Katharina Dettar & Stine Keinicke

Katharina Dettar and Stine Keinicke are applied artists living and working in Germany and the UK. Clothing, furniture, and dishware are present in our daily life, contrary to the unseen raw material we need in order to produce them. Through their work they create dialogues and try to awake awareness about what lies behind some of the objects that surround us.

Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your work?
To reinvent or create new and exciting ideas, we believe you have to be a rebel at heart, in your processes and in your way of thinking.

Do you use your own work?
Stine: Yes, I believe as a product designer, that to be able to gain a full understanding of functionality and the ware of an object, you need to harness your own experiences of using your designs.
Katharina: Sometimes. But I find more joy in using things others made that I am not able to do by myself. Or presents made by my friends that have gone on to become part of the household in everyday use.

Do you think dishware can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
Yes, dishware can be improved. Our culture changes over time and therefore we design things to adapt, change patterns and routine or invent completely new ways of doing things.

What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
When we first met to work on what would become Sharing Plates we wanted to make pieces that involved sharing a meal. Eating together is often much nicer than alone and somehow the crack (that made the stone plates be discarded from the table top and bathroom industry) became the essential part of the design.

Describe your work in 3 words!
Honesty. Tactility. Sharing.

What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
We both use many different types of materials. Sometimes our work is based on the material’s physical capacities and an idea can simply origin from the material’s qualities. Whilst at other times, the concept itself leads to the selection of the right materials.

What are you working on right now?
Katharina is working on a globe made out of lapis lazuli and her second solo exhibition while Stine is developing a collection of cookware and tableware, which emphasises good ergonomics and simple functionality.

What excites you about tomorrow?
That we have no idea what it will bring.

What has been your favourite dinner experience?
Catching piranhas with a fishing line and a piece of raw chicken on a river in Venezuela and cooking them over open fire. Any dinner in the wild really.

What further ambitions do you have?
Keep pushing for new work that we find relevant to the world we live in.

What are you 3 favourite pieces on Jouw…?
The Wine Glasses by Jochen Holz, the Closest Plates by Selen Ozus, and the Serpentine Stone Spoons by Jenni Sokura.