Ad Hoc_WalkAroundInventory, Ensemble of furniture, 2015
3 x Ad Hoc_ScrewClamp, discarded furniture,
H 175 x W 130 x D 170 cm
Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Slatted frames, grid plates, fragments of furniture. Sorted out parts for very carefully designed household furniture. Basically still good to use, but isolated, with no connections – and no value. Semi-manufactured materials ready for the trash. Apparently. But recombined using clamps. Sculptural arrangements for daily use. Individual. User friendly.
Peter Schäfer undertook vocational training as a model builder before studying at Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany, under Volker Albus and Hansjerg Maier-Aichen. Schäfer did an internship in Rotterdam at Studio Makkink & Bey and after graduating worked as a freelance designer for BLESS in Paris and for Bjarne Melgaard in New York. Working with companies in crafts and industry, he developed product and object editions that question customary functionality and open up new perspectives on our use of everyday objects. His work is complemented by artistic cooperation with design studios, crafts businesses and universities. In 2014 he was a finalist for the German Design Award in the newcomer category.