The 1st year class was invited by the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich to design wooden toys that were exhibited as part of the retrospective exhibition Willy Guhl: thinking with your hands, which ran from December 9, 2022 to March 26, 2023. Curator Renate Menzi and set designer Sebastian Marbacher were their main contacts.
For 39 years, Willy Guhl has taught at the Zurich School of Design (ZHdK), focusing on toy design with a highly sensitive and applied experimental approach.
It is precisely in this context that the students, 40 years on, have come up with ideas in line with Willy Guhl's approach.
Hands On, the title of the exhibition and project, defines a particular spirit of hands-on design. How do you think with your hands? How do you develop an object that can be manipulated and provides a particular experience? The students therefore began the project by experimenting, testing, manipulating and demonstrating the simple principles of mechanisms in the form of a scale model.
Quang Vinh Nguyen