form Nº 272. Pattern
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. Patterns can serve as a template and source of inspiration or stand as Joe Bloggs for the anonymous and average. In form 272 we explore the subject of patterns in all aspects of life.
The fashion and textile scholar Kerstin Kraft extends the arc in her article “Die Strukturation der Welt – People Need Patterns”, well beyond the nature of textiles and points out that “[for humankind] pattern recognition and pattern production serve as a means of structuring and appropriating the world”. Franziska Müller-Reissmann looks at the different meanings of patterns in “Muster als Model – Samples and Patterns”, based on the sample collection at the Zurich University of the Arts, and explains that patterns can be both “spatial” and “reproductive” – a repeated decoration in a physical location, or a part of a larger whole that they exemplify. Furthermore, the managing director of Ein Steinhaus, Karl Dresen, and Lisa Beyer and Antonia Roth from Beyer Roth Weis reveal all about the importance of show homes and their interior designs. Various examples also illustrate the diverse functions of patterns.
In addition to exploring patterns in all their facets, we dedicate the issue, among other things, to the psychology and design of luxury; in the Discourse section, we look into partisan design, and we asked Julia Lohmann about the opportunities of creative materials research.
For the fourth part of our anniversary series “Revisiting the Past”, we asked designers, exhibition organisers, and entrepreneurs for their opinions on the meaning of design in Europe. Their statements make it clear that design not only profits from Europe, but can also play a crucial role in the continuing identity formation of this continent. This, in stark contrast to Frank Sander’s article in form 131 from the 1990s, where he disputes that designers have any such potential in view of the Maastricht Treaty.
From this issue, you can read online the article about the graphic design of the Documenta 14, the already above-mentioned article “Muster als Modell – Samples and Patterns” from the Focus section, and a review on the new edition of the magazine Die Dame.
In form Dossiers, we extend the contribution on “Ethical Fashion”, and present another fashion label that is committed to sustainable and ethical production.