For Techtextil / Urban Living an disruptive architectonic landscape consisting of thousands of interwoven conference chairs was developed. The simple chair is a symbol of an ubiquitous object in the halls of a global tradeshow and conference organiser like Messe Frankfurt. But by transforming it into an element in a wide-spanning pattern, a cluster of chairs becomes something totally different: a grid, a stage, a beautiful metaphor of an urban skyline itself – and an intriguing arena for the presented exhibits.
The landscape was made out of local, discarded or rented materials (chairs, scaffolding, plastic pallets and crates) and had the intention to produce no waste. The principle of circular thinking was used; building by shifting functionality of existing objects and reconnecting components to achieve an endless lifespan.
Techtextil demonstrated how innovations in textiles are already improving human coexistence in an urban setting. The exhibition presented optimistic narratives and examples of innovations. The exhibition was flanked by a material gallery displaying thematically linked best-practice solutions and a presentation area for a student competition.