The BFGF DESIGN LAB deals in research and development. It’s about economically, socially and environmentally sustainable design.

Using strategies of circular economics we aim at a production of goods that is beneficial. Beneficial for all stake-holders of a modern and growing world.

The LAB is invested in research, consultations, teaching and networking – it takes a shared effort to make this place a better world.


  • Pfromm at Circular Design Deep Dive

    Eric Pfromm was asked to talk about teaching circular design by FabCity Hamburg e.V. They organised a great conference at Design Zentrum Hamburg. Many interesting lectures and smart participants. The lecures are published on youtube: here are all talks

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  • Housing First Bachelor by Daniela Wömmel at BFGF

    In our work on furniture for Hamburg’s ‘Hinz & Kunzt’ housing first innitiative we were supportet by Daniela Wömmel. She joined our team to work on her industrial design bachelor thesis for Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Her research and professional input greatly improved the project. Also she finished her bachelor with a very good grade. […]

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  • Christian Schüten sits in jury of ‘Silberstreifen”–award

    The Hamburg Cross Innovation Hub, designxport and page magazine have organized a competition of Hamburg designers to work on concepts, methods and products to offer solutions to pandemics, climate crisis or social issues. ‘Silberstreifen” translates as “silver lining”. Christan Schüten had the honor to be part of the jury that evaluated the entries.

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  • Prof. Pfromm

    On January 17 2020 Professor Eric Pfromm gave his inaugural lecture at AMD Academy for fashion and design in Hamburg. He is now Professor for product design. The topic of his lecture was “Sustainability in product design and in teaching”. Please note “the Speaker”, an oratory instrument he inherited from his father.

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  • 50 Years International Design Zentrum Berlin

    Eric Pfromm was quoted in the micro-website of the IDZ ( Thanks to Sabine Schmidt of the HTW Berlin for thinking of us. We gratulate the IDZ to 50 years of work and success. Keep up the good work, people. Thank you for letting us take part in the debate. It’s an honor.  

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  • Achim Batzke, Industrial Design Engineer (M.S.)

    Achim Batzke joined our team to work on his master thesis for the University of Twente. His broad topic was sustainable packaging. He then concentrated on meat packaging for community supported agriculture; especially the ground meat of our friends at Kattendorfer Hof. For them he developed a system that’s customized to their needs and infrastructure. […]

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  • Bauhaus Weimar

    Schüten and Pfromm were invited to teach at the Bauhaus. In the year of its 100th anniversary. Well, they taught a four-day workshop “circular economy for designers” at the Design Faculty of the Bauhaus University Weimar, founded by the great Lucius and Annemarie Burckhardt. It was a great week. The students were smart and the staff […]

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  • Pascal Heußner wins “Hans Sauer Preis 2019”

    We are very proud. Pascal Heußner participated in one of our first Circular Economy for Designers Workshop at the art academy Kassel (KHK). He then interned in our studios and went on to design a Cradle to Cradle toy for his degree dissertation. Eric Pfromm had the honour of coaching an grading it as a guest at […]

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  • Pfromm and Schüten appointed Distinguished Professors at Zhejiang Gongshang University

    On March 26th 2019 Christian Schüten and Eric Pfromm were appointed “Distinguished Professors at Art Design College” at Hangzhous Zhejiang Gongshang University. This –mostly honorary– appointment is valid until March 2022. It was presented by Prof. Xu Xiaofeng. Pfromm and Schüten held an inaugural lecture on sustainable Design and were shown the college and introduced to the […]

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  • Circular Economy Workshop at China Academy of Art 2019

    In March and April 2019 Christian Schüten and Eric Pfromm were invited by the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. They taught an 8-day-workshop on circular economy with students of product design in 6th semester. The students are very diligent and productive. Five circular economy design concepts and designs were shown at the […]

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  • Eric Pfromm heads Product Design at AMD

    In February 2018 Eric Pfromm started the degree program “Produktdesign (B.A.)” at the Academy for Fashion and Design (AMD Akademie Mode & Design) in Hamburg. He is acting head of this department until a permanent position is appointed. He also teaches “Gestaltung + Modell” (Design and Modeling), “Digitale Medien” (Digital Media), “Technisches Zeichnen” (Technical Drawing) and “Material”.

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  • Christian Schüten teaches at AMD

    Since Winter Semester 2017/2018 Christian Schüten teaches Product Design at Hamburgs AMD Akademie für Mode & Design. He does so different functions in the program “Raumkonzept und Design”. Since October 2018 the teaches “Grundlagen Nachhaltiger Gestaltung” (Sustainability and Design 101) in the new program “Produktdesign”.

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  • C2C competition at HCU

    Invited by Cradle to Cradle e.V. –the registered association to support the C2C mission– BFGF’s Eric Pfromm and Alex Volkmer (also a member of said Verein) acted as part of a jury at Hafen City University (HCU) Hamburg. In an internal impromptu competition of Matthias Kulcke’s course “Konstruktion I” the HCU post grad students of architecture […]

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  • Lectures at ISM

    Eric Pfromm took up lectures on “Sustainable Design” and “Interior Design” at Hamburg Campus of the International School of Management (ISM), University of applied sciences. Teaching those bright students is a joy and scenic way to work is also a treat.

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  • Workshop at NID Bengaluru

    For the last of the three workshops Schüten and Pfromm travelled to Bengaluru (Bangalore). At the NID campus there the first years of post graduate students Universal Design and Retail Experience participated. The campus in Bengaluru is very nice with a rooftop cafeteria where students meet for meals and tea every day.

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  • Hyderabat Literary Festival

    The HLT went into its fourth year. Since it is about culture and art too, Schüten and Pfromm were asked to talk about their topic here as well. The talk was took place in the heritage building of the Hyderabat Public School, Begumpet. The entire festival was a very diverse and colorful affair with countless inspiring […]

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