Haus Otto is a design studio that works in the field of product design and space. Patrick Henry Nagel, born in 1993 and Nils Körner, born in 1992 met at the University of Art and Design in Stuttgart. After Nils studied as a guest student at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and Patrick at the San Jose State University in California they started to work together for customers in economy and culture as well as on self initialised projects. The studio has a hands-on and a collaborative approach. While challenging assumptions, each project proposes pure and simple solutions which often contain a narrative aspect.
The One Dollar Glasses, playfully explores the possibilities of wire in the production of glasses. Worldwide, more than 150 million people need a pair of glasses, but do not have access or the financial means. By educating the people in developing countries and providing them with the right bending tools, they can autonomously produce their own glasses. The aim was to explore the possibilities and limits of the system and materials such as spring steel, heat shrink tubing, and lenses, for less than one dollar. The project aspired to create a broad spectrum of solutions and is based on the Non-Profit organisation EinDollarBrille e.V.