Germany, Weimar

Special Connection – Flexibility in Furniture and Exhibition Design

when 16 August 2020 - 28 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

Furniture and exhibition design – discover the hidden potential of soft connection elements!

In this course, we thus approach the topic of soft connections for furniture and exhibitions elements in an experimental manner!

Connections of furniture and of exhibition elements are usually fixed, screwed or even glued. These rigid connections often conflict with their temporary utilisation - exhibitions are mostly dismantled after just a few days or weeks, and furniture for events is often just used for a couple of hours. Therefore, a rapid installation and dismantling of the elements as well as an easy way to store them is of major importance. Naturally, their primary functions for comfortable sitting and stability should work well, too.

In the part of the course dealing with practical tasks, we test a variety of materials (cable ties, ropes, cords, straps, textiles, and Velcro) and their constructive connection with simple wooden sheet material (MDF, chipboard).
The participants work in small teams to develop a system of stools, benches, tables, and displays for an event during the Bauhaus Summer School. In this way, the developed elements can be directly applied and put to the test in a real-life situation.

A hands-on workshop!

Working with their hands is paramount for the participants in the course. This means that ideas are sketched, drawn, directly built (1:1), and tested. This will not only be a lot of fun for the participants but will also ultimately be the best way to develop functional and aesthetic solutions.
Besides the creation of models and the practical experience with materials and construction, the participants get theoretical input regarding contemporary furniture and exhibitions design.

Course leader

Dipl. Des. Meike Langer

Target group

The course is aimed at students from the fields of art, graphic design, product design, architecture; i.e. all creative subjects, all semesters.

Model making experience with wood is advantageous but not mandatory.

Course aim

In several experimental exercises, participants develop surface designs, i.e. patterns and decors for two-dimensional objects as well as for three-dimensional products. In addition, participants learn about the material glass, its special properties and its traditional manufacturing processes.

Interesting for graphic designers, product designers, interior designers, artists.

Fee info

EUR 700: 2 weeks | 90 hrs

The course fee is 700 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 500: The course fee for students is 500 EUR.


The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar