Instead of normal office-style table and chairs, the office of Werner Hofacker, Professor of Thermal Process Engineering at Constance University of Applied Sciences, is furnished with a table with a carved elephant and two dark, exotic wood chairs. “The chairs are made from a single piece of wood, waste wood actually,” explains the researcher. While the expensive tree trunks are exported, the regional artisans use the remaining stubs and turn them into artistic tools and furniture. The furniture comes from Togo, and Hofacker brought it with him to Germany when he came back from a four-year stay in Africa.
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