Timo Müller, born in 1980, lives in Frankfurt and studies Industrial Design at the Technical University of Darmstadt
Timo Müller, born in 1980, lives in Frankfurt and studies Industrial Design at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Industrial design includes the design of products that are to be manufactured industrially. He also works as a freelancer for renowned architectural firms and design agencies in Germany.
Darmstadt is known as a city of science. Is it still a source of creative inspiration for you?
Yes, I find the environment here totally inspiring. Art and Design are very present on the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt, through the artists' colony and the Ernst Neufert house, for example. Our department is surrounded by parks and museums - we students can work in peace here. Art Nouveau and Bauhaus influences have shaped the city. There are exciting exhibitions to be seen in the Darmstadt Design House, for example an exhibition about the Braun designer Dieter Rams.
How do you go about your work?
I usually start with a sketch. First, I make myself aware of the task and investigate the information that needs to be included in the draft. Knowing what the product must be able to do forms the basis of the design. I then develop the external form gradually through the use of preliminary models and material samples, depending on what kind of project it is.
What do you design?
A walking stick, for example. I wanted to change an object, the form of which already exists, in such a way that it moves away from medical aesthetics and becomes less obvious, more chic. Or perhaps a sledge, which could serve as an attachment to go on a snowboard. When I came up with the idea for this, I moved straight on to sketches.
What kind of pens do you use for sketching?
Usually a ball point pen or a retractable pencil. These allow me to evolve the forms slowly, shade areas with a relatively wide range of shades of grey and draw stronger lines. As I often need lightly-drawn construction lines to use as a basis, I use pens that move across the page smoothly, but with gentle resistance. The happier I am with a drawing, the more I then add shadows and contours using fine liners and if necessary fill in explanations or signs which may indicate imaginary movement.
How did you discover rotring pens?
A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a present of a rotring rapidograph set which he had received from his grandfather, a technical draftsman. I was fascinated by the products, because I had never had such delicate drawing tools in my hand.