Das Wilde Denken, organized by the folks at Depot Basel, offered a selected group of designers and creative types to use the extra materials in their studios for an intensive, two-and-a-half day make-a-thon. Here’s Matylda Krzykowski’s Büro, a stationery set.

Vier Gewinnt, an object by Laura Pregger.

llot llov’s One Way table mirror.

A small Note Holder by llot llov.

The Auster table mirror by llot llov.

Improvisations by Annike Frye.

PI, by Annika Frye, is an object and candle holder.

Go design journalist, go! Tanja Pavelick’s Streunersugar dispenser.

Go design journalist, go! Tanja Pavelick’s Streunersugar dispenser.

Annika Frye’s Roto lamp.

Annika Frye’s Roto lamp.

A necklace by Laura Pregger.

Panorama Bar, a complex ashtray by Benten Clay.

Es Ist Noch Suppe Doch, an object by Benten Clay & Bureau AEIOU.

Co.Design

A Line Of Precious Objects Made From Workshop Junk

Das Wilde Denken invited creative types to flex their maker muscles with a weekend-long bricolage workshop.

Consider the creative studio; for every finished project, there are countless prototypes, experiments, and what-ifs, each with their own corresponding component-part cast-offs. Rather than let the unused material excess go unloved, the innovators behind Depot Basel recently organized Das Wilde Denken, a weekend-long workshop in free-form upcycling.

The endeavor itself was a kind of extended exercise in maker improv—like a super-cool jam sesh amongst tactilely inclined friends with physical, rather than aural, results. Each participant was tasked with the brief to "bring something for the table"—something sourced from their respective studios—as well as consider a series of questions that ranged from "Who are you?" to "What is wild thinking?"

After a brief getting-to-know-you breakfast, the collaborators—who included an architect, a PHd student (in Improvisation!), artists, graphic, industrial, and jewelry designers, even a design journalist (w00t!)—began their intensive tinker time.

"It was nice to work with limitations, because you were just allowed to use what was there," Depot Basel coordinator Matylda Krzykowski tells Co.Design. "After the first day, it wasn’t clear what the results would be. On the second day, people were still fiddling around, inspiring each other and making suggestions. Communication was really the key." Items were finished on the third day, photographed, then brought to the showroom at Berlin-based boutique Baerck for the opening fete (the pieces will be on display—and sale—through February 2).

"The approach bears more solutions because they worked by heart, not by logic," Krzykowski says of the resulting personalized bricolage, a collection where process itself means as much as the end result.

[All photos courtesy of Vera Hofmann]

(h/t Sight Unseen)

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