Berlin-based textile designer Nadine Goepfert has never worked in an office, so she’s breaking new ground with her first commission for The Office Group. Just as TOG works to redefine the modern workplace, Goepfert has played with traditional business dress; shirts, suits and ties, to produce four unique artworks for TOG’s first flexible work space in Berlin, Kontorhaus.
Inspired by TOG’s original approach to office design, Goepfert’s installations challenge conventional office aesthetics and test own her techniques – a little like a chemistry project. From nostalgic motifs associated with formal office style, to collaborating with her father, we delve into Goepfert’s influences and processes for ‘The Office Reimagined’ installations.
Nadine, how did the project come about?
Nasim (Head of Design at TOG) was looking for Berlin-based artists to collaborate with on the interiors for Kontorhaus. I think the fact that I work with textiles as a medium interested her, as did my way of working. Her brief was to “reimagine the office” and my work examines both the function and use of materials – breaking conventions to develop new design perspectives – so it felt like a natural project to work on together.
What inspired the works?
I was inspired by the structures in an office building, which is an unfamiliar place to me, given I work in an atelier. I’ve never worked in a ‘professional’ environment, surrounded by computers. So, I started to explore common working processes and the materials in an office; like paper, computers, pens and even doodling. One of the most creative things you do in an office is a brainstorm, which can also end up looking like a deliberate pattern or drawing.
I was also influenced by what happens when an old office computer screen glitches and pixellates. It doesn't happen much anymore, but I liked the idea of taking a motif that actually represents something bad and using that as inspiration for a graphic pattern – turning it into something positive.
The works that I made for TOG comment on and imitate these elements in a subtle way, and I decided to make the works predominantly out of recycled clothing for men.