Feature, 10.11.2014

Designed by Markus Miessen for NEW TENDENCY

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.’


Credit: © NEW TENDENCY, Photos: Haw-lin Services

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.


Credit: © NEW TENDENCY, Photos: Haw-lin Services


Feature, 13.10.2014



© Cee Cee Berlin

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.


Photo: Schinkel Pavillon | Tempelhof, Photo: Andreas Alexander Bohlender


Feature, 09.09.2014

HGK FHNW, Dreispitz-Areal, Basel, Schwitzerland

At the heart of an evolving, urbane, inner-city district, the Academy of Art and Design FHNW opens a new campus. Including converted studio spaces and a new high rise, all of the school’s institutes, which were previously located throughout Basel, will finally be brought together in the Dreispitz complex. Through the spatial concentration of the departments in a joint Campus of the Arts, knowledge and experience can now be widely shared and also centrally pooled. New initiatives will foster this interdisciplinary and intercultural orientation of the Campus: for example, an experimental platform for contemporary artistic positions (Curating the Campus), an initiative linking areas of knowledge, other activities, and current discourses on the themes of design confronted with today’s environmental challenges (Design Platform Basel), and a knowledge based, interactive digital platform that will connect theory, research, and artistic and design practice (Digital Campus). On the occasion of its degree show, the Academy for Art and Design FHNW will open its doors to a preview of the new building complex in mid-September, and will celebrate the area’s official opening by the end of October.

Photos: Kambiz Shafei and Hans-Peter Huser

Photos: Kambiz Shafei and Hans-Peter Huser


Feature, 01.09.2014

An exhibition by a group of 12 Berlin-based studios of architects,
designers and engineers at Galerie Judin
13.09. – 15.10.2014

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.

Photo: Something Fantastic

Photo: Something Fantastic


Feature, 01.08.2014


In order to create the newest item on their menu, the team of Grill Royal has become the first restaurant in Germany to acquire access to speciality Kobe Beef from Japan. Kobe is a subset of meat from genuine Wagyu cattle, whose production is extremely limited and subjected to strict regulations and government supervision. In order to bear the name ‘Kobe beef,’ cattle must be certified, pedigreed Tajima cattle (Tajima-gyu), as well as bred, raised, slaughtered and assessed by the Japanese Meat Grading Association in the Hy?go Prefecture around its capital city, Kobe. The degree of marbling must amount to a minimum BMS (Beef Marbling Score) of 6, following the Japanese grading system. Only when all of these criteria are fulfilled does the beef receive the Kobe beef stamp, shaped like a Japanese chrysanthemum blossom, which is a symbol of the Japanese imperial court. At Grill Royal, chef Michael Böhnke will prepare the meat in different and seasonally varying styles, with a main focus on the classic steak grilled on a lava stone for one or more people, known as the Teppanyaki plate. But also pure and marinated versions of carpaccio, or Japanese-inspired dishes such as Shabu Shabu (thin slices) will be on the menu.



Feature, 15.07.2014

Otto Piene. More Sky
17.07. – 31.08.2014

Invited to accompany the exhibition Otto Piene. More Sky, the bar at Pauly Saal has moved to Neue Nationalgalerie, where Pienes slide installation “The Proliferation of the Sun” (Die Sonne kommt näher) is being performed. Conceived in 1967, the performance on the upper floor of the Mies van der Rohe building consists of projecting colourful shimmering shapes, hand-painted onto more than 1000 glass slides, to create what Piene calls a “poetic journey through space.” Inspired by this spectral colour experience, Head Bartender of the bar at Pauly Saal Bobbi Kay has created four cocktails that take from Piene’s colour compositions and use of contrary colours to create large surfaces that stand in opposition to one another. The museum’s reception counter serves as the bar, and is also integrated in the show with an identical, mirroring counter. “Otto Piene. More Sky” is a joint exhibition of the Neue Natioganalgalerie and Deutsche Bank KunstHalle.


Photos: Steve Herud


Feature, 27.06.2014

Annual Summit for the creative economy, Weimar
29. – 30.06.2014


© Digital Bauhaus Summit

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.


Feature, 28.02.2014


How does a digitally oriented generation, for whom creativity, sustainability, and mobility are more important than status, live? This is the question explored in Freunde von Freunden’s and Vitra’s first apartment in Berlin. Building upon their common styles and experiences, the FvF Apartment by Vitra on Mulackstrasse offers a glimpse into the world of the Swiss furniture manufacturer’s collage and visualizes the interview magazine’s conceptualization of urban living. The 65sqm ‘Altbau’ apartment has been rebuilt and designed to be adaptable to the diverse scenarios of everyday life.


Photos: Steve Herud


Feature, 05.02.2014

Vom ICC zum ICCC
International Center for Contemporary Culture Berlin


Something Fantastic © ICC Berlin

From ICC to ICCC – International Center for Contemporary Culture Berlin

The ICC, a 38-year-old architectural Gesamtkunstwerk, is one of the most important international buildings in Berlin. The unique icon of the 20th century is to be preserved and at the same time newly challenged. The ICC could become the ICCC, a center for contemporary culture in Berlin. The utilization concept is based on a synergy of conference facilities, a venue for performers and fine arts, a restaurant and cafés, a hotel, an art and media outlet as well as temporary co-working spaces, and studios. „What is needed is a catalyst for the meeting of worlds that represents and is part of our journey in to the future. The first phase of post-Wall Berlin, the art colonisation of the city, is almost complete. Now we need to look towards a new, technically orientated consciousness and what better hub for that endeavour than the ICCC? A mothership for the merging of two cultures in the third industrial age. The architecture of the ICC, the ship-like form that shouts “space” rather than “sea” are all perfect companions to this journey.“ Sophie Lovell (Author & Editor-in-Chief, uncube magazine). Scope of work of BUREAU N was the concept development for future use, together with Florian Heilmeyer and Something Fantastic.

What is needed is a catalyst for the meeting of worlds that represents and is part of our journey in to the future. The first phase of post-Wall Berlin, the art colonisation of the city, is almost complete. Now we need to look towards a new, technically orientated consciousness and what better hub for that endeavour than the ICCC? A mothership for the merging of two cultures in the third industrial age. The architecture of the ICC, the ship-like form that shouts “space” rather than “sea” are all perfect companions to this journey. Sophie Lovell (Author & Editor-in-Chief, uncube magazine)


Photos: © Nuno Cera

Feature, 25.01.2014

LUMA/Westbau, Löwenbräukunst, Zurich
30.01. – 30.03.2014


Credit: Content is Relative

Expanding on the emergent poetics of online distribution systems and the prominence of poetry in 89plus projects to date, the exhibition Poetry will be made by all! will bring together works from renowned and upcoming international poets and writers, born after 1989. Inspired by the seminal exhibition ‘Transform the world! Poetry must be made by all!’ at the Moderna Museet, the exhibition of 89plus will highlight how the written word, far from being diminished, finds a renewed importance within today’s digital information networks. During the opening days of Poetry will be made by all! readings and performances by poets, artists and writers such as Harry Burke, Andrew Durbin, Mashinka Firunts, Sophia Le Fraga, Rui An Ho, Sang-Woo Lee, Trisha Low, Steve Roggenbuck and Dena Yago, as well as Etel Adnan, Caroline Bergvall, Christian Bök, Anton Bruhin, Tao Lin, Tracie Morris, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Eugenie Paultre and many others, will be held, including a performance by concrete poet Eugen Gomringer. For its inaugural exhibition, 89plus is partnered in association with UbuWeb. This platform has expanded to include a remarkable collection of film and video art, critical documents and essays, sound poetry and art recordings, among many other unclassifiable strands of the avant-garde.