Produktdesign - historischer Überblick

Alexandra Hofmeister
Design, Industrial Design 1
2020W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02879


Single stations of design history will be discussed in this lecture/exercise towards particular examples. While doing so, the contemporary historical, the political and the typological context of single objects from different eras will be backlit and reflected on crucial questions of nowadays design. In confronting and comparing selected technologies, materials and typologies from different historical periods and decades of the 20th century until the present, we will combine an overview to design history that takes into account developments and technical updates. The historical curve we will draw comes from the 19th century to the present, from Thonet to recent examples of bentwood furniture, from Werkbund to the idea of the nowadays cantilever chair. For single questions we will also throw a glance to the future that might be subjective but founded in comprehensible arguments. 

Sandra Hofmeister is Editor-in-Chief of DETAIL. She studied Art History at  Freie Universität Berlin and has a PhD in Romance Languages


Examination Modalities

For the lecture/excercise a short presentation to a previously fixed topic and a more extended essay is necessary. The topics of presentations and the dates of the seminar will be fixed in the first session on 9th October.


The lecture/excercise takes place in single blocks once a month on Friday from 1:30 pm on. We will meet on site and via zoom according to the recent situation. Our first meeting where we will fixe the dates and the topics of the presentations is on Friday 9 October, 13:30.

Key Words

Designgeschichte, Materialentwicklung, Diskursgeschichte, Typologien, industrial design, design


09 October 2020, 13:30–18:30

Course Enrolment

From 18 August 2020, 08:31 to 30 September 2020, 23:59
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations

Industrial Design (1. Section): Product Design - Historical Overview

Individual courses: possible