Makeshift Furniture from a Berlin Designer by

Issue 45 · Materials · November 9, 2012

Makeshift Furniture from a Berlin Designer

Issue 45 · Materials · November 9, 2012

For one Berlin-based designer, exploring the relationship between human and object has spawned an imaginative collection of makeshift pieces that are as expressive as they are practical.

Johanna Dehio is interested in actively engaging people in design. Thus, as the name suggests, her "Working Title" collection is a playful line of modular furniture that can be reconfigured into various formations. Never fixed, Dehio's improvisational pieces are designed to encourage a dynamic exchange between the furniture and the user. For pricing and availability, contact Johanna Dehio.

Above: Dehio was interested in capturing the simple elegance of old-fashioned pieces, the original makeshift furniture, which was often handmade by the very people who used them.

Above: The signature piece of the collection, Dehio's Hockerbank or "Stoolbench," is a series of stacking stools and planks with corresponding holes, that can be quickly reconfigured into benches and tables.

Johanna Dehio schrime lamp

Above: A cooperative effort with designer Domink Hehl, Dehio's latest flexible piece, Schirme, is a lamp with interchangeable glass and ceramic shades, that can be used individually or together to create different light qualities.

Above: The entire collection also includes Dehio's Drahtbank, meaning "wire bench," a system of metal supports and wooden planks reimagined as seating, table, or shelving.

Johanna Dehio wandewinkel

Above: Whimsical and clever, Wandewinkel, meaning "wall angles," includes a sideboard and mirror which use the wall for support.

Above: Dehio's Kleiderstiele Coat Hanger requires no hanging, just lean one (or better yet, a few of them) against the wall.

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