About Bernd Benninghoff
Bernd Benninghoff works as furniture designer and interior architect in Mainz, Germany. Since 2000, in his design studio he develops serial furniture as well as room and exhibition concepts for international clients. For him objects and spatial context are interrelated. It is important for him to use authentic materials and appropriate manufacturing processes - in search of meaningful design solutions and room experiences with an independent character.
As a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, he teaches in the field of material technology and leads design projects on bachelor and master level - in exchange with students, colleagues and interdisciplinary project partners. The project series “Material as Design Impulse”, which has been continuously implemented since 2009, is the focus of his applied materials research. Together with 3 partners he founded the design collective cabs design. The changing activities as a designer and university teacher are mutually dependent, allow inspiring changes of perspective.
Named for its playful honeycomb patterning, Hive is a hexagonal, tilebased wall system that features three distictive patterns made from v-grooves that are cut into the felt and acoustic substrate revealing the substrate below. Made up of single hexagonal modules that fit together seamlessly, Hive can be configured in endless ways by rotating the tiles for a completely custom look.
Hive emerged after Bernd discovered the possibility of using digitally-driven machines to v-cut through materials like felt and acoustic substrate. For the last two years, Bernd has experimented with the process and created three distint and playful patterns that have formed the Hive collection.
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