About us

UnDesignUnit challenges narrow definitions of design practice and explores – against the background of the current expansion of the notion of design – thresholds and new latitudes.

Behind UnDesignUnit are Sarah Dorkenwald, Karianne Fogelberg and Tanja Seiner, who work as curators, authors and lecturers on contemporary subjects in design and who together conceive new discursive and participative formats as well as innovative exhibitions, with which they render complex problems of the present more accessible and scrutable.

We value design as a critical medium in investigating current and emerging developments with regard to their potential effects and in discussing possible alternatives in dialogue with other disciplines and the public.

Our approach is grounded in the search for alternatives to established approaches and viewpoints. The education and exhibition formats, which we conceive, unfold a variety of perspectives on the subject at hand and combine facts and scientific findings with concrete objects and narratives. Thereby complex content can be conceptionally, visually and materially-spatially experienced and is opened up for negotiation.

The concepts, which we offer, are situated at the intersection of design and architecture, industry and science. A special focus lies on the integration of different disciplines and forms of knowledge and on the development of distinct formats which may be adapted according to theme, scope and budget.

We combine conceptional and content-based expertise with critical-speculative design methods, current scientific approaches and participative-discursive formats.

We work for museums and cultural institutions, the academia and research institutes, companies and foundations, non-profit organizations and municipalities.

Among our expertise are curation and consultancy, moderation, science communication, the conception and realization of participative and discursive formats, installations and exhibitions, spatial design and scenography, text and graphics.

We offer separate services as well as complete service packages: from consultancy via conception through to planning and realization.


References (selection)

bayern design
BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum Munich
Design Museum Gent
Lothringer13 Halle
Marta Herford
Munich Creative Business Week
Münchner Kammerspiele
Rat für Formgebung


Photos: Verena Hägler, UnDesignUnit