The Swiss Design Awards are Switzerland’s leading national design competition organized annually by the FOC (Federal Office of Culture) since 1918. Coinciding with Art Basel and Design/Miami, the annual Swiss Design Awards exhibition provides a representative overview and a unique insight into contemporary Swiss design practice: products and objects, fashion and textile design, graphic design, photography, scenography and mediation (curating and criticism). The winners of the Swiss Design Awards will be offered their choice of either a money prize of CHF 25,000, an internship in a renowned office or a studio residence abroad.
Launched in 2007, the Swiss Grand Award for Design, given by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, highlights annualy the work of well-known designers that exemplify the quality and relevance of Swiss design practice nationally and internationally. With its selection, the Federal Design Commission underscores the outstanding and pioneering significance of this year’s award winners, who have played a key role in fueling cultural creativity in Switzerland: whether through the development of the legendary Haas Unica font, a seminal contribution by Team’77 to typeface design in Switzerland; Lora Lamm’s innovative revolt within Milan’s male-dominated design world of the 1950s and 1960s; or Luc Chessex’s interrogation of the power and veracity of images, together with one of the largest collections of photos from the Cuban revolution.
Displayed in the form of a conceptual installation, Berlin-based architect duo Pierre Jorge Gonzalez and Judith Haase AAS presents Assembling, selected and assembled design objects from the Jacksons extensive collection of 20th-century designs. A natural extension of their spatial practice and influence within the ‘Galerienhause’, which AAS designed in 2007, the assemblage, created at the invitation of Paul and Carina Jackson, renegotiates and ultimately reassembles how we perceive and dissect objects and space. The collection of objects, ranging from traditional and minimal furniture to reconfigured objects, confronts the notion of ‘assemblage’ in relation to the history of modern furniture design, and explores the relationship between space and object from the perspective of an architect. Among the featured objects are Robert Wilson’s “Hamletmachine Chair” (1987), Rodolfo Bonetto’s Sistema Flu lamp (1980), and Stig Lindberg’s “Snurrand” reversible vase candlestick (1950). Accompanying the exhibition is a publication designed by Frederic Teschner, featuring an essay by Hehl Rainer, which will be launched on the occasion of the opening of Assembling.
Created around the concept that an object finds its form only when utilised by the user, the YUHI lamp consists of geometric surfaces, indirectly lit by an internal organic light-emitting diode (OLED). Designed by architect Clemens Tissi at the invitation of NEW TENDENCY, the lamp is suitable for both tabletops and floors. The two-dimensional light produced by the thin OLED-module allows the light grey steel sheet to become a reflective source of light. Surface and light form a variable entity of two independent parts in YUHI, Japanese for “evening sun,” in turn creating graphic and spatial depictions of various modulations of light and shadow.
Philosophically similar to NEW TENDENCY, Donald Judd’s objects are continuously driven by an obsession for craftsmanship, coupling high quality materials and industrial production techniques, met by the ambition of handmade production processes. Donald Corporate takes Judd’s ambition as a starting point for a spatial conversation about the functionality of furniture-scale spatial objects – its core idea based on a two-fold approach, which unites our motivation to bastardize and hijack an existing family of objects, at the same time working around and implementing a process of ‘Maximizing Minimalism.’
In the context of this collaboration Markus Miessen speculates on how to imagine and implement the maximum use value while maintaining the spatial properties of the so-called original. As in Judd’s original, the tabletops contain a second layer, which – in the case of the revamped version – acts as a functional retrofit that is also mimicked by the stands. These storage units can be used and explored in a variety of formal and informal ways and range from the super-functional to the partially absurd. Donald Corporate was previewed on this year’s Istanbul Design Biennale and will be officially released at the upcoming imm Cologne 2015.
Beginning as an email newsletter for friends, the Cee Cee weekly guide has become a staple in multi-faceted Berlin city life. Every Thursday, five recommendations are sent to subscribers, highlighting inspiring places, food, culture, design, art and events, accompanied by a guest contribution of people from all walks of life recommending places and things they like. Among them: fashion designer Hien Le who recommended his favourite restaurant, and New York Times correspondent Gisela Williams, who introduced the literary lounge at Soho House Berlin. The best of the Cee Cee newsletters have now been compiled into a book including old and new guest entries. Chapters are uniquely separated by specific search themes, marked in individual colors and thus easily located on the foldable map that comes with the book. The map is meant to accompany and navigate the reader throughout the city.
Given today’s range of contemporary social, economic and ecological issues in combination with the acceleration of technological change, we are positioned in an inclusive and complex time. HOW SOON IS NOW revisits themes of the legendary exhibition “This Is Tomorrow” held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 1956, curated by Lawrence Alloway, asking if yesterday’s tomorrow is not today, how soon is now? What values and possibilities can we imagine with a more speculative approach that is unburdened by the constraints of everyday practice? Speculating in antagonistic collaboration HOW SOON IS NOW sets up a programme for the future and presents spatial interventions and manifestos by: Barkow Leibinger, Brandlhuber+, Jesko Fezer, Christoph Gengnagel, Fehling & Gogel , Gonzalez Haase AAS, Konstantin Grcic , J. MAYER H. with Marc Kushner, June-14 | Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff, Ludwig Leo, Sauerbruch Hutton, and Something Fantastic.
Nine Berlin-based artists and architects have been invited by Jochum Rodgers to present contemporary statements in an autumn group show. Berta Fischer, Barkow Leibinger, Thilo Heinzmann, Thomas Kröger, Angela Mewes, Sven Temper, Clemens Tissi, Tina Roeder and Suse Weber – a group of friends among themselves, their practices are grounded in the fine arts, performance, architecture and sculpture, while their respective work is located between the disciplines. Their tendency towards design stems from different interests: experimentation with materials, boredom with the norm, questions of compositions or the joy of provocation. All works in the exhibition are either unique items or editions.
The original idea behind the Bauhaus, founded in Weimar in 1919, was not white boxes and tubular furniture, but collaboration: the collaboration of genres and disciplines as well as the interchange of arts, crafts and industries. Digital Bauhaus 2014 takes this idea into the 21st century and explores the formats and frameworks of creative group work, both online and on-site, that shape successful project organization. In the frame of an extensive program of hands-on workshops, keynote talks, panels and spaces for exchange, professional experts on collaboration invited to the summit will share lessons they’ve picked up, and delve into modes and models of working together both old and new.
Organized annually by the Federal Office of Culture since 1918, the Swiss Design Awards creates platforms that help the competition winners advance in their careers and present their work to a wider audience. This year’s Swiss Design Awards exhibition, designed by Holzer Kobler Architekturen, will feature the works by 49 selected designers from a number of disciplines: products and objects, fashion and textile design, graphic design, photography, scenography and intermediation. All of them are featured in detail with an interview and profile on the specifically built Swiss Design Awards Blog. The winners of the Awards can choose between prize money, a six-month internship at a well-known firm, or free studio residences in London and New York. Furthermore, the Swiss Grand Prix Design is annually awarded on the occasion of the SDA to outstanding individual designers that contribute to the renown of the country’s innovation – this year’s Grand Prix winners are Alfredo Häberli, Wolfgang Weingart and Erich Biehle.