Excursion to Norman Potter residence, Le Bouchage, Charente, France
From 22-24 May 2019, Prof. James Langdon, Anton Stuckardt, and a group of 10 students visited a house formerly owned by English designer and writer Norman Potter (1923-1995). During the visit, part of the seminar 'Werktreue', the group explored this derelict house, which still holds many clues to Potter's life and philosophy on design. Some objects were brought back to Karlsruhe, and work continues on documenting these, and the experience of visiting the house itself. Potter was a forceful and opinionated designer, but little of his work survives. In this place we confronted the reasons for his disappearance from design history and asked if and how we should represent him today.