Christian Guder

De-Ikea / 2005

Concept Design - Ikea Global meets High-Tech from Thuringia

The initial point for this conceptual project was the Swedish furniture empire IKEA. The idea was to add a local "design touch" to the products and thus to "de-globalize" the omnipresent appearance. This is to realize by the various designers from different places who are asked to consider the products from "their local" IKEA as material, to manipulate them, to complete or to transform their function. Existing products go through an additional technical or automatic process and are thus enhanced.

"Welcome to the think tank" - Thinking runs in the blood of Thuringian people. Important inventions and innovations originate from Thuringia. The Thuringian image campaign "think tank" invites investors and qualified employees to get to know the country's vitality. The remodeled chair "Snille" refers to the high potential of the country. The IKEA seat shell is based on high tech from Thuringia. In this case on a resistant and heat-proof borosilicate glass produced in a unique micro float procedure, developed by Schott Glass GmbH (Jena).


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Christian Guder is a Berlin based Product, Interface and Interaction Designer. He is operating at the interface between art, design and technology. After an apprenticeship as industrial mechanic at Leica Microsystems, Jena he studied at the Bauhaus-University Weimar Product Design.The past two years, Christian Guder gained practical experience working as a project manager and interface designer at Christopher Bauder`s Studio - WHITEvoid interactive art&design, Berlin, Germany. This involved realising international projects ranging from installations, to user interfaces for museums and trade shows targeting appeal to the public. Furthermore, through my apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic, I am highly skilled in mechanical engineering. I believe an ever growing range of technologies will be introduced into our environments in the future. Our task as designers is to take this growth in the field of industrial engineering and form it through good design that makes the technology accessible to the customer. Christian Guder Portfolio gives you a introduction to my work.
Christian Guder ist ein in Berlin ansässiger Produkt-, Interface und Interactiondesigner. Er Arbeitet im Spannungsfeld zwischen Kunst, Design und Technologie. Nach seiner Ausbildung als Industriemechaniker bei Leica Microsystems GmbH, Jena studierte er an der Bauhaus Universität Produktdesign. In den vergangenen zwei Jahren sammelte er umfangreiche Erfahrung als Projektmanager und Interfacedesigner im Büro von Designer Christopher Bauder - WHITEvoid interactive art&design, Berlin. Hierbei lag sein Schwerpunkt auf der Realisierung von internationalen Projekten im Beriech interaktiver Installationen, Hardwaregestaltung sowie dem Design von Benutzeroberflächen für Messen, Museen und diversen Festivals. Durch seine technische Ausbildung als Feinmechaniker besitzt er besondere mechanische Fähigkeiten. Mein Portfolio gibt Ihnen einen Einblick in die kreative Arbeit der vergangenen Jahre.