Citizens across Europe are currently taking the initiative to re-appropriate urban space. A group of neighbours transforms wasteland into public space. Garden plot owners open their grounds to unemployed youths to test their small-scale business ideas. Communities are becoming patrons where they were once supplicants. Identified as “We-Traders” they redefine the relation between value, profit and public good and are able to motivate fellow citizens to follow suit. They respond to crisis in several arenas of urban life, be it economic, social or ecological and diffuse the boundaries between buyers and sellers: consumers become co-producers. Through interactive forums, workshops and exhibitions the project connects initiatives by artists, designers, architects and activists from Lisbon, Madrid, Toulouse, Turin and Berlin, where the current crisis manifests different facets from empty coffers and social polarisation to a lack of civic sense as a result of excessive growth.
Furniture, by its very nature, is a practical form, defined by its character and functionality. In his new exhibition Raumbilder (Spatial Pictures), Sven Temper presents his latest works, unique takes on ordinary household furniture, rendered here in everyday wood and mass produced materials. The show at gallery Hans-Peter Jochum sets his particular usages through an array of sideboards, tables, chairs, shelves, as well as multiple new takes on the armchair. The title of the exhibition refers to both the material as well as the social connotations of space, its physical and social impact and how social spaces are constructed through communication and/or action.
Credits: Sven Temper
Specialty tea is still leading a fringe existence on the European continent. But that’s about to change, as P & T sets out from Berlin to spread the word on fine tea in an altogether novel fashion. P & T has made it their mission to make fine teas and tea culture more accessible and rewarding to a broader audience. Nothing like a conventional tea shop, it breaks with the traditional apothecary-like over-the-counter model. Instead, the original presentation system encourages self-directed discovery, sensory experience and dialogue.
Photos by Ludger Paffrath
P & T
Credit: Verner Panton, 1969
As a journey through finest textile art, the exhibition features selected protagonists from the discipline, like Sofie Dawo, who by transgressing the boundaries of the medium’s two-dimensional format, steered the evolution of tapestry towards three-dimensional relief and fine art. The artists Lena Meyer-Bergner and Elisabeth Kadow – both trained at the Bauhaus University in Weimar – are presented with studies on paper for textiles alongside with a homage from Verner Panton to Josef Albers, selected samples by Barbro Nilsson from the notable Swedish weaver Märta-Maas Fjetterström, and a hand-woven wall piece made in the Sixties by Renata Bonfanti. The site specific installation by Frauke Eigen “Friendship-Balls” – or Japanese Temari – further traces a Far East tradition from the 7th Century.
Credits: Frauke Eigen, 2011; Installationsansicht Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum, 2012 | Sofie Dawo, 1973 | Elisabeth Kadow, 1957 | Lena Meyer-Bergner, 1928
On the last weekend of June (29. – 30.) in Berlin and the first weekend of July (6. – 7.) in Paris, the fourth edition of Berlin-Paris, a gallery exchange project illuminates the artistic tendencies of the two capital cities by presenting around 60 artists and creating new impetuses through its selection of galleries. One of the new features introduced in this year´s edition is the involvement of artistic interventions organized by the curator collectives The Office and Le Bureau/.
CARLIER | GEBAUER – MARCELLE ALIX
CHERT and MOTTO – CNEAI=
GALERIE CAMPAGNE PREMIÈRE – EMMANUEL HERVÉ
GALERIE ULRICH FIEDLER – JOUSSE ENTREPRISE
GALERIE ZINK – ALMINE RECH GALLERY
KLEMM’S – TORRI
MEHDI CHOUAKRI – GALERIE 1900-2000
Credits: Mark Hagen: Additive Painting #73, 2011 | Pierre Jeanneret Group: Kangoo Sofa, 1960, Courtesy Jousse Entreprise/ Photo Adrien Dirand | Yona Friedman: Architecture without building, Edition CNEAI, 2012 | Jérémie Gindre: Entrance to Cavern, 2012, Courtesy Chert, Berlin | Sophie Nys: Parque do Flamengo, 2012, Courtesy Galerie Emmanueal Hervé.
BERLIN-PARIS, THE OFFICE
GALERIE HANS-PETER JOCHUM
Furniture by Olivetti, Ugo Sissa, Studio BBPR, Gabetti e Isola, Sottsass, Hans von Klier, Leclerc, Aulenti
13.04. – 09.06.2012
GALERIE ULRICH FIEDLER
Ettore Sottsass | The 1950s
13.04. – 23.06.2012
Exhibition view ETTORE SOTTSASS | OLIVETTI CONNECTION, Hans-Peter Jochum
Architect and Designer Ettore Sottsass has had a long standing, tight working connection with the house of Olivetti, a productive connection that is the focus of two parallel exhibitions: Ettore Sottsass at Ulrich Fiedler, and Olivetti Connection at Hans-Peter Jochum. The show at Ulrich Fiedler Gallery features Ettore Sottsass’ work from the fifties, while Hans-Peter Jochum is exhibiting the Olivetti Connection, a show dedicated to key exponents from the design and architecture archives of the OLIVETTI business empire – objects whose breadth and significance was determined by the likes of Ettore Sottsas, Ugo Sissa, Studio BBPR and Hans von Klier.
Credits: Ugo Sissa, Sofa from Casa Campagnolo, 1942-1943 | Chest Of Drawer by Designer Hans von Klier | Cabinet, Casa Astrua, ca. 1955 | Enamel, produced by Il Sestante-Milan, 1958 | Newspaper rack, Casa Astrua, ca. 1955
GALERIE ULRICH FIEDLER, HANS-PETER JOCHUM
Credit: Sven Temper, Rungezimmer ©Hans-Peter Jochum, courtesy the artist
The exhibition Furniture as a Model at Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum in Berlin featured the works of Berlin based designer Sven Temper. Individual items of furniture designed specifically for the room they are intended for, Sven Temper’s artistic design process follows defining furniture as functional articles for daily use, whereby the conceptualities of fine art and applied art form the basis. The exhibition further presented the “Rungezimmer”, which Temper designed for the Philipp Otto Runge commemorative year at the Kunsthaus Hamburg 2011.
The exhibition Design Schweiz at Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum in Berlin featured exceptional design made in Switzerland during the period 1930 – 1960. The selected examples of the Swiss “Moderne” included furniture and lighting design from swiss pioneers in design like Hans Bellmann, Rico and Rosemarie Baltensweiler, Jacob Müller and Max Bill. For the opening event the soundpiece Swiss Chalet by Andreas Reihse was performed.
All images ©Hans-Peter Jochum, courtesy of the artists
Credit: Conceptual sketch by Pedrita, Photo © Francisco Nogueira
Located in the heart of downtown Lisbon, the 1960s building offers 19 apartments to rent for short or long term Lisbon visits. Close to Chiado, Bairro Alto and the Castle of São Jorge, the Lisbonaire is home to travellers with an appreciation for design, hosting them in individually designed studios by a Portuguese graphic, product or furniture designer rooted in the young and vibrant Lisbon design scene.
Credits: 2 x Apartment “N” designed by Ricardo Mealha | Apartment “M” designed by Pedro Falcão | Apartment “P” designed by Marco Balesteros |Apartment “T” designed by Paulo Arraiano – All Photos © Francisco Nogueira
Image ©Talking Cities
The exhibition Talking Cities was part of the International Architecture and Design Forum ENTRY2006 at the World Heritage Site of Zeche Zollverein in Essen (the coal washing plant transformed by OMA), featuring innovative international design & architecture as a collective dialogue on reconfiguring and reactivating the marginal, residual and public spaces of our contemporary cities.
Credits: Interbreeding Field |Timorous_Beasties | Andreas Bergmann | Karsten Konrad; all images courtesy the designers and architects
TALKING CITIES, ENTRY2006