Butternutten AG is a Karlsruhe/Marrakesh-based design studio run by Oliver-Selim Boualam (Germany, 1992) and Lukas Marstaller (Germany, 1993). They describe their practice as a ‘Super Design Service’. After meeting at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design they started making music and DJing together before establishing Butternutten AG. They realise projects at the interface between art and design, always searching for what is fun and unusual. In their work they try to reflect both a playful and social component.
Butternutten AG has shown work at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany; Etage Projects in Copenhagen, Denmark; Villa Noailles in Hyères, France; Lothringer 13 in Munich, Germany; the Folk Art Museum in Hangzhou, China; MAK – Austrian Museum for Applied Arts/Contemporary Art in Vienna, Austria; SCHUNCK* Museum in Heerlen, The Netherlands; and ZKM – Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. Boualam and Marstaller were artists in residence at Villa Lena, Italy, in 2017. Recently one of the studio’s designs was placed in the Top 100 of the Design Intelligence Award 2017 and they were placed second in the 2016 Pure Talents Contest, run by the German Design Council.