Anja Lapatsch and Annika Unger are Studio Lapatsch|Unger a design duo based in Berlin, Germany. The Studio’s research-based work relates to the practices of anthropology and archeology exploring material culture and cultural phenomena, to reveal hidden informations and layers of knowledge between the past, the present and the future. With a common passion for cross-cultural investigations and unique research methodology their practice aims to create contemporary narratives to existing historical, ecological and cultural contexts. They define themselves as physical narrators within a context. Therefore they use design as a narrative agency of things. Incorporating theory, fieldwork and material investigation in their practice, both factual and fictional storytelling form the backbone of their work. 

Balancing academia with their studio practice their work ranges from their own research projects, the development of formats, curating exhibitions, to the conception and conducting of design workshops for various international institutions across the globe. They are both Artistic Associates at the Institute for Product and Process Design of the University of the Arts Berlin. Previously, Anja was an Artistic Associate at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle in the Department for Material and Sustainable Design, as well as guest lecturer at Berlin International University of Applied Sciences. Prior both graduated (MA) in 2016 as a duo from the University of the Arts Berlin.








TEACHING


since 2017 | Artistic Associates at University of the Arts Berlin (BA & MA Design)
2017/2018 | Anja - Artistic Associate at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle (BA & MA Product Design) material | technology | sustainability | design
2018 | Anja - Lecturer at BAU International University of applied Science | Berlin
2013 - 2019 | Initiators and Lecturer | School of Design | Heinz-Berggruen-Gymnasium Berlin



TALKS & WORKSHOPS


2021 | Talk | Living Materials | Supernatural Togetherness - Art(e)facts 21 | Biennial of Knowledge | PT
2019 | Workshop | Gewerbemuseum | Winterthur, CH
2019 | Workshop | Pure Gold Exhibition | Goethe-Institut Philippines in cooperation with ifa and Vargas Museum Manila, PH
2019 | Workshop | Pure Gold Exhibition | Goethe-Institut Vietnam in cooperation with ifa and Hertitage Space Hanoi, VN
2018 | Workshop | Ernst Moritz Arndt University | Greifswald, GE
2018 | Workshop | Pure Gold Exhibition | Goethe-Institut Myanmar in cooperation with ifa at the Secretariat Yangon, MM
2018 | Workshop | Pure Gold Exhibition | Goethe-Institut Thailand in cooperation with ifa and TCDC Bangkok, TH
2018 | Talk | Alchemistical Practices | Leopoldina – National Academy of Sciences, GE
2017 | Workshop | Pure Gold Exhibition | Design Department of Prof. Julia Lohmann | University of Fine Arts Hamburg, GE
2017 | Workshop | Literal Objects | On the occasion of the Hans Hansen exhibition | C/O gallery Berlin, GE



AWARDS & RESIDENCIES


2021 | Residency | Art(e)facts 21 - Supernatural Togetherness | Famalicão da Serra, PO
2018 | Winner | Talente Prize | Crafts Fair | Munich, GE
2018 | Nominated | Make me!  | Lodz Design Festival | Lodz, PL
2017 | 2. Prize | DESIGNBLOK | Product Design – Diploma Selection | Prague, CZ
2017 | Residency | Cove Park, UK



EXHIBITIONS


2021 | Supernatural Togetherness | Art(e)facts 21 Biennial of Knowledge | Famalicão da Serra, PO
2020 - 2022 | CRITICAL ZONES. Observatories for Earthly Politics | ZKM ( Center for Art and Media) | Karlruhe, GE
2019 | unsown | Kleine Humboldt Galerie | Berlin, GE
2019 | Kohle, Koks und Pech | Gewerbemuseum | Winterthur, CH
2018 | material as experiment | Zurich University of the Arts | CH
since 2018 | Permanent part of the Material Collection at ZHdK | CH
2018 | Joya | Museu del Disseny | Barcelona, ES
2018 | Lodz Design Festival | Art Inkubator | Lodz, PO
2017 | material as experiment | Bauhaus Dessau Foundation | Dessau, GE
2017 | Designblok Prague | Industrial Palace | Prague, CZ