On the boards, get set, go!

It began with the birthday of Kais's father, which was to be champagne and small tarte flambée. There were also more guests than seats.

Everyone knows the dilemma, one holds the food in one hand and the drink in the other hand and is already overwhelmed, if you want to shake someone's hand. Glasses end in shelves, unknowable between other glasses on the edges of the table, at the end still on the Ground. Do not fun.

The problem was quickly recognized and a little later, all net markets within a radius of 15km were able to delete the offer for the bamboo boards from the assortment, because these were the first boards to be made. The first design was primitive but functional and found many fans on that birthday, and from then on it was clear: this must be developed. It was not to stay with the bamboo, that was soon clear, and the shape had to become more sophisticated and functional.

Bamboo, no way!

Bamboo .. no way. Actually very nice with modern look, but too cracked and visually too decided. The board was supposed to cut a fine figure in its visual perception from the garden party to the reception in the old opera, and so something else had to come from. So some time went into the country where Kai and Johannes smelt, patted and patted on all the wood that fell to them. So far, the bamboo boards were still being tested to explore all sorts of opening with beer tulips and wine and champagne glasses. (Not a single one broke)

Of course, plastic came to mind, and is still not out of the running, but what very few know: According to current knowledge, wood is even more hygienic, since water residues in small grooves or incisions can better dry out and thus form no habitat for bacteria, as that is the case with plastic. Nature is wonderful, wood has priority. And since we do not yet have the machinery to effectively implement it ourselves, the odyssey of the workshop search began.

The right wood

Where were we? - The right wood! Decisive here of course was the look and the fact that the board had to be so thin that you can hold it later without much effort a good while by hand. Under the influence of water and further drying, wood tends to get crooked, especially as a thin board. Of course, this can not be totally avoided as a natural product, but with the wood we chose and its processing, this is very limited. First, a workshop had to be found.

We found what we were looking for with a workshop for people with disabilities from the Frankfurt area, who gladly accepted the challenge and fully lived up to our expectations!

Here and now

Hard to believe, basically we are now in the here and now, it went for all the previously described a good three-quarters-year into the country ..

So far, the whole company was definitely not a walk for Kai and Johannes! As a project alongside each full-time degree course, it took up a lot of time and money, but the experience you gain is always worth it!

About Loch mit Brett

August 2016

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Illustration
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Johannes Pfaff
Julien Lux

What’s important is the fucking drive to see a project through no matter what. The graphic designer’s first fucking consideration is always the size and shape of the format, whether for the printed page or for digital display. The details are not the details. They make the fucking design. If you’re not being fucking honest with yourself how could you ever hope to communicate something meaningful to someone else?

Think about all the fucking possibilities. Don’t worry about what other people fucking think. While having drinks with Tibor Kalman one night, he told me, “When you make something no one hates, no one fucking loves it.” Can we all just agree as the greater design community to stop fucking talking about Comic Sans altogether? It’s getting fucking old.

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