British Design 1948 – 2012. (photo: Victoria and Albert Museum London)
In 1948 London hosted the first Olympic Games after the Second World War. The ‘austerity games’ (as they became known) took place at a time of economic crisis in a city devastated by bombing, but they provided a platform for reconciliation and reconstruction. In 2012 Britain welcomes the Olympics once more, and while the spirit remains, the context in which they are taking place has entirely changed.
British Design 1948–2012 traces those changes by exploring buildings, objects, images and ideas produced by designers and artists born, trained or based in Britain.
03. August 2012
Categories: Events, News
Tags: British Design, British Design 1948–2012, design, event, exhibition, fashion, London, Olympic Games, Victoria and Albert Museum
A recently opened solo exhibition at the new branch of Paris’s Centre Pompidou
shows a selection of the French brothers’ works from the last fifteen years. The more than 1,000 m² of space in Gallery 3 of the Centre Pompidou Metz, which was designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine, serves the brothers an enormous playground. The two designers have juxtaposed products from Vitra, Magis, Alessi, Established & Sons, Axor Hansgrohe, Kartell, Kvadrat, Cappellini and Ligne Roset without establishing any immediately obvious scenographic link between them. The only thing that seems to connect the works, installations and experiments is an element of playfulness. Perhaps it takes a hall of this size to reveal the extent to which the designers play not just with the scale of the objects and the viewers’ expectations, but with the space itself as well. read more…
18. October 2011
Categories: News, top designers
Tags: Bivouac, boundless, Centre Pompidou, creative, designers, Erwan Bouroullec, exhibition, experiments, installations, intimacy, Jean de Gastine, lamps, Metz, naivety, nomadic elements, office furniture systems, Ronan Bouroullec, room divider systems, security, sensuousness, shelving units, Shigeru Ban
Foto: Ampelphase 5 (Foto: Holger Peters)
People spend a considerable amount of time in their lives waiting. And especially waiting in traffic – for the train to pass, the traffic jam to break up or the red light to change.
Back in 2007, this waiting at traffic lights inspired office furniture specialists Vitra to launch a series of exhibitions. For a period of three weeks, six renowned architectural firms are invited to use the Frankfurt showroom to stage experimental installations in a space-consuming scenography inspired by the following question: How can dynamism, standstill and motion be translated into striking form? And while the traffic lights on the busy Gutleutstrasse thoroughfare are red, passing motorists are meant to become participants in the exhibition, at least for a brief moment. read more…
06. September 2011
Categories: architecture, Events, General, News
Tags: 3deluxe, a5 planung, Ampelphase, architecture, dynamism, exhibition, Kontext Architektur, KSP Jürgen Engel, office furniture, Planquadrat Elfers Geskes Krämer Part.G., showroom, specialists, Vitra
Koelnmesse has commissioned the Rat für Formgebung/German Design Council to act as overseers and organizers of the young designers’ exhibition and prize at imm cologne 2011, international furnishing show which is named D3 Contest since four years and was formerly known as inspired by cologne.
Up to 30 new product designs, the work of design students and young designers from around the world, will be preselected and featured in a special exhibition for the eighth time. The jury for the exhibitor prize, the interior innovation award cologne 2011, (due to be held at imm cologne) will then choose the three most talented up-and-coming international designers for 2011 from these nominees. A catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition and the nominated participants will be actively involved in the press activities associated with imm cologne. Entry deadline is September, 19th, 2010
Application form: http://www.german-design-council.de/fileadmin/Ausschreibungen/D3Contest2011_application_form_s.pdf
04. August 2010
Categories: young designers, [d3] design talents
Tags: award, catalogue, contest, exhibition, exhibitor prize, German Design Council, imm cologne 2011, interior innovation award cologne 2011, international furnishing show, Koelnmesse, students, young designers, [d3] contest
Richard Neutra Haus Pescher. photo: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam.
Austro-American architect Richard Neutra (born 1892 in Vienna, died 1970 in Wuppertal), one of the most important representatives of “classic Modernism”, was best known for his houses in Southern California. His designs combined light metal structures with stucco elements to create light, pervious ensembles, which he embedded with great sensitivity in carefully arranged gardens and landscapes.
For the first time ever architectural projects will be shown that he realized in Europe in his 10 final creative years (1960 – 1970) at MARTa Herford. He created eight villas, four in Switzerland, three in Germany and one in France. Prominent clients in this period included publisher of the ZEIT newspaper Gerd Bucerius but also figures from commerce and science. And for the first time seven unrealized projects will be documented, which were only discovered in the artist’s estate during research work for this exhibition – for example, a competition entry for the theater Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf.
10. May 2010
Categories: architecture, Events
Tags: architect, architecture, Bauhaus, Dion Neutra, Europe, exhibition, Gerd Bucerius, Hubertus Adam, Joachim Driller, Klaus Leuschel, Lilian Pfaff, Richard Neutra, Rolf Ahnesorg, Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, UCLA, Vienna, Wuppertal
It is in the nature of human beings to seek the simplest solution. In fact, the idealism of “edle Einfalt” (noble simplicity) and “stille Größe” (quiet grandeur) pre-dates classicism, and the “less is more” principle of modern design has remained a guiding notion through the postmodernist era up to the present.
The exhibition “The Essence of things” illuminates the influences and motifs of a principle whose impact on design transcends time and place. The diversity of this phenomenon is documented in such examples as the legendary Thonet chair No. 14, furniture and product design by Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Max Bill, Dieter Rams, Shiro Kuramata and Jasper Morrison up to the iPod.
In the exhibition, these objects will be complemented by photos from the fields of architecture, fashion and art. Despite all the rationalisation of method and material, concentration on functional essentials and abstraction of shape up to the very disappearance of things, the principle of simplicity demonstrates its great complexity.
03. May 2010
Tags: design, Dieter Rams, Essence of Things, exhibition, form, function, iPod, Jasper Morrison, material, opening time, reduction, Shiro Kuramata, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, x Bill
Koelnmesse will be premiering a new kitchen event in 2011: as a new trade fair format, “LivingKitchen” is the successful symbiosis of exhibition and event. It equally appeals to trade visitors and end consumers. With “LivingKitchen” Germany is once again provided with a kitchen forum that has global appeal and for which the industry, retailers, associations and Koelnmesse all take the same line. The message has been clearly formulated: Cologne will become the centre of the international kitchen industry.
Widespread approval for a new kitchen event - the industry is looking forward to Cologne
A target of nearly 80 exhibitors has been set for the first event. Nearly nine months before the event, the list of exhibitors reflects a representative cross-section of the industry. In addition to kitchen furnishing manufacturers, the household appliance and sink/fittings industry as well as manufacturers of refined kitchen countertops and service companies are among the groups of exhibitors set to attend LivingKitchen.
20. April 2010
Tags: appliance industry, Bosch, Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, BSH, CEO, Cologne, Ditmar Krusenbaum, end consumers, event, exhibition, Gerald Böse, Günter Scheipermeier, imm cologne 2011, international, kitchen fair, kitchen industry, LivingKitchen, media presence, nobilia, press coverage, Siemens, trade fair, trade visitors
Communication designers from around the world are creative like never before – and those interested in design can see this for themselves in Switzerland this spring. With the exhibition “Quality has a form. red dot presents: Excellent communication design in Basel” red dot presents in the exhibition area of the Basel School of Design from 13 April to 9 May 2010, the best communication design works that have won awards in the “red dot award: communication design 2009”. The festive vernissage will take place on 12 April 2010.
For a long time Basel has been regarded as one of the European centres of excellent graphic design. Famous designers, among them Niklaus Stöcklin, Burkhard Mangold, Herbert Leupin, Donald Brun, Armin Hofmann, and Emil Ruder, have had a formative influence on the history of communication design and the city’s reputation abroad over decades. The exhibition presenting the winners of the “red dot award: communication design 2009” continues this tradition and aims to ensure that the awareness of the global significance of creative work remains high in future.
12. April 2010
Categories: Awards, Events
Tags: Armin Hofmann, Basel, Basel School of Design, Beijing, Burkhard Mangold, communication design, Donald Brun, Dubai, Emil Ruder, exhibition, Herbert Leupin, Moscow, Niklaus Stöcklin, red dot, red dot award: communication design, Seoul, Singapore, Switzerland, Sydney, Tokyo
Liam Gillick, Closure of a plant, 2007, Collection Jumex, courtesy Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
The English artist Liam Gillick is internationally acclaimed as an artist whose practice investigates the continuation of radical Modernism into the present. He has been appointed to represent Germany at the 53rd Biennale in 2009 – the first non-German artist to be honoured with a one-man exhibition in the German Pavilion.
The Art and Exhibition Hall is delighted to be able to bring the artist to the attention of a wider audience in Germany after the conclusion of the Biennale. Focusing on the interaction between the critical potential of Gillick’s art and the aesthetic qualities of his works, the exhibition traces the development of the artist’s practice with important groups of works that shed light on the themes he addresses.
The exhibition will create a theoretical yet visually striking base from which to view the precision, continuity and beauty of his work. The visitor of the exhibition will be induced by the clarity of color and materials combined with brittle, brilliant views. A seductive poetry of words meets formal rigor and seriality. All this produces a game with light and reflection – both literal and historical. The work provokes fundamental questions about the possibilities and function of art in our social reality.
31. March 2010
Tags: art, Biennale, Bonn, design, event, exhibition, German Pavilion, Liam Gillick, Venice
D³ Design talents offers a space for young, creative talents in hall 3.1. A new generation of designers will be presenting innovations and visionary concepts for the future of domestic living.
An abundance of inspired – and at times provocative – designs will provide a great deal of inspiration and lots of fresh ideas for the interior design of tomorrow.
The success of this format can be seen by the many designers who have been discovered here by internationally renowned companies and whose designs have gone on to become part of exclusive collections. D³ Design talents is both a taste of things to come and a springboard for a career in design.
07. December 2009
Categories: Trends, young designers, [d3] design talents
Tags: architecture, career, Cologne, competition, design, exhibition, hall 3.1, imm cologne 2010, innovations, interior design, interior design of tomorrow, international, product design, Trends, visionary concepts, young designers, [d³] design talents, [d³] professionals, [d³] schools