25th anniversary Vitra Design Museum
Weil am Rhein
11 May 2014, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
A quarter of a century ago, the entrepreneur Rolf Fehlenbaum and Alexander von Vegesack laid the cornerstone for probably one of the world’s most important design museums which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Simon Mager. Form follows Sound
Are there any parallels between music and graphic design? Can sound be a source of inspiration for designers? How do musical techniques and structures transfer onto a visual plane? Simon Mager tackles these questions in his bachelor’s thesis “Form follows Sound” which he wrote on his Visual Communication course at the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences. We spoke to him about his research and his finished book.
Bike. Design. City29.01.2017 – 30.07.2017
What Design Can Do. Ticket raffle
8 – 9 May 2014
When experienced designers in various disciplines meet in the centre of Amsterdam to discuss the influence and effects of design, it must surely be the two-day international festival taking place with its conference, workshops and film screenings. We are raffling a ticket for What Design Can Do.
Joseph Binder Award
Submission deadline: 31 May 2014
Designers, illustrators and students in relevant subject areas are invited to submit their projects for the 12th design competition which was founded in 1996 and named after the Austrian graphic designer Joseph Binder (1898–1972).
8 May – 28 June 2014
Kemistry Gallery, London
David Pearson is one of Britain’s most distinguished graphic designers. He is best known for his work with the London publisher, Penguin Books. From 8 May, Kemistry Gallery will be presenting an exhibition of a large collection of his extraordinary book cover designs.
Architecture on Display
Berlinische Galerie und Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
8 – 9 May 2014
The onward march forward of digitalisation in design processes is obliging museum directors and curators of architectural museums to confront the issue of devising new strategies for collecting and documenting historical documents. Representatives from museums, archives and research institutes are meeting in Berlin to examine in greater detail the repercussions of “the contemporary practice of collecting and exhibiting” within the field of architecture.
Three questions to: Studio Langesommer
Christine Lange and Patrick Marc Sommer have a joint studio in Berlin. They earn their daily bread doing typography and graphic design. To do this, they are constantly on the lookout for “intelligent design solutions from the initial concept to the finished product”. They specialise in editorial design (brochures, catalogues, magazines, corporate communication) and corporate design (logos, scripts, colours, imagery and implementation) and represent the principle of an “optimal readability”. Their most recent project for the Jüdisches [Jewish] Museum Berlin demonstrates their enthusiasm for communication and design. Having been invited by the Museum and other agencies to participate in the exhibition tender, which they subsequently won, the pair undertook the creative development of the key visuals for the special exhibition Die Erschaffung der Welt [The Creation of the World] which is presenting a collection of Hebrew documents until 3 August. We asked Lange and Sommer to give a short interview about their current project.
ThingsCon. The Future of Hardware
2 – 3 May 2014
If you have ever been interested in what the future holds for hardware, you should not miss this conference in Berlin. Over two days, entrepreneurs, designers, software developers and innovators will explore the Internet of Things, its associated compatible devices and wearables, 3-D printing and new types of production techniques.
April – July 2014
Stefan Sagmeister, Vier5, Haw-lin, Eike König and Urs Lehni are just a few of the names that have been involved in the international lecture series and workshops held over several days. Since it was founded by students in 2007 as a counterbalance for a graphic design professor, Projektil has become known far beyond the city of Weimar.
Three questions to: the editorial team of Luks Magazin
The first edition of Luks Magazin was published in 2012 as an initiative by students of the Design Department at The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences - HAW Hamburg. Its aim is to serve as a portfolio of the course as HAW Hamburg is the only university in Germany to offer an independent course of studies (at bachelors and masters level) in illustration.
The magazine was well received by the jury of the Karl.-H. Ditze prize with its theme of Unglaublich Laut [unbeliveably loud] and won an award. The second edition, Wolpertinger, issued in July 2013 also received positive feedback. This year is Luks’ third outing. To mark the occasion, we spoke to its editors.
ADC Young Masters Seminar. Kommunikation im Raum
simple GmbH, Cologne
22 - 23 May 2014
The ADC Young Masters Seminars are aimed at trained designers who wish to deepen their knowledge in a special area. In May, selected experts will share their experiences with the participants on the topic of spatial communication.
Kings & Pawns.Board Games from India to Spain
- 21 June 2014
Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar
If you only think of chess and backgammon in parks and grizzled men in flannel shirts, then you have missed something. The Kings & Pawns exhibition in the Museum of Islamic Art has been taking a closer look at the history of these board games and shows that they have their roots in the Muslim world.
beyond tellerrand.An event about web design, development and more
19 – 21 May 2014
Beyond tellerrand is moving on. In line with this maxim the international design conference, beyond tellerrand, will be looking at web design and current digital trends. From 19 to 21 May 2014, international guest speakers from the pixel design sector including Jon Burgerman and Bastian Allgeier, and renowned designers Jessica Hische and Erik Spiekermann will give lectures in Dusseldorf. In addition, workshops with topics such as Beyond Responsive and Finest HTML5 Canvas and WebGL will take place.
More information is available here.
Aufbruch. Umbruch. Stilbruch? Design objects typical of the ‘50s and ‘60s
– 3 August 2014
Museum August Kestner, Hannover
Design in the post-war years was characterised by terms such as “a good shape” and “radical design”. The exhibition held at the Museum August Kestner Hannover under the title of “Aufbruch. Umbruch. Stilbruch?” will be looking at the break-up, upheaval and break with style that took place in the ‘50s and ‘60s. In over 100 exhibits and groups of objects constants and breaks from conventional design will be compared with one another.
Origin Passion and Beliefs
Fiera di Vicenza
8 – 11 May 2014
An efficient network of manufacturers and dealers is crucial for young designers as this often determines success or failure. A new trade fair in Vincenza is bringing aspiring creatives and local industry together for the first time.
Ola Kolehmainen.Geometric Light
Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
5 April – 17 May 2014
The Finnish artist Ola Kolehmainen ascribes his creative output entirely to architecture. He photographs rooms, facades, shadows and incidence of light and composes graphic, intensely coloured works from these. His first solo exhibition is now taking place in the Haus am Waldsee in his adopted home town of Berlin.
Made by ...Exhibition on training in textile design
2 – 31 May 2014
We encounter textiles everywhere: as clothing, of course, but also as components of furniture, in architecture or technology. It is easy to forget that there is a highly developed and lucrative science behind it all nowadays. At the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - this discipline has been taught for over a century and is now showcasing it in an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Luzern.
Salomé Bäumlin. The carpet as a bridge between art and design
For some months now, Salomé Bäumlin has been able to call herself a Master of Arts of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Her final project tackled the traditional production of carpets looking at cultural sustainability in design. The carpet collection which has evolved from close co-operation with craftswomen in Morocco, will be on display in the Kunsthalle Luzern from 1 May, and some items will be on sale. In view of the theme of “Woven Textiles” in form N° 253, we asked Ms Bäumlin a few questions.
Madrid, Madrid, Madrid.On the challenges and opportunities for Madrid as a design location
Universität der Künste, Berlin
14 May 2014
On 23 March 2014, news channels reported on the mighty end of the “March for dignity” that had taken place the previous evening in Spain’s capital city.
“Bread, work and accommodation for everyone” was the most prominent message on the Spanish demonstrators’ banners. The fact that it was predominantly young people who took to the streets was not surprising – youth unemployment is very high. Since 2011, the economic crisis has dominated matters in the Eurozone’s fourth largest economy. The emigration rate is increasing. Trained designers, architects and many others in the creative sphere are naturally also affected by the crisis.
Josef Albers.Black and White
Waddington Custot Galleries, London
6 May – 4 June 2014
The painter Josef Albers experimented with the effect of colours, shapes, lines and surfaces on one another as well as with the subjectivity of optical perception. From 6 May, in conjunction with the Josef-und-Anni-Albers-Stiftung, Waddington Custot Galleries is presenting the “Josef Albers in Black and White” exhibition. This will be the first exhibition to be held in the United Kingdom that exclusively explores the importance of black and white in the work of Josef Albers.
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
– 18 May 2014
Coco Chanel is one the most important icons in the fashion world who has made a striking and long-lasting impression. Her designs have become classics and her style still continues to influence designers throughout the world. Until the middle of May, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is taking a closer look at the Chanel phenomenon in a wide-ranging exhibition.
Stefan Muntwyler. Researching colours - ultramarine and the earth colours of Otranto
– 22 June 2014
In search of lost colours. Ever since the painter Stefan Muntwyler encountered a colourful gorge in Otranto, southern Italy, while on his way to Greece he has returned over and over again. He researches colours that only occur in nature and cannot be industrially produced. His aim is to show off the purity of the colours to their best advantage. Working with other authors, he has written “Farbpigmente Farbstoffe Farbgeschichten”, a compendium detailing over 300 different colours and base materials.
Confession of Design. Austrian Showcase in Milan
Rotonda della Besana, Milan
Until 13 April 2014
If you are in Milan at the moment, you must not miss this exhibition: running until 13 April, the latest design trends in Austria in product design can be seen in the Rotonda della Besana, a former 18th century church (next to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile). Above all, it is known for its past exhibitions featuring Fabio Novembre (2008), Anish Kapoor (2011) and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel (2013).
form N° 253.Land of Design – Switzerland
What is going on next door? What roles do product design, graphics and typography play? Land of Design – Switzerland is the main topic of discussion in our new issue.
Obituary John Heskett (1937 - 2014)
by Bernhard E. Bürdek
John Heskett studied economics in London where his interest in industrial design began to develop. He is regarded as one of the co-founders of design history in the UK, a field which has a high reputation in that country. Heskett taught at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University), in Sheffield and at Ravensbourne College in Bromley, Kent.
MAD Surprise. Young Belgian Design Award
Closing date: 15 April 2014
On over 4000 square metres, MAD Brussels gives the city’s young creatives space to display their work. As part of the MAD Surprize competition, the team is calling for interior designers, graphic designers and furniture designers who have a close connection with Belgium to take part.
Following “Barents Lessons” (see form N° 245) the Laboratoire Bâle (a satellite studio at the Institute of Architecture and the City at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) is now releasing a second publication about teaching and research in architecture. The area the investigation this time was no less interesting than the Barents Sea but nevertheless was one a little closer to home. The students from the Laboratoire Bâle travelled around Switzerland.
Report: Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland
Am 27. Februar fand an der Hochschule der Künste Bern ein Symposium statt, das zum Ziel hatte, Diskussionen über theoretische und methodische Annährungen für historische Recherche im Schweizer Grafikdesign zu fördern. Wir haben die Veranstaltung besucht und berichten nun, wie der Stand der Schweizer Designforschung in ihrem Rahmen erkundet wurde.
On 27 February a symposium took place at the Bern University of the Arts whose aim was to promote discussions about the theoretical and methodical approaches in historical research within Swiss graphic design. We had the pleasure of attending this event and we are now reporting on the state of Swiss design research in this context.
Daniella Adair. Laura Straßer. Shirin Sabahi.
10 April – 25 May 2014
Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
In these three solo exhibitions, which will take place between 10 April 2014 and 25 May 2014 at the Akademie Solitude, the artists Danielle Adair, Shirin Sabahi and Laura Straßer concentrate largely on the topic of travel.
neue baukunst!modern architecture in images and books
Bauhaus Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
– 10 June 2014
He is considered to be one of the most important writers on contemporary architecture: Walter Müller-Wulckow, art collector, historian and publicist. In the 1920s, he reached the masses with his four “Blue Books” on New Architecture. The Bauhaus Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin is now dedicating an exhibition to these works.
Ponte City.Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse
Le Bal, Paris
– 20 April 2014
Ponte City – Tower of extremes. During apartheid in South Africa, the highest accommodation complex in Johannesburg was a symbol of the progress, prosperity and power of the white population. Then it became the epitome of brutal criminality and municipal decline. The yearnings and the weaknesses of South African society have not been documented in such detail on any other structure.
Wegner. Just one good chair
Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen
3 March – 2 November 2014
“I’d say he’s the most important Danish designer ever,” says Christian Holmsted Olesen, curator of the exhibition “Wegner. Just one good chair” at the Designmuseum Danmark – and he is not alone in his opinion. On the occasion of the centenary of Hans J. Wegner‘s birth, the museum is staging a retrospective of the designer’s life and work.
Le Mur. Matali Crasset
Maison de l’architecture de Basse-Normandie, Caen
19 March - 30 May 2014
Throughout the year, every month the “Maison de l’architecture” in Caen has invited a designer, an architect, a landscape architect and an artist to be involved with “the Wall” art project.
Trix and Robert Haussmann.Win tickets
Fri Art Gallery, Fribourg (CH)
26 April – 15 June 2014
Robert and Trix Haussmann founded their “general design institution” for town planning, interior design and industrial design in 1967 based on their common interests in architecture and design. It laid a cornerstone for their furniture which is now well-known and furniture produced by the Swiss company Röthlisberger including the Manhattan stacked chest of drawers and the jeu des panneaux shelf in the “furniture as architectural quotations” collection.
Three questions forMichael Volkmer, See-Camp
12 April 2014
The successful (and much appreciated by us) See-Conference will not be taking place this year. But it is not all bad news. The reasons for this decision and the role that Wiesbaden mains water and cycling will be playing are clarified in a chat with Michael Volkmer, the initiator of the former and new platform.
London Festival of Architecture
1 – 30 June 2014
The theme “Capital” has been chosen to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA). From 1 - 30 June 2014, London will be a platform for experimentation, reflection, learning and practice - all in the context of contemporary architecture.