Nº 257

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Text: Stephan Ott


We recently received a letter from Journalist magazine with the following request: “Excuse us for saying so, but there are still people who don’t know ‘Form’ – how would you explain to them what it’s about?” We could have chosen one of the three humorous answers suggested by the magazine: a) Something like a Vogue for everyday life, but without the models. b) We look like Brand Eins, but we had the idea earlier. c) Looks good, makes no sense. Instead, we gave a simple answer, without humour – “design”. Anyone who has missed a train due to the impenetrable user interface of a ticket machine, been denied access to a car battery by a plethora of covers, or ruined their health with misconceived ergonomic products – all in the name of safety and justice – already knows perfectly well what looks good and makes no sense, doesn’t divide ideas into earlier or later, and certainly doesn’t need a Vogue for everyday life. Such people have different demands concerning design, and we fulfil these demands with and in form.

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Light into the darkness

Text: Franziska Porsch

Light is essential to our visual perception and has a direct impact on well-being and the body’s own biorhythm. By the same token, lack of light, whether at night or in the winter months when sunlight is in short supply, is detrimental to both physical health and our feeling of security. The following selection of projects shows how the darkness can be dispelled to remedy this.

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Design gegen und für

Gimme Shelter

Text: Eva Scharrer
Translation: Iain Reynolds

In the big cities of our globalised, capitalism-defined world, public spaces are disappearing, as a victim of a creeping privatisation of urban space. Our city centres, in particular, are increasingly geared towards consumption. For people who can’t or don’t wish to consume, especially those with no fixed address, it is becoming more and more difficult to find anywhere at all to rest.

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Ein Produkt französischer Fantasie

Jacques Tati as design critic

Text: Stephan Ott
Translation: Iain Reynolds

The five feature-length films made by scriptwriter, director and actor Jacques Tati – “Jour de Fête” (1949), “Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot” (1953), “Mon Oncle” (1958), “Playtime” (1967) and “Trafic” (1971) – have become part of the cinematic canon. In each, Tati uses exaggeration and situational comedy to satirise aspects of contemporary society in a way that is every bit as relevant today. Dysfunctional and function-overladen products, buildings and services play a leading role – as do their reappropriations.

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Colour Codes

Low-Tech Solutions

Ski manufacturers

Light into the darkness




Colour Coding System







Louisa Smith, Textrends


Exhibitions, Conferences, Events, Competitions

Focus: Non-Places


Initial Use and Conversion


What happened to Pop-up?


Verlassene Orte

An Exploration


Photo Spread

stand by

on hold

still life

passed by


How to leave Places


Design gegen und für

Gimme Shelter



Field Experiments

Narrative Tools


Skizzen Stühle Bauen Bücher

The Rasch brothers at Martha Herford



Creating Atmosphere



Jacques Tati as design critic


Bühne und Tafelrunde

Designxport in Hamburg


Carte Blanche

Julian Zigerli: Time is Money



Contrasting Emotions



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