Designers Today: Numen/For Use

Numen/For Use is a designer collective working in the field of conceptual art, scenography, industrial and spatial design. Working under the name Numen/For Use are industrial designers Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler and Nikola Radeljković.

They first established Numen as a collective whose identity is covering all projects outside of the sphere of industrial design. Their beginnings are characterized by experiments with impersonal and radical formal reduction, deeply rooted in the tradition of modernism and applied as total-design projects.

Numen/For Use blends architecture and public installation art with sculpture-like pieces in large-scale format. By working with space instead of just creating objects to fulfill it, they change the way we think about the space itself and shift our spatial dynamic. 

Since 2008, they are focusing more on creating objects without a predefined function, which resulted in a more hybrid and experimental works such as the N-Light or Tape Installation

Tube Installation – Numen/ For Use

Within the Carlswerk building in Cologne, Germany, Numen/For Use constructed an immersive installation made from stitched safety nets that mimic the silhouette of a giant centipede. The installation is completely immersive, and visitors can enter and walk through the tube. It’s the most extensive and expressive installation whose lower part of the installation is fashioned from a net hose with tunnels. 

Void Installation – Numen/For Use

Void is an immersive installation emphasizing the loss of spatial perception. It is meant to “entrap” the visitors in an abstract white vacuum. The Void was presented at the exhibition venue of Hyundai in South Korea as an interactive installation/labyrinth in which viewers can enter and explore as they walk through the mysterious vast space.

Numen/For Use also designed a prototype for a self-supporting inhabitable social sculpture, built within an inflatable volume. The interior of the installation is filled with thin parallel ropes tied on the opposite sides and aligned on one another. When the volume is deflated the ropes are loose on the ground, but when the installation is inflated, the ropes tense and form a perfect line again. The ropes can support the weight of multiple human beings. 

String  Installation – Numen/For Use

‘Bodies entrapped in a 3D grid, flying in unnatural positions throughout superficial white space, resemble dadaist collages. impossibility of perception of scale and direction results in the simultaneous feeling of immenseness and absence of space.’ 

Tapping on that creative energy, Numen/for Use also focuses on industrial and set design. They won several international awards for their accomplishments.

Numen/For Use

For our brand, Numen/For Use designed Klin table (available in Square, Rectangle, and Round). Klin table is inspired by the structure of rural agricultural tools of the Alps.

Klin Table - Rectangle
Klin Table - Round

With the basic wooden profile partially cut through the central axis results in a characteristic Y shape. This detail, besides ensuring that the product is firm and stable, allows for an uncomplicated (dis)assembling. 

In the case of our product, ash wood is a particularly sophisticated material, accurately used and processed, protected in the way which isn’t ordinary, and in that sense it represents a display of skill, knowledge and experience of people at GIR and an obvious detector of the high level of the manufacturer’s commitment. For that reason, this collaboration is very valuable to us.” – Numen/For Use

Klin table will most certainly fit into any modern interior, and to customize it even more, you can choose to have the wooden legs colored in a variety of colors to match your colors at home. You can also complete the look of your dining room and pair the table with Brida chairs designed by Grupa Studio for GIR.