Johanna Kleinert

Design | Research

I work in the fields of Product Design, Exhibition Design and Design Research.
I like food, collages and second hand bargains.

As an independant product designer I worked for clients as Rosenthal, Pyrex and Tialini. My work has been awarded with the German Design Award, the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Design Award.

As a research associate I have been teaching at the chair of Industrial Design at TUM Technical University of Munich. Prior to that, I studied Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of the Arts, at the ENSCI in Paris and at the Politecnico di Milano.
In my PhD research, I look at fruit and vegetables as designed products from the viewpoints of Design Research and Science and Technology Studies. I'm looking forward to the book release in December 2020!

My research interests lie in the field of food design, design and visuality, food studies and collaborations in the fields of Design Research and Science and Technology Studies.

Projects

Have a look at some bits of my work.

In my PhD research, I look at fruit and vegetables as designed products from the viewpoints of Design Research and Science and Technology Studies. The book will appear in December 2020.
Biofakt: natuerlich. technisch. An exhibition project for an interdisciplinary research association, develloped with 12 students at TUM. Photography by Daniel George.
Biofakt: natuerlich. technisch. An exhibition project for an interdisciplinary research association, develloped with 12 students at TUM. Photography by Daniel George.
Biofakt: natuerlich. technisch. An exhibition project for an interdisciplinary research association, develloped with 12 students at TUM. The section on the laboratory was designed by Simon Lepuschitz and Lena Ohmstede. Photography by Daniel George.
Food containers for the preservation of seasonal produce. Those designs were the basis of the range 'Kitchen by Thomas' for Rosenthal.
Food containers for the preservation of seasonal produce. Those designs were the basis of the range 'Kitchen by Thomas' for Rosenthal.
Food containers for the preservation of seasonal produce. Those designs were the basis of the range 'Kitchen by Thomas' for Rosenthal.
Flechteck: a chair for a special workshop in Heidelberg | In collaboration with Marie Mattner and Isabel Thoma.
Flechteck: a chair for a special workshop in Heidelberg | In collaboration with Marie Mattner and Isabel Thoma.
How are today's tomatoes grown? Research for my PhD project on living products.
Being different in an age of homogenisation: Some tomatoes are valued just because of their blatant otherness.
What does product quality mean with berries? Research on the standardisation of fruit and vegetables. Here: the official electronic catalogue of defective produce 'ELSKA'.
What is good ornament? Studying the judgement and justification of ornaments – while at the same time designing a range of ceramic tiles. Some of the designes were realized for the restaurant tialini – in cooperation with Heinrichs Architekturkeramik and Heller Designstudio.
Dora. Cast iron cooking pots designed for Pyrex.
Dora. Cast iron cooking pots designed for Pyrex.
Collages: Spending time with real paper, water colours, cutter and glue.
Collages: Spending time with real paper, water colours, cutter and glue.

Publications

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[Monograph] Kleinert, Johanna (2020): Lebendige Produkte: Obst und Gemüse als gestaltete Dinge. Bielefeld: Transcript

[Book Chapter] Kleinert, Johanna und Braun, Veit (2018), Die „andere“ Tomate, oder: Wie werden Tomaten kommodifiziert? In: Gill, Bernhard; Torma, Franziska und Zachmann, Karin: Mit Biofakten leben: Sprache und Materialität von Pflanzen und Lebensmitteln. Baden-Baden: Nomos

[Journal Article] Kleinert, Johanna (2018), The apple sorting site: A case of design of living things. International Journal of Food Design, Volume 3, Number 1, 1 pp. 21-39 (19)

[Exhibition] Biofakt: Natürlich. Technisch. (2017) Exhibition on nature and technology in agricultural crops, designed by students of the Chair of Industrial Design at TUM for the social scientific research association 'Die Sprache der Biofakte'.
The exhibition has been on show at TUM Technical University of Munich in March 2017 and at the Deutsches Museum in Munich in September 2017.

Talks and Teaching

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[Talk] 'The Design of Fruit and Vegetables' | November 2019
Talk during the Design Research conference 3rd NERD – New Experimental Research in Design, FHNW Basel

[Teaching] supervision of numerous Master’s Theses at the Master’s Course of Industrial Design at TUM Technische Universität München | 2013-2019

[Teaching] teaching assignment for Design Basics at the Stuttgart State Academy of Fine Arts in the course of Industrial Design | February 2019

[Talk] 'Biofakte: Die Ästhetik natürlich-technischer Erzeugnisse' | October 2017
Talk during the conference 'Technik als ästhetisches Problem' at TUM Technische Universität München

[Teaching] 'Die Apfelsortieranlage' | May 2017
Talk on the design of apples in automated apple sorting sites in the context of the course „Ökologien des Essens“ at cx centrum für interdisziplinäre studien at Akademie der Bildenden Künste München

[Talk] 'Die Objektbiographie' in the context of the conference „Exponate. Zeichen. Prozesse“ at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd | May 2017

[Teaching] 'Biofakte ausstellen' | leading an exhibition design project on agricultural crops for a social scientific research association | March 2017

[Teaching] 'Design methods and processes' and 'Design Research' modules at the Chair of Industrial Design at TUM Technische Universität München | 2013-2017

Contact

Get in touch!

Johanna Kleinert

mail[at]johannakleinert.de

Karlstraße 11-2
74399 Walheim