Beat Karrer was born in Zurich and this is where he has his studio and lab today. Beat is an active guest critic at ETH Zurich, lectures all over Europe, participates in juries and holds summer workshops for the Vitra Design Museum. Beat Karrer’s ideas have appeared in many publications and various books, such as the “International Design Yearbook”.
Beat describes himself as a problem solver who sees no reason to waste material, which is in line with OFFECCT’s sustainable design philosophy. We see Beat’s design as avant-garde, with clean cut lines and a clear statement, notably exemplified in our product SPINNAKER - reflecting Beat’s design motto “shaping ideas into smart solutions.”
SPINNAKER is a free standing room divider with unlimited connection possibilities, creating airy spaces instead of building walls. Inspired by a cruising sail ship, SPINNAKER is reduced to a balanced shape that has neither bottom nor top. It can easily be placed upside down for a different angle and to change the bottom line. SPINNAKER consists of a zincked pipe construction with chromed fittings and feet in black ABS, which can be covered with various textiles: black transparent polyester net or white sound absorbing 3D Mesh polyester fabric.
Beat himself believes progressive projects react to innovation, at the same time reflecting the requirements and respecting the environment.
“Where does a product designer get his ideas from? From new materials which encourage challenging new application possibilities. From new production techniques which make the previously unthinkable possible. And by observing everyday life manifesting unsatisfied needs.” Beat Karrer.
Also, check out:
Beat Karrer’s web site: beatkarrer.net
Beat Karrer’s Facebook page: facebook.com/StudioBeatKarrer