Philipp Schenk-Mischke and Matthias Klas teamed up to design a thesis project they call The Past is Never Dead where they look into the challenge of design within today’s context. Thinking outside the box can create a new perspective and new thoughts, which ultimately equal a new awareness and expanded design ideas. The examination led to two projects: Cabinets and 1,2,3 Mirror.

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Cabinets strips away the anticipated function with the hope that it causes confusion and conflict when viewed.

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The notion of the shape comes from the metaphor of breaking conventions: parallel ash frames stand for the stuck structures of todays world while skew lines search the conflict and try to break free from common notions to search the new.

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1,2,3 Mirror not only helps reflect an image of ourselves, it gives you the possibility of viewing the world around you.

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The dark grey glass behind the lightly coloured pink layer typifies the background that one needs for a clear self perception, while the backmost layer made out of untreated brass, slowly changes with time to distort the reflection.

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