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Christian Felsner

MA work

Aktor

The project is an exploration of deployable structures for organic forms. Once the material is activated, a diverse range of shapes can be achieved through pulling and pushing. The pattern changes size and orientation but always stays coherent and precise during the manipulation. The natural curvature is a result of the specific material combination and assembly. The shape can be frozen and the structure becomes a rigid object. The solidifying process is reversible at any time.

My aim is to strengthen the relationship between product and consumer. Studies have proven that a physical engagement with an object has a positive effect on the product value. I am creating an aesthetic performance to engage with the object rather than an instructed assembly. The time it takes to reach a stunning object is the crucial element of the experience.

Aktor is optimised for an efficient manufacturing process. The materials get assembled from plain sheet materials with a minimum amount of offcuts. The structure opens up for multiple functionalities in different scales and sizes. The material qualities extend the applications to health care, packaging, interior elements, disaster relieve and DIY.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2016

  • I love making and experimenting. I enjoy working in between the digital and physical world to use the benefits of both.

    I started my professional career with an apprenticeship in model making at BMW. I have learnt how to work with several materials and machines. The unique modelling with clay so fascinated me that I decided to do further training in order to become a surface designer. With my clay modelling skills I was well equipped for computer modelling and I did a further course in computer aided styling. I have gained profound experience through several motorcycle and interior projects and developed into an exterior specialist. However, my urge for more creative freedom directed me to study industrial design. In order to broaden my pool of skills and competences, I decided to study Innovation Design Engineering.

  • Degrees

  • BA Industrial Design, FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences Graz, 2014
  • Experience

  • CAX Modelling Specialist, BMW Group, Munich 1997–2011