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Frederic Rätsch

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Major project:

DCC - Flexible SItting in Public Spaces

The project ‘Flexible Sitting in Public Spaces’ aimes to create an injection moulded chair for public spaces and the contract market, that uses the high performance qualities of the flexible DuPont™ Themoplastic Elastomer Hytrel® and the tough Crastin® PBT to increase the comfort of most solid plastic chairs. It is characterised by observations of sitting behaviour, context and production technique.

To achieve an outstanding design, an extraordinary comfort and movement the goal is to design the most challenging typology of a chair - a cantilever chair. The main theme of the chair is flexible sitting, which is addressed in different scenarios - flexible in movement, flexible in context and flexible in sitting postures. So far there are only two cantilever chairs from plastic on the market and none of them is capable of providing the flexibility one would expect of a cantilever chair.

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  • Frederic Rätsch studied Industrial Design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany, where he honourably graduated in 2014. Afterwards he worked at Atelier Steffen Kehrle in Munich. He moved to London to proceed his study within the Design Products masters programme at the Royal College of Art. Recently he worked for Sam Hecht’s and Kim Colin's design studio Industrial Facility. 

    Frederic is fascinated by everyday objects and especially by the industrial production in perfection. He believes in sustainability through long-lasting emotional relationships between human and object. Pushing boundaries, questioning known typologies and proposing new solutions on an industrial scale represent his major goals.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Industrial Design, Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design
  • Experiences

  • Atelier Steffen Kehrle, Munich, Germany, 2014; Industrial Facility, London, UK, 2016
  • Awards

  • IF Design Award 2015
  • Collaborators

  • DuPont Performance Materials
Royal College of Art