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Friedrich Gerdes, KAHLA-Kreativ 2015

Friedrich Gerdes

(born 1984 in Varel, Germany) is a freelance product designer at Studio fritz and Franken in Münster, which he co-founded in 2014. Following an apprenticeship as cabinet maker and a stay abroad where he was foreman of a cabinet maker‘s workshop in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, he went on to study at the Academy of Design and Crafts Münster and later at the FH Münster where he graduated with a
degree in Product Design and where he has been running the plaster and ceramics workshop since 2013. His designs were nominated for the Bundesdesignpreis (German Federal Design Prize) in 2014 and awarded the German Design Award 2015.

Porcelain, cast with coloured paste
11 cm Ø 17,5 cm

Tiered Stand
Porcelain, cast, grey and white touch! surface
26 cm Ø 30,5 cm

At KAHLA, I created objects for daily use that call on the creativity of the user and that can be used in various formations and situations. In particular I developed: A stackable tiered stand that can be used both in its
individual pieces and as set. The central piece can also become a vase and carry handle.

A jar set with lid; the lid becomes a serving bowl when turned upside down to serve the contents of the jar. A plate series where each plate indicates its purpose by a small relief-like application in the shape of different foods (salad leaf, spaghetti, grain of rice…).

They all invite the creativity of the user and can be used in different settings.