To break rules, to play around with the normative and defined, always makes things more fascinating in the way we define our world. One could say that there is a kind of revolutionary potential in the world of objects. Every object that surrounds us offers – via its tactile and fixed parameters – the possibility of imagining it in other dimensions, other materialities. Precisely the one form that is the shape of the object at the end of the process gives us, as designers, the possibility to think of it otherwise, to think in worlds that are not ours. Instead of adapting an adaptation we simply take what we encounter daily and work with that. With these transformations, new refreshing possibilities of use emerge and the known world is widened. They offer a pleasurable alternative to the redundant everyday life of the world of objects.
Textile in general is a material that surrounds us all the time. The parameters of how this material is used are quite fixed. With our project, Einfach schöner Wohnen (Simply Better Living), we want to question those parameters and think of more or less classic textile products in a different way, and with that create new possibilities of use and a different way to look at those things.
Stabil was founded in 2014 by Max Guderian and Clemens Lauer (both born Germany, 1990), who met while studying at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.
Stabil see themselves as a design tag team and designers for new, everyday things.
Their latest project is an international café: a place where refugees and locals can meet. The interior is filled with objects known all around the world, so there is no cultural determination in the whole café. In 2015, they realised furniture-objects based on drawings of ten-year-old children as a series of design pieces, evoking the question of what design actually is, who can do it, how it can develop and what alternatives are out there. In their design, everything flows from the idea. Both designers are still studying, and their work extends to non-commercial and commercial projects. They have worked for Chris Kabel (Guderian) and Richard Hutten (Lauer).