12.06. – 16.06.23
10:00 – 18:00 h
Essen GER, CET
12.06. – 16.06.23
04:00 – 12:00 h
Rochester USA, EST
Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen GER

Future Design Embassy
Room 1.28
and via Zoom

Things you will need

The conceptual and practical design workshop deals with the question of the relevance of the ideas of modernism for the challenges of the 21st century in collaboration with the ERCO Light corporation, a company coined by European modernism.

Master students should reflect the ideas of the 20th century visible at ERCO, in the complete philosophy of the company as well as in the products and buildings. ERCO Designer Holm Giessler will give an introduction on the company‘s history, goals and achievements. At a fieldtrip to ERCO the students will be able to see the means of production, the companies design- and develpoment departments as well as their show rooms.

The goal of the practical design workshop is that Master students reflect these ideas of the 20th century in regard to their own involvement with today’s challenges, like the energy crisis (a real threat in Europe) or global warming (a real threat in the world) and transfer these into a lighting product.
With that in mind, they will be required to design a modular lighting device for the urban landscape, disseminating how the modernist principles can be helpful in designing a product to meet the 21st Century challenges.


Project management
Sebastian Goldschmidtböing
Josh Owen
Ambassadors Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, GER
Ambassadors Vignelli Center for Design Studies RIT, Rochester, USA
Zaheer Shujayee