Haus Otto



Portrait of Haus Otto (Patrick Henry Nagel and Nils Körner). The both of them sit on a piece of furniture they designed.

Portrait Haus Otto, Photo: Haus Otto

The two artists and designers from Haus Otto (Patrick Henry Nagel and Nils Körner) invite you to stay and spend time in their exhibition Waiting Room: using simple means, they convert the SCHAUFENSTER JUNGE KUNST into the eponymous waiting room.

Usually, one wouldn’t stay in a waiting room for any longer than one has to. They are spaces used to await something, an event or maybe even a radical change. This could be a mundane appointment or the wait for the next bus. But it could also be the wait for a diagnosis or a verdict. The duo’s furniture takes up this particular atmosphere. They investigate which functions are essential to a waiting room and look at how we experience such a space. How, for example, will our perception of time change while waiting and how can this be affected?


Haus Otto is an art- and design-duo, working with objects, installations and space. With their works, they reflect ecological as well as socio-political topics on the level of design, drilling down on personal experiences. In designing and re-combining objects, everyday items and furniture, they create scenographical spaces between the poles of the functional and the non-functional.

The duo formed while studying at the Sate Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, Germany, where they were both awarded with diplomas in industrial design. They have also studied at the Alvar Aalto University in Helsinki and at the San José State University in California. Their works have been shown in exhibitions at the Fondazione Kenta, Milan (2021), the Art Basel (2021), the Collectible, Brussels (2022, 2023) and the Galerie Kernweine, Stuttgart (2021). They have been honoured by the German Designer Club (Deutscher Designer Club, DDC) in 2021 and were nominated for the German Design Newcomer Award (2021). Haus Otto (Patick Henry Nagel and Nils Körner) live and work in Stuttgart.


Curated by Paul Ambros


The exhibitions in the SCHAUFENSTER JUNGE KUNST are supported by the Helmut-Fischer Foundation.

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