Currently, Ellenberger is working on a modular furniture system for children, which, after appearing last month at Cologne’s prominent KIDS UND JUGEND trade fair, was selected by the jury as a joint winner in the Future of Kids Design competition. Outlining the concept behind the furniture, currently being developed with the German children’s furniture manufacturer DE BREUYN, Ellenberger explains how children yearn to be in close proximity to their parents. This led him to question why their space couldn’t belong equally to parents and children alike. From this thought, he created a grownup-looking desk and stool set that unites a childlike ease with Ellenberger’s characteristic minimalism. It is now evolving into an entire system of seating and storage, focusing on public spaces like waiting areas or libraries as well as private homes. Using felt and wood, he explains, keeps the gentleness. “Wood is a natural material with a pleasant colour and warmth to it,” he says matter-of-factly.
Design, continues Ellenberger, can be understood as a vague, all-encompassing term, but for the skilled artisan like himself, his objectives when designing are to craft “genuine, understated and long-lasting products,” which, he’s quick to add, “won’t break easily”.