Is Gunnar Rönsch and Stephen K Molloy.
We met while studying architecture at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, graduating in 2006. We have pursued a fascination for the mathematics of nature through our work as architects in London, Berlin and Los Angeles, cutting our teeth at David Chipperfield and Jürgen Mayer H among others.
In 2011 we started producing furniture in parallel to our architecture practice, and we haven't looked back. We love to experiment with new ways to use favourite old materials, and play with patterns and colours.
Fundamental.Berlin reflects our belief about the spaces and the things that are around us. We find it hard to articulate what we do (that's why we have to make it!) but we developed a 5 point manifesto that is behind every product we make, and we would like to share that with you.
We would love to know if any of this has touched you personally, or if you disagree with any of these points. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
P A T T E R N S G R O W I N T H E M I N D
Seeing part of a pattern, one begins to subconsciously grasp the rules that lead to the arrangement of the whole. When information is arranged into a pattern, it opens up the source of its logic, allows the observer to plug in, gives access to the rules, and invites development and speculation.
P A R D O N Y O U R M I S T A K E S F R E E L Y
When we shelter, we are building a nest. It is a sort of bricolage: you gather things that provide comfort, convenience, and that have a sentimental value. Accidents of personal history are very important. When it comes to giving form to the world around us, it is important to honour your mistakes. If you have a wooden leg, wave it.
O R D E R I S H I E R A R C H Y
When we design, we order elements. This means giving each element a role in a hierarchy, exploring and defining the relationship of the parts to each other and to the whole. It is both the acknowledgment of chaos and its avoidance that gives power to a composition.
H A P P I N E S S I S T H E L O N G I N G F O R R E P E T I T IO N
Learning and growth occur in repetition. It is because repetition is sometimes mindless that it is valuable. Every time you read a sonnet or play a sonata it is different. Small flaws occur which can change everything. A valuable possession is more interesting the hundredth time you look at it than on the day you bought it.
M A K E D O A N D M E N D
You haven’t really owned anything until you have fixed it. The attainment of perfection, were it possible, would be a sort of death. We seek perfection, we are driven to excel, but it is the process through which perfection
is sought that ennobles us and elevates our state.