used for larger, more spacious constructions. The end products are partly portable, partly static, partly sculptural fixed or ephemeral.
The students' projects presented in the following catalogue have titles such as "and we'll meet inbetween" or "Insights out" and describe the distance between two people in various ways, in the observation from outside, when movement sequences are recorded in their phases, or the personal decision how much distance I would like to keep from the other person in a certain emotional state. Another project entitled "Washing Day" refers to the space of movement around a person, which is extremely limited by tightly hung laundry in the corridors and studio rooms. The space between the passers-by and the ceiling or wall is consciously experienced here, because they have to bend down and bend over to make their usual route to the drinks machine. The project "knitted space" refers to the space between the person and the screen, which is enclosed by a knitted tube and thus becomes a private sphere. The dress "the inner child" highlights interpersonal experiences of childhood that only become visible by moving with the dress.
The projects of the 17 course participants were presented in the form of a moving exhibition. The audience went on a parcours and was guided from station to station. In the different rooms and corridors of the university the individual models were presented in their action. A guidance system glued to the floor indicated the way, and each project was titled and partly described by the moderator. After this tour, the students were given more detailed information about the project over a drink.