In November 2012, Studio Manuel Raeder began developing the three display structures and furniture that make up La letra E está por doquier (The Letter E is everywhere) with fellow studio designer Santiago da Silva for Centro de Diseño de Oaxaca. As the first public institution of its kind in Mexico, it understands design as a tool for social change and, coinciding with the ethos of Studio Manuel Raeder, follows the understanding that form relates to production and production to alternative economic relations based on dialogue and the exchange of ideas. As a result the furniture features seating made out of plastic, wooden stools and upturned buckets, as well as the ubiquitous white plastic Monobloc chairs, reconfigured and covered with woven palm leaf. The modular cake table was produced in collaboration with a furniture factory and local wood producers in Oaxaca. Additionally the cubic structures display a selection of catalogues and artists’ books produced by Studio Manuel Raeder over the past ten years, as well as collected and found objects such as art wares, which the designers collected from their stay in Mexico.
The products of the Berlin based design company NEW TENDENCY are characterized by conceptual design, clear aesthetics and functional form, as well as the fact that they’re manufactured locally. Whether it is a glass, a coat rack or a jewelry collection, the design company’s credo is continually reflected in its new, interdisciplinary creations – expanding its portfolio of original products and collaborations with select designers. Corresponding to this approach, their newest innovation, the shelf rack CLICK is the result of a collaboration with Danish architect Sigurd Larsen. Furthermore, the latest NEW TENDENCY product range includes the MASA table base, the DECEMBER floor lamp, the HASH coat rack, the META side table and the X CHAIR, the RIEN glass as well as the SID & CHAD vases, next to a new oak version of the SHIFT, which received the Interior Innovation Award 2014.
Photos: Haw-lin | Matthias Schmitt & Michael Ott
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.