Germany, Weimar

Things, Things, Things - How the Design of Everyday Objects Affects our Lives

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

Dive into the material world and explore the power of things!

Let’s have a look at how material things have become so important to us!
Our world is full of things and they influence our lives in many ways: they are used, consumed and thrown away. They are collected, arranged, presented and photographed. They are becoming more relevant to our lives and, at the same, time they are becoming more and more superfluous.

Things are woven into social and cultural practices; they establish relationships and shape our lives significantly. Lately, they have been appearing less like passive objects and more like active participants. Things change processes, behaviours, habits and entire environments.


How powerful are everyday things? How do they affect our lives? And how can we be owned by things?

In this course, we will have a closer look at the things that surround us. We will examine whether objects are as passive as one generally thinks. In this context, we will reflect on the role of design and will try to find out why design does not only have an aesthetic side.

Discover new aspects of known things!

We will examine an assortment of things in a structured way. Step by step, we will become familiar with different methods of discovering new aspects of known things. We will try to develop a new view of everyday things that will help us to design things and products.

Especially for the design process, it is important to be aware of the many facets of everyday things. Therefore, it is helpful to inspect real things and analyse their significance, come up with alternatives and explore different methods of how things can be (re-)designed.

A theoretical and practical course

We will read and write texts as well as discuss and try out various research and design methods. We will end up with a flexible "design toolkit" that can be used to help with the improvement of everyday things and broaden our design processes.

Course leader

Konstanze Wimmer

Target group

This course is open to Bachelor's students from the fields of design, art and cultural studies as well as all other interested parties who want to gain an initial insight into the topic.

Course aim

The participants get an overview of the topic material culture. They get to know methods of analysis and design and test them in practical exercises.

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: 2 weeks (90 hrs)
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