Arno Votteler.
The Designer and his Master Students

Kurhaus Freudenstadt

– 17 March 2017


“Aus der Praxis für die Praxis” [From Practice to Practice] is the guiding principle under which the Baden-Württemberg Design Centre (formerly known as the Stuttgart Design Centre) is showcasing and promoting the relationship between design and industry. From 1 March 2017 on, the design centre will become a new cooperation partner for the Freudenstadt creative industry network Netzwerk Kreativwirtschaft Freudenstadt

Since 2015, the Freudenstadt network’s project “Zukunft Denken” [Thinking for the Future] has been supporting and facilitating networking between creatives and companies in the region. The industrial designer Arno Votteler was born and raised in Freudenstadt-Christophstal and has been a supporter of this network since its inception. The exhibition “Arno Votteler – Der Designer und seine Meisterschüler” [Arno Votteler – The Designer and his Master Students] at the Kurhaus Freudenstadt, is a retrospective of his life, and among other things, showcases pieces from the Neue Sammlung [New Collection] in Munich, original designs from the 1950s and current products such as the reissue of the renowned “Votteler Chair” by Walter Knoll. Arno Votteler is one of the most important designers and interior designers of the post-war period. He was co-founder of the Verband Deutscher Industriedesigner [Association of German Industrial Designers] as well as university teacher and co-founder of the Weissenhof Institute.


Votteler’s master students are holding two shows alongside the main exhibition. “green Innovations – High-tech in Wood” had its beginnings in the Spek Design office and is showcasing innovative products in wood, wood materials and veneer. “smArt Hotel” was created under the direction of Axel Müller-Schöll, a former pupil of Votteler. He is currently a professor at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, and along with students from the Department of Interior Architecture, is presenting future concepts under the themes “Kurzzeit-Wohnen” [Short-term Stays] and “Wohnen im Hotel“ [Staying in a Hotel]. In addition to the exhibitions, there are accompanying events, such as a master students evening with lectures. Detailed information on the supporting programme is available online.


Admission to the exhibition and the events is free of charge.


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