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China International Furniture Fair18.03.2017 – 31.03.2017
27 December 2014
Dauchauer Straße 114, Munich
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Out of the Ordinary.Interview with Wieki Somers
Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg are together Studio Wieki Somers. Since the founding of the studio the designer duo lives and works in Rotterdam and has specialised in a slightly different view on ordinary objects. They experiment with forms and materials and get their inspiration from nature and natural forms. Until 11 January 2015 the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam dedicates the retrospective “Out of the Ordinary” exhibition to the designer duo and presents objects and installations from the last ten years of their collaboration. We spoke with the designer Wieki Somers about the studio and her approach towards design.
Light Air Sun.The New Frankfurt
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt
– 18 January 2015
Under Ernst May as head of the Municipal Planning and Building Control Office and Martin Elsaesser as head of the Frankfurt Building Department, between 1925 and 1930 Frankfurt became a stronghold of the International Style. The exhibition “Light Air Sun: The New Frankfurt” shows this new type of construction from the perspective of Matthias Matzak.
Ikonen und Eintagsfliegen
aut. architektur und tirol
– 14 February 2015
Arthur Zelger characterised the visual image of Tyrol like no other person. In 2014, he would have been 100 years old. To mark this occasion, the first exhibition “Ikonen und Eintagsfliegen” [Icons and mayflies] by the Wei sraum association is combining a comprehensive collection of his works and is thus offering an insight into his graphic language, which considerably influenced successive generations of designers.
Philosophical Perspectives on Design
Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Musik Freiburg
16 – 17 January 2015
Design is becoming increasingly complex and ubiquitous. However, design theory is heavily bogged down in practice and actual processes. The symposium “Philosophical Perspectives on Design” focuses on this issue and seeks to bring together design and philosophy in order to discuss the essential nature of the discipline.
Einknicken oder Kante zeigen?Die Kunst der Faltung
Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
– 22 February 2015
The exhibition “Einknicken oder Kante zeigen? Die Kunst der Faltung” [Rather fold or be edgy? The art of folding] which runs until February 2015 in the Museum für Konkrete Kunst in Ingolstadt examines in detail the art of folding. For although we are all regularly confronted with folding and bending things in our everyday lives only few people are actually aware of it.
The Power of Making
Wasserschloß Klaffenbach, Chemnitz
– 1 February 2015
The course in ceramics and glass design at the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle is unique in Germany. “The Power of Making” has now given it a platform in Chemnitz within which projects are shown and also the details of the course are explained.
Lina Bo Bardi
Architecture Museum – TU Munich
– 22 February 2015
The 100th birthday of the Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi is the occasion for the exhibition entitled “Lina Bo Bardi 100. Brasiliens alternativer Weg in die Moderne” in which her work is celebrated until 22 February 2015. With her buildings, furniture, exhibitions and theories she shaped modern architecture in Brazil.
Secret Signs. Calligraphy in Chinese Contemporary Art
– 8 February 2015
The “Secret Signs” exhibition which runs until 8 February in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg looks at the role of calligraphy in contemporary Chinese culture. Thirty-eight artists are showing 110 works some of which were created specifically for this exhibition. The works include various different media including calligraphy, photography, video, installations and objects. Included are works by artists such as Gu Wenda, Xu Bing, Qiu Zhijie, Zhang Huan and Wu Shanzhuan.
– 6 April 2015
What is photography? This question is currently being explored in an exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. At the centre is avant-garde photography from between 1920 and 1950 and the range it covers between New Objectivity and Surrealism.
Museu del Disseny de Barcelona. Reopening
13 December 2014
Since it closed in 2012, the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona has been preparing for its reopening. On December 13, the doors to the museum were once again opened to the public in the new building of the Disseny Hub Barcelona. Visitors have the opportunity to become acquainted with the museum and its exhibitions free of charge from 14 December 2014 until 31 January 2015.
A New Layer.Taiwanese Lacquer Art seen through Swedish Eyes
Världskultur Museerna Östasiatiska, Stockholm
– 8 February 2015
For the exhibition “A New Layer”, five Swedish designers, Carina Seth Andersson, Matti Klenell, Stina Löfgren, Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom, have applied a Swedish aesthetic to traditional Taiwanese lacquer art. The resulting exhibition features contemporary objects that have been made using ancient lacquerwork techniques.
form N° 257. Non-Places
People adopt places, shape them, and sometimes later abandon them again. Places are contexts that change continuously through their use and also disuse. During the work on the theme of “Abandoned Places” we expanded our perspective in such a way that while the state of abandonment was our starting point, it has also to do with the variability of this status. After all, a place that has been abandoned for various reasons was once lively, and can be reanimated once again. In order to capture this sense of mutability and the resulting transitional nature of places, we gave our latest issue the title of “Non-Places”.
Ludwig goes Pop
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
– 11 January 2015
According to Richard Hamilton, works of art should be “popular, mass-produced, consumable, cheap, funny, sexy, playful, striking and enticing”. He caused a scandal in 1957 by thus renouncing the standards and values upheld by the art world and heralding the advent of Pop – seen by some as a liberating force, and by others as a tacky affront.
Three questions for: Hanno Schwab, Earlybird
Timed to coincide with the start of the skiing season, Earlybird, the up-and-coming ski manufacturer based in Berne, Switzerland, presents its first three touring ski models. In doing this, Earlybird is following a trend because lately increasing numbers of ski manufacturers have been offering individually manufactured models at competitive prices. However, the Earlybird models are presenting something special. The team surrounding Hanno Schwab, the founder, with whom we talked about the development of the products, is using only regional wood varieties and sustainable materials for its skis.
These ski models are currently being shown in the “Produkt und Persönlichkeit” [product and personality] exhibition in the Stilhaus in Rothrist in the canton of Aargau. Using the Creative Hub, a platform supporting young designers in marketing their low volume productions, the skis can be viewed and purchased until 31 March 2015.
We are presenting more ski manufacturers in form 257.
Create Your Bucharest!
Closing date: 15 January 2015
Bucharest has a colourful past and is home to a diverse culture. As part of the Vienna Biennale 2015, the Create Your Bucharest! initiative is now calling upon artists, designers and architects to come up with concepts and visions for the future of the city.
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
– 11 January 2015
The exhibition on Dutch Structuralism running until 11 January at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam focuses on the eponymous architectural movement that lasted from the early 1950s to the late 1960s.
50th Anniversary.London College of Furniture
Parker Gallery, London
Until 23 January
In its exhibition celebrating its 50 years of existence, the London College of Furniture (LCF), a predecessor of courses now offered at London Metropolitan University, is aiming to present to the general public the diversity of its ideas and its international status.
Kultur 4.0 – Now Loading?. Symposium
Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe
9 December 2014
The “Kultur 4.0 - Now Loading? Zur digitalen Zukunft auswärtiger Kulturpolitik ” symposium takes place on 9 December from 10 am to 6 pm and will be looking at the diversity of internet culture and will also be presenting ground-breaking formats requiring participation.
After Hurricane Sandy
Aedes am Pfefferberg, Berlin
6 December 2014 – 22 January 2015
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Caribbean and the mainland of the United States. It claimed almost 150 lives and caused damage costing billions of dollars. In response, the Rebuild by Design project was launched seeking architectural answers to the increasing occurrences of natural disasters. The results are now going to be exhibited in Berlin.
Realms of Childhood.Dreams of Childhood
– 25 January 2015
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
Children’s books create fantastic worlds using words and – no less important – visual interpretations by illustrators. In the “The Realms of Childhood.Dreams of Childhood” exhibition held in the MAK, Frankfurt, visitors can experience these pictorial worlds until the end of January.
In Reserve: Concerning the Architecture of the Reservoir
Bauhaus Lab, Dessau
– 5 January 2015
The exhibition “In Reserve: Concerning the Architecture of the Reservoir” deals with the practical issues of storage in agriculture in relation to architecture and household. The exhibition by the Bauhaus Lab can be viewed until 5 January 2015 in Dessau.
Galerie Kreo, Paris
– 20 December 2014
Until 20 December, the Galerie Kreo in Paris is showing a selection of works in wood by contemporary designers. At the same time, the Galerie is also aspires to be a kind of design laboratory for research.
Le Labo des Héritiers
Grand-Hornu Images Museum, Belgium
– 4 January 2015
Throughout the year, the Grand-Hornu Images Museum is organising various events on the theme of origins. Against this background, the exhibition “Le Labo des Héritiers” [The laboratory of heirs] is being staged to examine in more detail the works by descendants of four selected well-known designers and artists.
Hanna Krüger.A collective Structure
– 14 December 2014
For the very first time, the exhibition “Die Sammlung – a collective structure” displays work put together by the designer Hanna Krüger as part of her “Stacking and Adding” project during her one-year Nespresso Design Scholarship. The exhibition can be visited up until 14 December at the Design Laboratory at the MAK in Vienna.
Amerika Haus Berlin
– 16 January 2015
During the post-war years Berlin was a place of turmoil and contrasts. The US photographer Will McBride captured the spirit of this time in his expressive images. C/O Berlin is now exhibiting 100 of his works at the Amerika Haus Berlin.
Arts and Crafts Fair
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
28 November – 7 December 2014
Hamburg’s Arts and Crafts Fair is one of the longest-established events of its kind. It has run since 1887 and has thus promoted contemporary craftwork for over 130 years. The aim behind the foundation of the fair, to provide unequivocal support for craft and design that stands out against a background of inferior mass production and one-size-fits-all goods, has lost nothing of its resonance today.
Casa Tabarelli Rediscovered by Okolo
Sklada Galerie, Sofia
21– 31 November 2014
The “Casa Tabarelli Rediscovered” exhibition, organised by Okolo – a design collective from Prague – is an interpretation of previously little-seen works by the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa.
Wie ge-wohnt. Deutsches Studentenwerk Poster Competition
Application deadline: 5 December 2014
For many young people, making a start at university also marks the first time that they move into their own place. For this year’s competition, the Deutsches Studentenwerk [German National Association for Student Affairs] is looking for images relating to different types of housing. Anyone studying Graphic Design, Communication Design or Visual Communication at a German university can enter.
100 Years of Bauhaus. Symposium
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
3 – 5 December 2014
The 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus movement will take place in 2019, celebrating one of the most important cultural achievements of the 20th century.
Auction of Wolfgang Schmittel’s estate
Auction house Arnold, Frankfurt
29 November 2014
Wolfgang Schmittel shaped the logo that Braun holds on to until today. Now some of his design assets are going to be auctioned at Arnold’s in Frankfurt/Main on 29 November.
Neglected Architecture. Post-war modernity in Eastern and Central Europe
Neglected Grassland, Frankfurt/Main
– 7 December 2014
When the Iron Curtain came down in August 1989, it signalled the end of a social, political, economic and cultural experiment in which architecture also played an important role. The “Neglected Architecture” exhibition, which can be seen until 7 December in Frankfurt, features interesting examples of contemporary architecture that emerged under the influence of communist ideology.
Three questions for:Uta Brandes, international Gender Design Network
Is there anyone who is not aware of products with gender-specific associations such as hammer drills, chain saws, handbags and prams? These clichés are not only embedded in the minds of users but also in the minds of designers, which in turn demonstrate specific colour stereotypes or the use of particular materials.
The international Gender Design Network (iGDN) is organising its first German-language conference on the theme of gender and design taking place on 21 November at the International School of Design in Cologne. Also, running until 7 December, there is an exhibition “The Great small” looking at products that gender aware and gender unaware to be held at the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. We put three questions to Uta Brandes, the founder of iGDN.