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Butternutten AG is a Karlsruhe / Marrakesh based design studio run by Oliver-Selim Boualam and Lukas Marstaller. We describe our practice as Super Design Service. See some Work
H-O-T N-E-W-S:Visit www.eSsEnSeSsEnTiaLs.ga to see/buy some fancy pottery we did together with our friends.
Studio Karlsruhe:It's always sunny in Karlsruhe – that's why we live and work here. We like going to the surrounding lakes, having lunch at Yangda or grab some drinks at the Auerhahn.Lorenzstrasse 1576135 KarlsruheGermany
Oli & Luki on a chair and our lovely Mercedes
Studio Marrakesh:Every Autumn we spend some months in our studio in beautiful Marrakesh. Last year we built a fountain on our 2 hectare property to have fresh water all day.Sidi Abbad 4Appt 4 Lot 340000 MarrakeshMorocco
Our Palmeraie and our neighbour's camel Hassan
The studio is located in the Sidi Abbad district in the north of Marrakesh. Our Palmeraie with olive and lemontrees is out of town and a good place to relax.
We still offer limited quantities of our Super Design Service. Please get in touch now, if you are interested.
Upcoming:● ein&zwanzig, Tortona Design Week, Milano, IT
Current:● Kvadrat Canvas Project, Melbourne Design Week, Melbourne, AUS● Open Codes, ZKM Karlsruhe, GER● DIA Exhibition, Folk Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Past:2017● Kvadrat Canvas Project, London Design Festival, London, UK● Artists in Residence at Villa Lena, Tuscany, ITA● Back2Back, Etage Projects, Copenhagen, DK● Container Open, Kunstverein Wagenhalle e.V., Stuttgart, GER● eSsEnSeSsEnTiaLs at EUNIQUE, Karlsruhe, GER● kkaarrlls at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, GER● Lecture at Kunsthochschule Kassel, GER● imm Cologne, Designers Market, GER
2016● Touch Deeper at Lothringer13, Munich, GER● Spielerei at SCHUNCK* Museum, Heerlen, NL● Artist in Residence at LOTTE, Stuttgart, GER● Prospect Hirschberg, Mannheim, GER● Vitra Design Museum Gallery, BLESS N°56 Worker’s Delight, GER● Design Parade 11 at Villa Noailles, Hyères, FR● 100 Beste Plakate at Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung, Bremen, GER● LOTTE Land of the Temporary Eternity, Stuttgart, GER● Salone del Mobile Milano, ITA● Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien, AT● imm Cologne, Pure Talents, GER
2015● ARD Hörspieltage, ZKM Karlsruhe, GER● imm Cologne, GER● Book Fair Frankfurt, The Best German Book Design 2015, GER● Neues Museum für Kunst, Nürnberg, GER● Weltformat 15 Plakatfestival, Luzern, CH● Quartier Général, Biel, CH● Kulturforum, Berlin, GER● Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe, Ettlingen, GER● Kioßk am Rheinhafen, Karlsruhe, GER
2014● Salone del Mobile Milano, ITA● Beyond 3D-Symposium, ZKM Karlsruhe, GER● High Tide, Altes Volksbad Mannheim, GER● Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe, Ettlingen, GER● Architekturschaufenster, Karlsruhe, GER
2013● Oh Tannenbaum, HfG Karlsruhe, GER● Sommerloch, HfG Karlsruhe, GER● ● ●
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Work (Last Updated: April 2018)
The Principles of HidingCamouflage Net: Originally intended for military use with regard to sight protection, the broad-meshed net is designed to be thrown over various objects or an arbitrary area in the room. If guests arrive unexpectedly, the net can be thrown to hide disorder, quickly rendering it invisible. The fabric is formed to tubes around ropes, which can be smocked/gathered. These strings of tube chains and the smocking give the net a certain physicality.Ballistic Blanket: The tear, bite, cut and shock resistant blanket transfers the idea of making security a basic desire of society to the living room. For that the inner lining of the blanket is a cut resistant fabric, made out of a combination of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and other technical fibres. The offender won’t recognize the blanket as a protection tool – on the other side the user gets the impression of lying under a conventional blanket due to the wool fabric.
Collaboration with kvadrat (My Canvas)different sizestextile (Canvas), cut-resistant fabric2017
Body BuddiesBody Buddies is a human body inspired ceramic vases edition for a hospital’s percent for art program. The vases can be used by all patients and visitors and taken to the rooms. Body Buddies questions the idea of a representive work of art and let the user emotionally experience it in a new way. Each vase is a handcrafted one-of-a-kind, illustrating the beauty of the variance of our bodies.
different sizesclay, glaze2017
Work Life Balance FamilyA series of seating objects. Each Stool has a characteristic feature that requires the user to balance during sitting. The family includes the Head Chair, the Cork Chairs and the Toilet Chair. Shown at Worker’s Delight for Vitra Design Gallery together with BLESS. Collaboration with Kvadrat and Amorim.
different materials, different sizes2016
Blue PipeIn the Blue Pipe series, old spectral filters of neon tubes have been partially melted by heat until stuck together and formed without the use of any other material. The series includes variations in vases and lamps.
Recycled PVC25cm x 5cm x 5cm2017
New FolderNew Folder is a Mac OS inspired carpet. It adapts the folder as omnipresent symbol of our working environment. The living room as desktop. It surprises and confuses by materiality and dimension. Thus New Folder acts not only as manifestation of our information society, he urges at the same time the steadily moving commensurability of work and private. In his function as a rest area, New Folder forms a counterpole for this development.
Pure Argentinia wool240cm x 190cm x 5cm2017
Ping Pong PlaygroundPLAY is a pingpong table. The playground is defined by colour patterns. Its first edition was shown at Projektraum LOTTE in Stuttgart. Ping Pong Playground is a collaboration with Louis Kohlmann (Projektraum LOTTE).
274cm x 152cm x 76cm2016
As High As BestA stainless steel tube bent into an angled U shape, powder coated in asbest-black, with a cable through it, As High As Best adapts the custom of improvised seating in a public space to form a precise and dynamic shape. Considering the regulations for materials and structures in locations where people stay temporarily (bus stops, playgrounds, train stations), the swing design switches the relationship between function and standard. As High As Best is part of our Kiossk project.
80cm x 50cm x 3cm2015Design Intelligence Award 20172nd place at PURE TALENTS Contest 2016, imm ColognePart of Design Parade 11 at Villa Noailles
Putt Putt Persian 1Minigolf is a sport for everyone. Regardless of age, gender, physical condition or physical challenge, it is a great way to build friendships and to exercise, while providing an opportunity for personal challenge and growth.
Putt Putt Persian is a series of minigolf courses made out of real handknotted persian carpets. PPP1 (Putt Putt Persian 1) its first edition and was shown at UND #8 in Karlsruhe.
240cm x 90cm x 20cm2015Part of Design Parade 11 at Villa Noailles
TWOTWO is a table. Circle and square, two primary shapes, are bent in a 90° angle across their symmetry axes and positioned on top of each other. The arrangement of the known seems both time-tested and new. The square basis provides stability. The circle hides and builds the tabletop. Units in several colors allow for modular variation. The combination of two make for a flat circular tabletop.
45cm x 45cm x 23cm20162nd place at PURE TALENTS Contest 2016, imm Cologne
KiosskKiossk adopts the concept of the temporary alternative space: an art venue in a (typically disused) urban location that offers new possibilities for art and culture. But the stage on which Kiossk's experiments are presented is not the inside of the building, but rather the black-painted sculptural form of its architecture. Its exterior surfaces constitute a changeable display for exhibitions, installations, and events, calling the very function of exhibition spaces into question. Its position between industrial and red-light districts turns it into a mediator. The exterior space is defined by 16 swings (As High As Best) that are affixed to the edges of the building's roof, presenting an opportunity to stay and play a while. Inside, visitors are greeted by shelves stocked like those of a conventional newsstand – with the difference that the standard offerings have been infiltrated by design products.
A new kiosk will be opened in spring 2017
STHLSTHL is the minimal chair. Two wooden sticks and rubber. STHL reduces sitting to a minimum without neglecting its function, both in regard to its design and handling. It provides comfortable support to relieve the leg muscles, for example during lectures or exhibitions, while still requiring a certain amount of movement. Due to its lightness STHL is highly mobile.
80cm x 50cm x 4cm2014edited by kkaarrlls
KEYKEY is a set consisting of two inflatables: a key and a starter lock. The shape is based on an original Renault Twingo key.
420cm x 140cm x 100cm160cm x 160cm x 60cm2015
Garten der ReligionenAs part of the festivities surrounding Karlsruhe's 300 year anniversary, the "Garten der Religionen" (Garden of Religions) was opened on November 24th, 2015. We designed 30 lasercut corten-steel plates reproducing quotes from five world religions which structure the garden's architecture. This project was carried out in cooperation with Helleckes Landschaftsarchitektur.
2015Thanks to Dinamo.us (Grow)
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High TidePoster and Corporate Identity for the exhibition "High Tide – Neue Medienkunst im Alten Volksbad". It was curated by Max Negrelli and part of the "Lichtmeile 2014" festival in Mannheim (Germany). For the poster, we developed a method for corrugating the screen printed glossy material to give it an appearance of waves. It was selected as one of the "100 beste Plakate 14" (100 Best Posters 14).
100cm x 70cmlimited to 100 pieces
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