Students at EMMA Creative Center present three design projects


Dezeen School Shows: a project combining fashion and furniture whilst commenting on sustainability within design is included in this school show by students at EMMA Creative Center.

Also included is a textile project that explores perceptions of time and a dining table that reimagines eating as play.


Institution: EMMA Creative Center
School: EMMA Creative Center
Course: Designers in Residence
Tutors: Jiro Kamata, Romin Heide and Louise Bennetts

School statement:

“Designers in Residence is an international scholarship program of the City of Pforzheim granted to young design artists from the fields of jewellery, fashion, accessories, industrial and graphic design, among other disciplines.

“It is awarded annually in cooperation with Pforzheim University and the Design Center Baden-Wurttemberg.

“The jury accords three scholarships in total.

“From April to June 2024, the stipendiaries created their projects at EMMA – Kreativzentrum Pforzheim and at Pforzheim University.

“An exhibition summarises the results of their three-month scholarship period.”


A photograph of a circular metal table, silver in colour, against a white background, with various holes on the tabletop which contain different foods.

Edible Playscapes: A Hands-On Dining Experience by Alejandra Alarcón

“Alejandra Alarcón is a Mexican interdisciplinary designer and artist based in Helsinki.

“Her practice explores the intersection of food and art, delving into social, political and cultural dimensions.

“Alejandra holds an MA in Contemporary Design from Aalto University, her work has been exhibited at Museo Universitario del Chopo, Helsinki Design Week and Dutch Design Week.

“Her project Edible Playscapes: A Hands-On Dining Experience explores eating as play to positively transform the Western dining experience without the use of cutlery.

“By reimagining the dining table as a playscape, it empowers individuals to explore with their hands and reflect on our dining rituals.”

Student: Alejandra Alarcón
Course: Designers in Residence
Tutors: Jiro Kamata, Romin Heide and Louise Bennetts


A photograph of a textiles installation in an abstract shape, in tones of blue, red and orange, standing on a white plinth against a white background.

Topographies of Delusional Immortality by Elisa Lutteral

“Elisa Lutteral is an Argentinean artist based in New York with an MFA in Textiles from Parsons, The New School for Design, and participation in the Sakata Orimono residency in Japan.

“Lutteral’s work has been exhibited at Talente in Super Gallery, L Space Gallery, Picture Theory Gallery and PTM Contemporary, in various locations including CDMX, Laguna Mexico, Vienna, Munich and New York.

“Topographies of Delusional Immortality delves into the symbolic representations of power and the constructed landscapes that echo humanity’s patriarchal obsession with permanence and defiance of time.

“Through an alchemical fusion, rigid structures transform into fluid and malleable forms.

“This transformation invites viewers to reconsider what is deemed valuable and permanent.”

Student: Elisa Lutteral
Course: Designers in Residence
Tutors: Jiro Kamata, Romin Heide and Louise Bennetts


A photograph of three identical beige wooden stools against a white background, with their deconstructed parts laid out in a pile in front of them.

Thread of Time by Simon Rogalla

“Simon Rogalla completed his MA in product and wood design at the Angewandte Kunst Schneeberg and soon became an independent designer.

“In addition to combining different areas such as fashion and furniture, the principles of adaptability and sustainability play a recurring role in his work.

“Thread of Time translates the principles of scout furniture into contemporary design using only rope, without nails, screws or glue.

“As soon as the knots are untied, the objects disintegrate and their former identity becomes unrecognisable.

“The project emphasises the importance of material and connecting elements for sustainability and questions our understanding of object, ownership and time.”

Student: Simon Rogalla
Course: Designers in Residence
Tutors: Jiro Kamata, Romin Heide and Louise Bennetts

Partnership content

This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and EMMA Creative Center. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.





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