»Special Connection – Flexibility in Furniture and Exhibition Design«

Discover the hidden potential of soft connection Elements!


Connections of furniture and of exhibition elements are usually fixed, screwed or even glued. These rigid connections often conflict with their temporary utilisation - exhibitions are mostly dismantled after just a few days or weeks, and furniture for events is often just used for a couple of hours. Therefore, a rapid installation and dismantling of the elements as well as an easy way to store them is of major importance. Naturally, their primary functions for comfortable sitting and stability should work well, too.


Develop a system of stools, benches, tables!

In the part of the course dealing with practical tasks, we test a variety of materials (cable ties, ropes, cords, straps, textiles, and Velcro) and their constructive connection with simple wooden sheet material (MDF, chipboard). The participants work in small teams to develop a system of stools, benches, tables, and displays for an event during the Bauhaus Summer School. In this way, the developed elements can be directly applied and put to the test in a real-life situation.

A hands-on workshop

Working with their hands is paramount for the participants in the course. This means that ideas are sketched, drawn, directly built (1:1), and tested. This will not only be a lot of fun for the participants but will also ultimately be the best way to develop functional and aesthetic solutions.

Besides the creation of models and the practical experience with materials and construction, the participants get theoretical input regarding contemporary furniture and exhibitions design.


Learning objectives

Material and modelling experience, free experimentation, construction, managing your own creative work process, aspects of furniture and exhibition design

The course language is English.
Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you.

The course is aimed at students from the fields of art, graphic design, product design, architecture; i.e. all creative subjects, all semesters.

Model making experience with wood is advantageous but not mandatory.

Dipl. Des. Meike Langer | www.meikelanger.com

  • 2014-2018 Artistic Assistant, Product Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2012-2014 Research Assistant, Product Design, HfG Offenbach
  • Since 2010 Freelance product designer
  • 2010 Diploma in Design, HfG Offenbach

Special experiences:

  • 2017/ Cooperation in the 1200° specialist course with Elias Farbglashuette Lauscha; development of glass products with the students
  • 2018/ Glass workshop 1000° in the context of Bauhaus 100 with the Elias Farbglashuette Lauscha
  • 2016/ glass workshop in Meisenthal together with students of the Bauhaus-University Weimar and the HbK Saar

Focal Points: product design, furniture design, manufacturing Technologies, glass, design thinking

Thomas Schnur | www.thomasschnur.com

  • 2019-2020 Guest Lecturer at KhK Kassel and UdK Berlin
  • 2016-2020 Lecturer, Product Design, Ecosign Köln
  • 2016-2018 Lecturer, Product Design, HBK Saar
  • Since 2010 Freelance product designer
  • 2005-2010 Diploma in Design, FH Aachen
  • 2008 École Supérieure d'Art et Design de Saint-Étienne
  • 2003-2005 Apprenticeship as cabinetmaker

Special experiences:

  • 2018/ Cooperation with MAGAZIN together with Katrin Greiling and the students of HbK Saar
  • 2018/ Cooperation with BASF together with Mark Braun and the students of HbK Saar
  • 2017/ "Common Things" Book Publication

Focal points: product design, furniture design, manufacturing technologies, design thinking, wood, steel

1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2020 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application [COURSE TITLE]«
  • Name of PDF file »[COURSE TITLE]_family name_first Name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 1 June 2020 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 18 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO
for BUW students

The course fee includes:

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


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

»Special Connection – Flexibility in Furniture and Exhibition Design«

16 - 28 August 2020
3 Credit Points (ECTS)

700 EUR regular fee
500 EUR reduced fee
300 EUR BUW fee

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We are monitoring the situation with regard to the coronavirus very closely. Currently, the Bauhaus Summer School in August is not yet directly affected and, according to the current status, will take place as planned. Of course, we are constantly keeping up to date with the latest developments and will thoroughly evaluate and react to any changes that might occur. As soon as the assessment of the situation should change, we will post new information here on our website.

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