Exhibition System

Young artists and designers often do not have the money to buy a professional exhibition system. This was the initial inspiration behind developing a concept of a connector that enables users to build systems their own.
The idea is to use the packaging of the exhibit as a pedestal. The cardboard is easy to fold and style in a multitude of diverse forms. Using a small 3d printed element which can be individually adjusted and reused, everyone can produce one’s own exhibition in a cheap and sustainable way.


Working at the STROKE ArtFair, a fair for young urban art from all around the world, and being a design student I realised, that many young artists and designers often do not have the capabilities of setting up an professional exhibition system to present their work. I wanted to create a system, that can be used for sculptures and models but without having to buy an expensive pedestal.


I decided to use cardboard as the basis material since it is lightweight, easy to handle and often already a material used for the packaging of ones work.

Additionally cardboard fits perfect for the individual needs of the target group of creatives. Depending on the exhibit or the style of the artist, the cardboard can be adjusted to fit perfectly to what is needed. Either simple, very artsy and colourful or clean and professional.


Everything needed to build the system is cardboard, something to cut, something to label or style it and the 3D prints. In addition to that a folding plan has been developed which is modular and stable, but has its unique style.

But why 3D prints? The tiny connector, preferably printed with biodegradable ABS, can easily adjusted with one parameter to the perfect thickness needed for whichever project is built. For these individual sizes with such a small number of copies, producing it otherwise would not be practicable.
Each connector is rather small, cheap and fast printed, therefore perfectly to plan your system when you need it.


The setup is done very quickly. First cut the cardboard as needed, then fold it and finally insert the connectors. Done!


In April 2015 the system had been used the first time in cooperation with Fraunhofer IPA at the Haus der Wissensarbeit in Stuttgart. To fit into the clean white building, white cardboard has been used, building specific pedestals for each exhibit.