During the process of making FIKA? I started to develop additional sets to celebrate the coffee break. One idea that was driven further was a set of bowls for hot chocolate. The hemisphere bowls are filled and sealed with chocolate. Dropping the resulting ball let the two spheres split. Hot milk then melts the chocolate. Stirring with little spoons made of cookie dough helps mixing the chocolate and the milk. I made rings and half rings made of porcelain and ash wood to create a better stand for the bowls.

The product consists of three parts - two cups, one pastry and a plate that is supposed to be for carrying and protecting the table from dripping coffee. The cups have a cut on one side. This cut makes it easier to hang the pastry onto the cups. The cups are made of slip casted porcelain. I tried different colors ranging from light grey to darker blue-grey. Only the inside of the cup is glazed. The outside is sanded, for a better grip and a stone-like feeling to the hands. Later in the process I made a stamp to mark every cup with a FIKA? logo.

My aim for this project was to create a product that emphasizes the ritual of Fika similar to a religious ceremony or practice. I wanted it to be a unity of coffee (cups) and pastry that wants to be broken and shared together.  started the project experimenting with different pastries and kinds of dough.  The idea of breaking a unity of cups and pastry appealed to me the most. It reminds me of the religious habit of breaking and sharing the bread.  I decided to design a piece of pastry that is a visual sign for connection. My inspiration came from knots that tie things together. The dough that I wanted to use was yeast dough. It is easy to knot, well-known and a popular in Sweden. The pastry is supposed to hang tightly onto both cups and connect them this way.

Fika [fee-KA] is a social coffee break with one‘s colleagues, friends, date or family, usually accompanied by sweet, baked goods. Fika is all about sharing enjoyment, community and social interaction. It is a peaceful break from stressful everyday life and not a quick coffee“to go”.  Fika is a Swedish custom with a long tradition. Traditionally seven different kinds of pastry are served with the coffee.

My initial intention for this project was to create a product that is based on community and team work and emphasizes the ritual character of this common habit.

Die einzelnen Kisten sind handlich und lassen sich gut transportieren. Die Module lassen sich reihen und stapeln ohne komplizierte Verbinder. Das System ist jederzeit erweiterbar. Außerdem lassen sich die Boxen, für den Fall, dass sie nicht gebraucht werden, in ihre Einzelteile zerlegen und können platzsparend, bis zum nächsten Einsatz, gelagert werden. Die Boxen lassen sich samt dem Inhalt transportieren. Ohne großen Aufwand, können die geöffneten Boxen verschlossen werden und sind sofort bereit für den Transport.

Im Rahmen meines Bachelorprojekts habe ich UP entwickelt, ein modulares Regalsystem, bestehend aus einzelnen Boxen, in drei verschiedenen Größen, die sich für unterschiedlichste  Anwendungsmöglichkeiten beliebig stapeln, reihen oder hängen lassen. UP ist ein Behältnismöbelsystem, das eine flexiblere und mobilere Nutzung von Behältnismöbeln im Raum und von Raum zu Raum, aber auch von Haus zu Haus generieren soll. 

Die Boxen bestehen aus einem zweiteiligen Blechmantel und Seitenwänden aus Kiefernsperrholz. Kleine Zähne an den Seitenteilen fassen genau in ebenso große Aussparungen im Blechmantel. Zusammengehalten werden Seiten- und Blechteile durch Bänder,  die mittels Schnallen gespannt werden.

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Brotige Brotbrettchen by Steffi Unsleber, die taz (12.04.2014)

Trixie -  glasses inspired by feminine elegance of the 1950s combined with modern colours, materials and textures

In May 2012 a workshop related to the project Sitzen.Draußen Sitting.Outside took place in the Polish city of Gliwice. Student project groups from Germany and Poland were invited. Mixed teams were meant to find new solutions for public spaces in Gliwice. All workshop results and our semester projects were exhibited in a local gallery after the four-day workshop.

exhibition Alltagshelden @ DMY 2012 International Designfestival

Altagshelden is a cooperation of the artschool berlin weißensee and the VIA workshops berlin weißensee. More information about the project on www.alltagshelden-berlin.de