Nº 272

Pattern


Jul/Aug 2017

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Patterns are not merely superficial phenomena, even if they are often visible only on the surface, be it on textiles, products or facades. Patterns have more depth and recur beyond their decorative functions in thought and behaviour, as well as in natural and man-made environments. We explore the subject of patterns in all aspects of life.

Published on 14 June 2017
132 pages, German, English, € 16.90 (DE)

Contributors of this issue

Ludovic Balland
Lisa Beyer
Sarah Dorkenwald
Karl Dresen
Jesko Fezer
Marco Fiedler (Vier5)
Meinrad Maria Grewenig
Kerstin Kraft
Kathrin Leist
Julia Lohmann
Horst Moser
Franziska Müller-Reissmann
Anja Neidhardt
Gabriele Oropallo
Achim Reichert (Vier5)
Antonia Roth
Carl Friedrich Then
Sven Thiery (L2M3)

Editorial team

Nadja Angermann
Carolin Blöink
Susanne Heinlein
Stephan Ott
Franziska Porsch
Sarah Schmitt
Jessica Sicking

Contributors of this issue

Ludovic Balland, Lisa Beyer, Sarah Dorkenwald, Karl Dresen, Jesko Fezer, Marco Fiedler (Vier5), Meinrad Maria Grewenig, Kerstin Kraft, Kathrin Leist, Julia Lohmann, Horst Moser, Franziska Müller-Reissmann, Anja Neidhardt, Gabriele Oropallo, Achim Reichert (Vier5), Antonia Roth, Carl Friedrich Then, Sven Thiery (L2M3)

Editorial team

Nadja Angermann, Carolin Blöink, Susanne Heinlein, Stephan Ott, Franziska Porsch, Sarah Schmitt, Jessica Sicking

Anniversary contributions

60 Years of form
Revisiting the Past

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of form, a milestone that has prompted us to stop and take stock. In particular, we will be revisiting a specific article, reader’s letter, image, cover, etc. from each of the magazine’s six decades to date.

A crucial step on the way towards the European Union was the signing of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, an event that did not pass unnoticed by the form editorial team at the time. In form 131 (1990), eight designers were asked for their opinions on “Design in Europe”. Once again, we pose the question of the meaning of design in Europe and the meaning of Europe for design.

Revisit historical starting points

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More articles of the issue

Editorial

Text: Stephan Ott

If you saw the most recent Munich episode of the celebrated German-language crime series Tatort, “Die Liebe, ein seltsames Spiel” [Love Is a Strange Game], you would have witnessed a spectacle of a special kind. 36 minutes and 45 seconds into the episode, detectives Batic and Leitmayr sit down in an architect’s office on the Chaos armchair (2001) by Konstantin Grcic. That  in itself is not especially surprising, since in real life the office is located in the headquarters of Classicon, the manufacturer of Chaos. What is more remarkable than the subtle product placement in this scene is, rather, the cleverly choreographed appropriation or rather seizure of occupancy of the armchair.

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Documenta 14

Text: Carolin Blöink

Translation: Bronwen Saunders

Adam Szymczyk, formerly director of the Kunsthalle Basel, is artistic director of this year’s Documenta 14 (D 14). It was he who initiated the first two-pronged structure in the event’s history with the Greek capital Athens and Kassel as host cities of equal standing. 

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Focus:

Muster als Modell
Samples and Patterns

Text: Franziska Müller-Reissmann
Translation: Nicholas Grindell

Increasing numbers of universities of design and art now once more have sample collections created and maintained explicitly for educational purposes. This signals a return to the tradition of working closely with materials in teaching, a tradition interrupted by the academisation of former schools of arts and craft. 

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Files:

The Lady Vanishes

Text: Horst Moser
Translation: Emily J. McGuffin

Is this picking the pockets of the dead? Resurrections may succeed in religious narratives (there’s that word, which I really wanted to avoid – oh well), but this is very rarely the case where magazines are concerned; sooner or later, most of these ambitious campaigns are called off. The various attempts to revive Twen were especially persistent. Pardon, Transatlantik, Simplicissimus, Lui and many others failed as well. 

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Nº 273
Designing Protest
Sep/Oct 2017

Text: Franziska Porsch

Protest as an expression of resistance can take a variety of forms, which are all – whether verbal or physical – subject of design. The coming issue casts light on how forms of resistance have transformed over time, to what extent they have influenced both politics and design, and what means and tactics are employed in actions of protest.

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Cluster

Text: Susanne Heinlein

Text: Carl Friedrich Then

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Research

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Fairs

Text: Stephan Ott

Agenda

Exhibitions, fairs, festivals, events, conferences, symposia, and competitions

Text: Kerstin Kraft

Interview: Susanne Heinlein, Jessica Sicking

Text: Carolin Blöink

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Interview: Sarah Dorkenwald

Text: Kathrin Leist

Revisiting the Past 4/6

Text: Franziska Porsch

Discourse

Text: Jesko Fezer

Archive

Text: Gabriele Oropallo

Material

Interview: Jessica Sicking

Media

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites, and apps

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Interview: Sarah Dorkenwald

Text: Kathrin Leist

Revisiting the Past 4/6

Text: Franziska Porsch

Discourse

Text: Jesko Fezer

Archive

Text: Gabriele Oropallo

Material

Interview: Jessica Sicking

Media

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites, and apps

Cluster

Text: Susanne Heinlein

Text: Carl Friedrich Then

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Research

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Fairs

Text: Stephan Ott

Agenda

Exhibitions, fairs, festivals, events, conferences, symposia, and competitions

Text: Kerstin Kraft

Interview: Susanne Heinlein, Jessica Sicking

Text: Carolin Blöink

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Interview: Sarah Dorkenwald

Text: Kathrin Leist

Revisiting the Past 4/6

Text: Franziska Porsch

Discourse

Text: Jesko Fezer

Archive

Text: Gabriele Oropallo

Material

Interview: Jessica Sicking

Media

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites, and apps