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Furniture

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Furniture Dirk


Design: Fritjof Giese and Rupert Zallmann

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Cargo Sail

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Cargo Sail


Design: Fritjof Giese


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Maritime Freighter with Renewable Energies


90 % of all global transport is operated by freighters. Taking this into account, as well as the aim set by the Kyotoprotocol; to decrease CO2 emissions, it is clear that this economic sector needs rethinking.
The public has recognized the need for action. In the meantime efforts have been made to shift existing systems to towards renewable energies.
Solar power, wind power and hydro power are amongst the renewable energies available.
The issue can be approached from very different angles. Design can no longer define itself through aesthetics and function. Design needs to be responsible. (Responsible for our society, environment and the planet we live on).
The amount of green design in our households is constantly increasing, everyday objects are being redesigned with environmental consciousness. Yet, how do these artifacts find their way into our homes? The numerous means of transporting this merchandise are everything, but green.
The journey an environmentally friendly product undergoes until it reaches our home, is long. For instance: The Bio-cotton T-shirt is produced in Asia. The raw materials are shipped there from over 20 different countries. After they have been processed and refined they are transported to Europe, once again by ship. At the port the retailer receives them with his truck and drives to the shop. Lets add that we can assume the end consumer also uses a car to drive to the store and back. All of this summed up leaves a huge carbon footprint, one we don't even register.
Now, lets take a look at the numbers: 61 billion tons per kilometer of goods are transported every year by freight ships, in other words, 90 % of all traded goods travel by sea.
Due to economic reasons freight ships are powered using fuel oil. It is a by product derived from crude oil processing. 200-370 million tons / year of fuel oil are used for transportation, causing 1,2 billion tons of CO2 to be produced. This more than double the amount of co2 the aviation industry produces yearly.
An alternative source of energy, one which has been used at sea for centuries already: THE WIND.
From the beginning of the 15th century to the middle of the 19th century people were using sailingboats to transport goods. These could travel at a speed of 19 knots, approximately that at which conventional frieght ships travel today. Back then they travelled with the help of winds found on the trading routes. Engine driven ships were introduced during the industrial revolution as they proved to be more cost efficient, due to the fact that they required a smaller crew. 1950 the first container ship set to sea. 80 % of transport costs are defined by oil prices. Taking this into consideration, shipping companies are interested in alternative solutions to power their ships. The drastic rise of oil prices since the 80’s leads to the reconsideration of wind as a source of energy, on land as well as on sea.
If we want to develop in an envrionmentally friendly and cost efficient way, we should look back to our ancestors. They showed us how we can transport goods reliably and efficiently, without leaving a carbon footprint.

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Swing King

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Swing King


Design: Fritjof Giese

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Der Swing King ist aus einer Konzeptstudie (2008) entstanden und fordert ein völlig neues Sitzgefühl. Durch die schraublose Steckverbindung wird aus einer einfachen Betonschalungsplatte ein neuartiges Möbelstück.

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Air Rope

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Air Rope


Design: Fritjof Giese

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Concept


40.000 individuals drown annually in Europe. 80% of all drowning victioms are people practicing some form of watersport. The majority of these casualties can be attributed to a simple underestimation of the possible dangers and to the inadequate use of various safety equipment such as life vests. Factors therof range from lack of experience and misjudgment of the situation to issues of vanity, where existing vests already found on the market are not used due to their restraining nature in both form and function. In consultation with nautical rescue associations such as the as the DGzRS (Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffsbrüchiger), the Air_rope was concieved to specifically meet requirements for utilisation in all fields of private watersports, and portrays through its tailored design a sensc of easy handling and full range of movement for a higher degree of comfort. The uniqueness of this "preserver" is its orientation to the needs of user, in all fields of watersports, such as sailing, canoeing, rowing or fishing, where wearing the "preserver" is made as inconspicuous, pleasant and uncomplicated as possible, without compromising the security features:
The "preserver" is worn like a belt and is at all times operational. Within the belt’s integrated abdominal and dorsal pockets are integrated air cushions which automatically inflate in emergencies, such as the popular "Inflateable Lifejackets“, using an air cartridge. The short period of time it takes to inflate the two cushions, which are connected through a pressure control valve, ensures that the wearer is returned to a supine position, regardless of how the individual made contact with water. By this mechanism is the individual returned to a stable position, where they are safely supported on the water’s surface. (s. picture sequence)

Inspiration


Because I grew up in a coastal landscape with many lakes, i was already fascinated with water in the earliest stages of childhood , particularly with the possibilities that this element had to offer people as a whole. As an enthusiastic athlete I then found that water is not only a vital elixer for an individual, but can also be life-threatening in contexts of sport and recreation. In the summer, one could read in a newspaper each week about victims whose fun ended tragically because they dared to go on the water without a life vest and overestimated thier own strength. The main problem with the life vest, particularly with regard to hobbyists, ist that they are not worn, due to reasons of pure vanity or becuase they are seen as disturbing and feel restrictive on small bodily movements. Even today, despite the development of many new models, statistics show that about 80% of victims practicing water sports in leisure drown because they do not use some form of flotation device.
I see an enormous need for action here and would like to contribute my part with this novel "rescue vest“, so that individuals can have safer contact with the Blue Element of nature and thus a positive experience for more people

Development Process


The development process was along the previously described criteria. First, it was a study conducted in the market to find out what models already exist in this field. When my resulting research returned no positive results, I began devising plans for alternative adaptations of a preserver, that could be integrated into clothing. The problem: the vest would no longer be worn on the upper body and the integration in clothing was would not be effective, because these articles are often removed in recreation. In addition, the transformation of clothing articles can be very expensive, which would not be suitable for the private sector. It was then necessary to take a step back to go review the support positions for the body, including the earliest form of life preservation devices, the Safety Ring.
In this moment was the first time the idea for an inflatable lifesaver in form of a belt crystallised. This had two distinct advantages: a passive state in the form of the belt in a comfortable position on the body, and an active state that allows easier operation in the water. The next challenges, the automatic filling the flotation chamber, safety in a state of unconcioussness as well as the development of an intelligent, easy-to-balance closure mechanism which would not affect the function of the belt. The solution was to implement the cap sideways and to incorporate a link between the pillows, which increases their safety feature.. Only when the front pillow is completely filled will the the rear air cushion inflate, which supports the person into the right position (supine) and the trunk of two linked cushions surrounded, (see slide show) which then functions as a lifesaver aides the person in swimming, which conventional lifevests lack. Last small Optimalisations were made to accomodate for body measurements and ensure smooth operation. After this test runs will be made will be joined with a Form study for preparation of a the final product.

About

Fritjof Giese is a german designer, based in the heart of Vienna, Austria. In 2008 he founded "Studio Fritjof Giese", an office and workshop focusing on Industrial and Production Design, where he realises and prepares special commercial film sets as well as event systems for fairs. As an Art Director and Production Designer he is directing set designs and supplying technical equipment mostly for advertising movies, music videos and photo shootings. He is also specialized in the field of Trick SFX motion capturing and rapid prototyping for postproduction and special props.
In January 2012 he finally graduaded in Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2009 Fritjof Gieses is a co-founder and member of the creative group Madame Mohr. Additionnaly, in the last few years he built up a network of cooperating specialists in order to be able to satisfy various customer requirements for movie, design, event and architecture.
His rooster of clients covers a lot of well-known austrian and foreign companies like Gucci, Lifeball, T-Mobile, Drei, Skoda, Servus TV, ORF, Puls 4, Raiffeisen Bank, Erste Bank, Telering, Kika, Moemax, Lagerhaus, Wiener Linien, Bellaflora, OBI, Baumaxx, Wien Energie, Austrias's Next Topmodel, Billa, Ford, Henkel, Herold, Iglo and many others.

Cooperations

Superfilm, Betterimages, Close Up Filmproduktion, Filmfactory, Sabotage Film Production, Seven Filmproduktion, SeeYa Fotoproduktion, Wiener Klappe Filmproduktion, Tale Filmproduktion, ConseQuences Event u. Consulting, Grafikbuero Jaan, Puls 4, ORF, Willkommen Österreich and many others.

Network

Madame Mohr, Patrycja Domanska Design Studio, Michael Ramharter, Absolut Print, Studio Objektiv, Das Werk, Bric a Brac, Universitaet fuer angewandte Kunst Wien, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Graulicht and many others.

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