Posted: 19 Jul 2011 09:06 AM PDT
DING3000 is the studio of the designers Carsten Schelling, Sven Rudolph and Ralf Webermann. After their collective studies in Hanover and working for different studios such as Vogt&Weizenegger and Marcel Wanders, the trio started to work together in 2005 designing consumer goods like furniture, luminaires and residential accessories.
Their design philosophy cannot be described by a dogma or an 'ism'. DING3000 design come through a situation which takes place somewhere in between method and magic. The way to the product lies in the search for a new, better, different, unjustly forgotten, humorous idea. Their work is evidence of the pleasure they take in challenging materials, products and not least people's behavior. They often question available solutions and popular assumptions and proceed in a way that is contradictory to them. As a result, DING3000 continually make wonderful discoveries off the beaten track.
BASKETBIN - Paperwaste Basket 2009
Animal Tales - Collection of Objects 2008
DING3000 became known with drafts characterized by profound and charming ideas, such as Pimp My Billy (2005), a series of "tuning items" for "Billy" from IKEA, the world's biggest seller when it comes to shelves, or the S-XL CAKE (2007), a silicone baking pan that bakes a cake whose slices already come in different sizes and shapes.
DING3000 has so far received more than 25 design prizes including the internationally renowned iF Product Design Award, the Good Design Award, the RedDot Design Award and the Design Plus Award. Apart from a multitude of further publications in Germany and abroad, DING3000 work was introduced in several books, among them "Design Now!" published by Taschen, "Furnish" and "Desire - The Shape of Things to Come" by Gestalten publishers.
S-XL CAKE - Baking Mould 2007
PIMP MY BILLY - Add-ons for IKEA Billy Bookshellf 2005
Products by DING3000 are part of the permanent collection of the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe as well as the Museum August Kestner in Hanover and were shown on design festivals and exhibitions, for instance within the German pavilion during the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai.