Verena Hennig grew up in an environment where arts and design were very present. The German designer discovered the endless possibilities of 3D creations when she received a book on Alexander Calder. His famous Circus made her start playing with wires almost instantly. It is probably also where her taste for interaction, playfulness and installations are coming from.
Initially studying graphic designs, Verena soon realised that she was missing the direct interaction with end users and soon switched to product design. She experienced furniture design for the first time when she created the Fakir stool. The seat features 200 pencils, each stuck into a sharpener at the bottom. A body height scale is printed on each pencil allowing its user to sharpen and adjust his perfect seating height. This debut was recognised by a German Design Award nomination in 2015.
Verena merges aesthetics with function and always focuses on interaction. She created a 25 metres long bench made of air mattresses for the New Museum in Nuremberg. When sitting down on the bench, visitors would lift up the person sitting next to them, making everyone cheering up instantly. Overwhelmed by positive reactions, Verena then researched on how to create furniture for daily use that would provide interaction and fun. And so was born the Roll collection designed to provide an engaging and innovative experience. The stool, chair and bench feature rotatable aluminium sticks that can slide left to right for a massaging effect. Ultimately the user is in charge, choosing to roll or to seat still. Quickly noticed on the design scene, the Roll collection received an Iconic Award, Interior Innovation 2016.
“I wanted to design furniture that provides interaction and fun.”