More and more traditional handicrafts are falling into oblivion. This means the loss of valuable knowledge about natural materials and craftsmanship that has been evolving for thousands of years. Enormous ecological and social potential is harboured in this knowledge and is being left almost completely unused. From Siberia addresses the issue of the transformation of traditional knowledge by means of a natural material in the current context using birch bark handicraft as an example. The project manifests the fascinating properties of the renewable raw material and revives a craft that is threatened with extinction. The product series consists of many different items. Each object shows a different potential in fabrication and usage, which is based on a market-oriented production method and can replace conventional products from industrial manufacture. The work is deliberately based on the bright, rear side of bark in order to celebrate the material’s unique grain and colouration.
3rd prize (Product Designs)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva is a designer based in Berlin, Moscow and Krasnoyarsk. He work is characterised by a material orientated approach combining contrasting textures, colours and techniques of almost forgotten craft traditions with contemporary design. She studied product design at the University of Applied Sciences in Coburg and at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Selected exhibitions: Salone Satellite (Salone del Mobile Milan / Worldwide Moscow); Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair; Paris Design Week (Maison & Objet, Inspirations); London Design Festival; Munich Creative Business Week, Orgatec (Smart Office Materials), DMY Berlin.