Miriam Bohnenkämper and Or Shachar

Miriam Bohnenkämper was born in 1990 in Brilon and lives in London. She studied industrial design in Pforzheim at the Faculty of Design and also at the Bezalel Academy for Art & Design. Furthermore, she has a master’s degree in design and innovation from Goldsmiths University, London. She specialized in toy and product design. Her products have already been exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair and the London Design Festival.

Or Shachar was born in Ramat-David in Israel in 1988 and lives in Jerusalem. He studied industrial design at the Bezalel Academy for Art & Design and the Folkwang University in Essen. After his bachelor’s degree he worked as a transport and industrial designer. Furthermore he teaches design sketching techniques at a preparatory school for academic studies.

“Smart pillow for people with epilepsy”

Miriam Bohnenkämper and Or Shachar developed a concept for a smart pillow for people with tonic-clonic epileptic seizures. The pillow aims to detect seizures and prevent the so-called ‚SUDEP‘ (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy) while sleeping.

The pillow uses different sensors to detect seizures and their indicators. They are linked to an app which allows the user to send out an automatic alarm to a person of trust or in the room itself. 3D mesh textiles inside the pillow reduce the danger of suffocation. Additional self-inflating areas protect the head.

By using a pillow, the user is flexible. Pillows suggest feelings of comfort and security and, unlike other existing epilepsy products, they will not be perceived as a foreign body. The smart pillow will be especially useful for children.


Mathilde Humbert: Mask off

Mathilde Humbert was born in 1993 and grew up in the French Alps. She lives in Saint-Aupre, France. Already in 2011 she obtained the Bachelor of Applied Arts at the Marie Curie College in Échirolles. In 2016, she graduated from the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD) in Switzerland, after an exchange semester in San Francisco. She was recently invited by “Mode Suisse” to introduce her collections, which had been designed up to then.

“Mask off”

In every of Mathilde’s projects, the idea of memory has always been important. To be more specific, the idea of false memory : how the brain tend to modify our own memories, recreating situation that never happened, imagining two people meeting that actually never met. That’s also what she tried to do in this project. Mathilde created surreal textile sculptures, covered with prints. The prints on her clothes are a very surrealistic with fictive person mix with her relatives, or people that she knows from Pforzheim for example. They are colorful, saturated abounding, or black and white, glaucous and disturbing: everything that you can derive from our relationship with others. The shape of the garments though, is an indicator of how she feels; it hides the whole body and face, and evokes our inability of truly interacting and communicating with others; which is the paradox and the idea of the all collection.

Elwy Schutten

Elwy Schutten was born in 1990 in Winterswijk in the Netherlands and lives in Maastricht. In 2011, she completed her goldsmith training at the Schoonhoven vocational school and then studied jewelry design at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts. During this time she worked as a trainee for the well-known jewelry designer Jasmin Matzakow. In 2016 she received the “Encouragemet prize Thesis” from “Art Thesis Zuyd”, in total she was nominated for 2 more prizes.

“How does culture influence your identity?”

When you meet somebody new you know what to do. Culture has taught you that. It taught you what to do and what to feel. It’s like a small certainty in an unsure situation.
Every culture has its own typical figures in jewellery. These figures are full of stories, feelings and behaviour. Elwy Schutten used this figures stamped with the drop hammer into a flat plate, to form a pattern. She asks herself: What do they say in combination? How does the soapstone, the outer layer of your identity relate to this pattern?
How does culture influence your identity?


Philipp Eberle/ Jewelry designer

Philipp Eberle studied at the Faculty of Design of Pforzheim University and worked as a jewelery designer in Pforzheim for two years. Since 2009 he lives and works in Paris. He has created his own brand “The lettering”, a timeless letter ring that reminds of the seal rings. In addition, he designs several well-known labels for renowned labels, including Hugo Boss, Kenzo and Swarovski.

Alexa Pollmann/ Fashion designer

Alexa Pollmann studied fashion at the Faculty of Design of Pforzheim University and Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London. The Londonbased designer established the Peut-Porter platform in 2014, a design collective that explores the body as a cultural medium and the interaction of clothing, technology and science. She conducts the Master´s degree in Wearable Futures at Ravensbourne College, London and holds workshops at institutions such as the ZKM, Karlsruhe, or the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Christiane Nicolaus/ Director of the Design Center Baden-Württemberg

Christiane Nicolaus studied product design with focus on industrial design at the University of Kassel. She worked at HEWI Heinrich Wilke GmbH in Bad Arolsen, initially as a member of the creative team, later as head of the innovation department. This was followed by the management of the team industrialdesign at the agency sieger design, Sassenberg, and the activity as a freelance designer. Since July 2011, Christiane Nicolaus is the head of the Design Center Baden-Württemberg.

Alexander Schlag/ Manager of yellow design gmbh in Pforzheim/ Tokyo

Alexander Schlag studied industrial design at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt. After design studies for Sony and design developments for Pfaff, he began as a product designer at yellow design in Pforzheim in 1999 and became an office manager there later. After merging with the Cologne agency in 2002 he became a member of the management team. In 2009 he founded yellow design GmbH Pforzheim/ Tokyo, together with Günter Horntrich. Now Alexander Schlag is managing director and creative director.