BIY - Build It Yourself: Democratically

BIY – Build It Yourself: Democratically Designed Furniture

Is good design attainable to the masses? Explore making with simple materials and techniques to create a furniture design for all.

Build It Yourself (B.I.Y.) looks at creating a furniture design made from simple materials and techniques that reflect democratic design principles. In 1974, Italian designer Enzo Mari published Autoprogettazione?, a booklet of design plans for people to build their own furniture. Mari believed that good design should be accessible to all and not just a select few. Utilising the same concepts of attainable materials, simple construction, and developing an instruction guide, students will explore their personal ideas of what makes an object both good and accessible to everyone, culminating in final full-scale furniture design.

The ten-day workshop will cover research, hands-on model making, full-scale test mock-ups, and final prototype building. We will learn 3D modelling and rendering to explore early concepts and create the material needed for an instructional guide. 

The first week will be exploratory, and students will learn the basic skills. We will split our time between the classroom building models and the computer lab learning 3D programmes. During the second week, students will focus on making the final design, documenting, and creating a compelling instructional guide for anyone to build his or her own. The workshop will come to an end with a group exhibition and presentation.

Bachelor's and Master's students of industrial design, furniture design, architecture, or interior design.

Jessica Fügler
- Designer based in New York, United States
- Senior Product Developer 
- Bachelor’s of Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
- Master’s of Design Products, Royal College of Art London
Jess Fügler (

The course fee is 890 EURO.

690 EURO for students & alumni
350 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Daily Lunch at the University Cafeteria (Monday - Friday)
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme including excursions
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)

The course fee does not include:

  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Additional module(s) (190 €)

1. Online Registration

Please register first in our system ► Registration
Please follow the instructions on the page.

2. Documents

Please submit until 01 Juni 2023 the following documents:.

  • CV

  • Letter of motivation 

  • Portfolio (optional)

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive notification about the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 15 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

In addition to the specialised course, you can also attend one of the three Cultural Studies modules. The modules take place on three afternoons and you can receive 2 additional ECTS to your specialised course.  Further information can be found here. 

Topics of the modules taught in Englisch:

  • German Bauhaus
  • Germany's Position in International Geopolitics
  • Germany and Fashion

Price: 190 € (per module)

After successful completion of the language course, you will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Bauhaus Summer School. I

Participants earn 3 credit points (ECTS) after completion of the two-week course. In order to receive credit points, t is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons and to fulfil the required tasks. It is possible to receive 2 extra credit points (ECTS) for the course if you book an additional module.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.

If you would like to receive a grade, you must discuss this with the teacher at the beginning of the course! The fulfilment of additional tasks may be necessary.

The course took place in 2023.


The course language is English.