Four years ago, the Industrial Design programme at Konstfack was restructured to place a greater focus on designing for sustainable development, which includes aspects such as circular design, global climate goals, sustainable materials and sustainable production. This year, we are exhibiting degree projects that highlight this in various ways, and to some extent also question prevailing norms. With creativity, curiousness and genuine knowledge, the students shed light on current challenges and explore how their proposals can function in different contexts and situations. An important part of the design process concerns ideas about how and where the products should be manufactured, which materials they should be made of, how they can be stored and how they can be reused or recycled. With consideration to nature, animals and people, the students make prototypes, conduct user studies, and experiment together with others. Designers can develop solutions to problems by investigating, designing and materialising proposals, but also by advancing ideas on how we can relate to our environment in different and sometimes unexpected ways.
This year’s degree projects touch on a number of different subjects: how furniture and products can be manufactured more sustainably and even tell a story, a flexible bag solution made of recycled textiles, work clothes designed according to the user and how the clothes actually wear out, design solutions that invite other species to coexist with humans, a luminaire for the restaurant Landet, a safe flare for football fans, a synth to get young people interested in music, a drinking fountain for the City of Stockholm, an organic material for disposable packaging, headphones with a longer lifespan, a modular cargo bike, co-sleeping with children, and a food game.
Like a green thread throughout all of this run thoughts, ideas, solutions and proposals aimed at bringing us closer to a more sustainable society where both the individual and other species take centre stage. By twisting and turning questions and problems, the students test different perspectives in dynamic and inspiring ways. Their approaches to exploring issues flexibly and openly are important both now and for the future.
We are proud to welcome you to discover the Industrial Design degree projects and meet the students who worked on them.
The teachers from the Bachelor’s programme in Industrial Design