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Some projects are suitable for reproduction. Building on the experience of deveolping the prototypes, the product is refined and production is simplified. Sometimes, even industrial production is possible.

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Some private projects prove ideal even in larger numbers and are ordered for offices, surgeries or holiday homes.

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Three pieces by kunotechnik have been incorporated into the design collection of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. I am honoured that my design legacy is well cared for and accessible to the public.

happy board

When people plan their own kitchens, they often do without the wall units above the kitchen – so much empty space! After a few years, however, something – mostly storage space – is missing. So something has to go up there again.

My thought was: Make as much furniture as possible with as little effort as possible. A u-shaped metal sheet makes the floor, back wall and lid. Shelves can be attached to partitions that stabilize the large u-profile. There is a smaller u-profile at the top and bottom front, designed as a rail for a sliding panel. In this way, closed and open compartments can be created. I deliberately chose three materials for interesting contrasts: galvanized sheet metal for the U, fawn wood for the partitions and container sheet metal for the sliding panels. The original piece designed for Ruedi Rock measures 2.8 m – so it is long, very long. Later, MAGAZIN was interested in a more elegant version of happy board. The resulting series "fip" was shortened to 140 cm.

Ruedi Rock

As much furniture as possible with as little effort as possible. For aesthetic reasons, not for saving money. U-channel made of sheet steel, partition walls made of plywood and sliding door made of container sheet metal for the private customer. Materialised somewhat differently in the serial MAGAZINE product fip. Please read in more detail on a large screen.


I first built a ladder for a friend. He has a cottage in Tuscany with a skylight way up above his bed, which he has to open and close from time to time.

A nice ladder would serve as a clothes rack beside the bed as well as a stairway to the skylight.

Turned rungs are wedged into holes in the stiles. The rungs are made of tough but elastic ash wood, which is often used for tool handles and gym equipment. The stiles taper slightly towards the top. It makes the ladder lighter at the top, where there is less stress on the rungs.

This is almost imperceptible to the eye, but overall it gives the ladder a light, almost anatomical appearance. The rungs are shaped like lenses, more oval than round. The woodturner asked me, "...and do I just turn the rungs by feel? " And I replied, "Exactly, you turn them by feel."

The ladder is left unsanded, as this allows the wood to retain its sharpness and conciseness. You can build such a ladder in a private class with me in my workshop – perhaps for planning your career?

You can build such a ladder in a private class with me in my workshop – perhaps for planning your career?

A ladder from a different century. Zero design. Slightly conical stiles and turned rungs made of ash wood. The quality only becomes apparent when you touch it. Please read in more detail on a large screen.

Table frame

A fine table frame made of ash wood has been sitting in my workshop for a long time. The legs are tapered outwards, the frame is not perpendicular, but parallel to the legs, like a funnel. Every angle on this frame is only a few tenths of a degree away from a right angle, and yet it appears extremely light and elegant. Actually, it would be a pity to cover up this beautiful frame with a prosaic table top. Do you have an idea what to put on it?

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