DMY / Berlin Design Week

April 8th, 2014

Berlin Design Week: Online-Registrierung ab jetzt möglich!

Auch in der zweiten Ausgabe der Berlin Design Week wird es vom 26. Mai bis 1. Juni 2014 wieder zu einem stadtweiten und vielfältigen Programm zum Thema Design kommen.

Um eine möglichst große Strahlkraft zu entwickeln, bündelt die Berlin Design Week einmal im Jahr die Aktivitäten der Berliner Designer und Designerinnen, der Institutionen und Galerien, der Distributoren und Multiplikatoren. Ein weit gefächertes Programm läßt die Besucher die Berliner Designwelt wie durch ein Brennglas wahrnehmen, die Teilnahme verspricht den Akteuren Öffentlichkeit und Medienwirksamkeit. Schließlich positioniert die Berlin Design Week die Stadt national und international als kreativer Hub, verleiht der „City of Design“ eine konkrete Wahrnehmung und fördert damit nachhaltig die hiesige Kreativwirtschaft.

Die Berlin Design Week ist die Kommunikationsplattform aller zum Thema Design in dieser Woche stattfindenden Veranstaltungen. Sie wird gestützt durch die alljährlich stattfindenden Lead-Veranstaltungen „DMY International Design Festival“ und „Nachtschicht – Die Berlin Design Night“. Diese Plattform ermöglicht nun auch kleineren Akteuren die Teilnahme im Format „Showcase“.

Die Berlin Design Week Showcases sollen die Vielfalt der Berliner Designlandschaft demonstrieren, neugierig machen und das Publikum dazu motivieren, diese Woche zu nutzen, um sich ein Bild von der kreativen Kraft Berlins zu machen.

Anderseits sollen sie auch die wirtschaftliche Potenz der Branche demonstrieren, Geschäftsbeziehungen anbahnen und ausbauen und den Teilnehmern die Möglichkeit der Selbstdarstellung geben.

So verschafft die Berlin Design Week der Kreativszene Berlins eine breite Öffentlichkeit und dementsprechende Medienwirksamkeit.

Teilnahmebedingungen

Die Teilnahme steht jedem offen. Angesprochen werden alle Akteure der Berliner Kreativwirtschaft – darunter selbstständige Designer, Designstudios, Galerien, Museen, Designshops, einschlägige Fakultäten und Fachbereiche von Hochschulen oder Akademien, Agenturen, uvm. Ebenfalls freuen wir uns über nationale und internationale Akteure.

Die Teilnahmegebühr beläuft sich auf von 249,-€ netto.

Die Leistungen

Die Berlin Design Week ist das kommunikative Dachformat einer Vielzahl designrelevanter Projekte und Veranstaltungen, die gebündelt vom 26. Mai bis 1. Juni 2014 im gesamten Stadtgebiet Berlins stattfinden.

Die Teilnahmegebühr wird erhoben, um die einzelnen Events in einer einheitlichen und gesammelten Form zu bewerben und zielgerecht kommunizieren zu können. Die Teilnehmer der Berlin Design Week profitieren von einem weit gefächerten Media/Marketing-Paket.

Sie werden hier kommuniziert:
-Ein Eintrag samt Text, Link und Bild auf der Website „www.berlin-design-week.com
-Ein Eintrag auf der Berlin Design Week Facebook Seite
-Kurzeintrag im achtseitigen Programm mit einer Reichweite von 60.000 Exemplaren, in Teilauflage als Beileger im Zitty Magazin, in Teilauflage verteilt an strategischen Orten in der Stadt sowie bei den Teilnehmern der „Showcases“
-Ein Eintrag mit Text und Bild in der Zeitschrift mit einer Auflage von 30.000 Exemplaren.

Die Zeitschrift wird ebenfalls an alle „Showcases“ verteilt, sowie an die Besucher des DMY International Design Festivals und der Nachtschicht

Die allgemeine Bewerbung der Berlin Design Week erfolgt über Anzeigenschaltung und klassische Pressearbeit. Hierzu bestehen u.a. Kooperationen mit lokalen und nationalen Medienpartnern. Die Kommunikation wird zusätzlich durch das umfassende Netzwerk der Design Week Content Partner DMY Berlin und Create Berlin unterstützt.

Machen Sie mit!

Sie können Ihre Teilnahme über die Website www.berlin-design-week.com ab jetzt registrieren.

Die Registrierung in 5 Schritten
• Registrieren Sie sich auf www.berlin-design-week.com
• Nach Erhalt der Bestätigungsmail können Sie sich auf www.berlin-design-week.com/login einloggen.
• Registrieren Sie Ihr Projekt/Ihre Veranstaltung als „Showcase“
• Anschließend erhalten Sie eine Bestätigungsmail samt Ihrer Rechnung für Ihre Teilnahmean der Berlin Design Week.
• Sobald die Rechnung bezahlt ist, wird Ihr „Showcase“ veröffentlicht

Die Termine und Fristen in der Übersicht

- bis 25. April – Registrierung

Erste Programmpunkte:
- 28. Mai bis 1. Juni – DMY International Design Festival Berlin
- 28. Mai bis 1. Juni – Ausstellung Designpreis der Bundesrepublik 2014 im Rahmen des DMY Festivals
- 29. Mai, 10-14 Uhr – UCCN Subnetwork Design Workshop
- 30. Mai, 10-17 Uhr – Design Conference (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin)
- 30. Mai, 18-21 Uhr – Nachtschicht – Lange Nacht der Designstudios
KONTAKT

DMY Berlin GmbH & Co. KG
„Berlin Design Week“
Blücherstrasse 23
D-10961 Berlin

application@berlin-design-week.com

fon: +49 30.9145 7643
fax: +49 30.9153 6624

www.berlin-design-week.com
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IMM Cologne 2014: System 180

February 3rd, 2014

Berlin manufacturer System 180 made their Cologne furniture fair début at IMM Cologne 2014, and the moment of the occasion brought a blush of colour to the company’s cheeks.

Or better put, a blush of seven new colours: ruby red, night red, light yellow, chartreuse, middle blue, night blue and a magnificently subtle light grey which from afar looks deceptively white is however less reflective and so perfect for those office locations with especially bright lights or where a background light radiation isn’t desirable.

In addition to the new colours System 180 also presented their modular shelving/storage system in two new depths and two breadths, meaning the accustomed flexibility of the system has now been expanded not just purely physically but also in more sensory terms. And of course in context of location. Freed from the colour limitations of yore System 180 is now a lot more accessible, for all for modern domestic situations.

In addition to the shelving system developments System 180 have also introduced a new table system: RackPod. Constructed from the familiar System 180 steel tubing combined with a new lightweight, yet durable, honeycomb board, Rackpod’s principle feature is its practical lightness. A lightness that is necessary to allow RackPod to fulfil its second function as a collapsible table that can be folded and stored when not needed.

As we’ve noted before and will never tire of repeating in our modern world with its lack of certainties a furniture system that can respond to the inevitable changes that will occur in your life and career is a just as important as a good accountant, therapist and bar-keeper.

With the new additions to the family, System 180 is more than ever in a position to offer that support.

A few impressions:

System 180 IMM Cologne 2014

System 180 at IMM Cologne 2014

System 180 IMM Cologne 2014

System 180 at IMM Cologne 2014

System 180 IMM Cologne 2014

System 180 at IMM Cologne 2014



minimumused sale. saturday february 1st. berlin-spandau

January 31st, 2014

Launched in October 2013 minimumused offers former display models, discontinued lines and other “nearly new” contemporary design objects at advantageous prices.

Principally an online platform, the first Saturday of every month sees the minimumused sale in the minimum warehouse on the banks of the Havel in Berlin-Spandau.

Which of course means the next minimumused sale is tomorrow, Saturday February 1st.

Offering a range of tables, chairs, sofas, lighting and other furniture/furnishing objects from manufacturers such as Thonet, Vitra, USM Haller, e15, Hay, Engelbrechts, Fritz Hansen, etc, etc, etc the minimumused sale operates on a “bought as seen” principle. And of course “first-come-first-served”

With winter having finally arrived a particular highlight amongst the current collection is the Thonet 333 sledge. We once had the privilege of experiencing the 333. We have never travelled so quickly, so smoothly or so satisfyingly. As in, never ever.

The minimumused sale runs at minimumused, Lagerhalle 4, Am Telegrafenweg 21, 13599 Berlin-Spandau on Saturday February 1st from 10 am until 4pm.

If you are planning driving there, please note owing to building works only the access via Telegrafenweg is open. Please plan your route accordingly.

And for all who can’t make it to Spandau on Saturday, minimumused is open 24 hours a day seven days a week at www.minimumused.com

A few impressions from the minimumused warehouse:



Spree meets Rhein: IMM Cologne and Passagen Cologne 2014

January 30th, 2014

For reasons far too technical to go into, we’re somewhat late with our IMM Cologne and Passagen Cologne coverage this year.

However, in the coming days we will bring you a few posts from the banks of the Rhein, but for now an overview of those Berlin based designers and manufacturers who could be found at the two events.

As ever the list is not, cannot be, fully inclusive, and apologies to all not mentioned. Nothing personal…..

Tweet Osko Deichmann Ligne RosetTweet by Osko+Deichmann for Lignet Roset

light drop e27 Alle Metalle all metalLight drop by e27 @ Alle Metalle/all metal

System 180 IMM CologneSystem 180 @IMM Cologne

AIT-ArchitekturSalon Köln BKULT Featuring Van Bo Le-Mentzel Konstruieren statt KonsumierenBKULT Featuring Van Bo Le-Mentzel @ AIT

Boffi Young Perspectives Stephanie JasnyStephanie Jasny @ Boffi Young Perspectives

Objects and the Factory Mark BraunMark Braun @ Objects and the Factory

linea1 IMM CologneLinea1 @ IMM Cologne

Still Life Stories Maria VolokhovaMaria Volokhova: Still Life Stories

Werner Aisslinger A&W Designer of the YearWerner Aissliner A&W Designer of the Year

Boffi Young Perspectives Mark BraunMark Braun @ Boffi Young Perspectives

Objects and the Factory Elisa StrozykElisa Strozyk @ Objects and the Factory

pulpo e27e27 for Pulpo



Gehry Partners to build new tower block on Berln Alexanderplatz

January 29th, 2014

Los Angeles based Gehry Partners have won the competition for a new skyscraper on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. Second place was awarded to the entry from Berlin based Kleihues + Kleihues, third place to Barkow Leibinger, Berlin.

Resembling an extended version of the Gehry Tower in Hamburg, or perhaps more accurately a more reserved version of the practice’s New York by Gehry skyscraper in Manhattan, the new Gehry tower will rise some 150 meters from the north-east corner of Alexanderplatz and in addition to flats will also house a hotel. Construction is due to begin in 2015.

Architecturally the most important buildings on Alexanderplatz are without question Peter Behrens’ Alexanderhaus and Berolinahaus, and all new buildings on Alexanderplatz must take them into account.

The fact that none of the new constructions since unification have done such is of course one of the principle reasons Alexanderplatz lacks the self-assured allure of a composed, smart inner city location and instead presents itself like some confused adolescent, moping about in a maelstrom of mood swings and anxieties.

With the decision for a sandstone façade Gehry Partners have made a welcome attempt to visually match the new tower block to the limestone of the Behrens’ constructions – it of course remains to be seen just what material is finally selected, in their competition entry Gehry Partners only make a suggestion – and also in the organisation of the windows one can see a reference to both the Alexanderhaus and the Berolinahaus.

Its just a shame that Gehry Partners felt the need to”turn” their tower. We accept its probably something of an innate need amongst Gehry architects, if not a pre-set on all computers in their offices, but….

Resembling a stack of three individual towers, the architects have slightly turned each of the three to create a visual demarcation between the three elements of the stack: lower floors a hotel, middle floors one and two bedroom flats, top floors larger, and ultimately, penthouse flats. However, because the streamlining detail on the outer façade doesn’t run continuously but rather has been “offset” on account of the turning, it makes the construction look somewhat lazily designed. As if no-one invested the time and effort to make sure the three units were properly turned.

It looks random. And as such unattractive. Indeed we were greatly reminded of the quote in Hitchcock and Johnson’s “The International Style” about another three-tiered construction, William Lescaze and George Howe’s Philadelphia Saving Fund Society Building: “unsatisfactorily resolved”1

Then there is the question of what the building will bring to Alexanderplatz. Other than flats and a hotel. On current impressions the answer is, not much. Which is regrettable. And not something a city in Berlin’s position can really afford.

The new Gehry tower block is intended as the first of 8 million skyscrapers on Alexanderplatz that will ultimately form a Berlin skyline of global renown and make Berlin the envy of all other metropli and the most important and richest city in the universe.

Or something.

We’re not holding our breath, or better put don’t expect to live long enough to see a second skyscraper constructed on Alexanderplatz.

To be honest we don’t even understand the need.

As a “city centre” location surrounded by historic quarters and townhouses we simply don’t see the necessity to build skyscrapers on Alexanderplatz and would much rather see a development concept that better reflected the location’s position in the city plan and which attempted to merge with the surrounding districts rather than dominate them. A solution which transformed Alexanderplatz into somewhere you want to visit, hang-out, etc…..

And where a better solution for the trams can be found. And of course without the hideous squat “Saturn” building that the developers are still stubbornly refusing to remove. Even though it obviously should be. Indeed must.

But as ever, what do we know…..

The winning entry from Gehry Partners and the second and third placed designs by Kleihues + Kleihues and Barkow Leibinger can be viewed in a poster presentation in the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt, Köllnischen Park 3, 10179 Berlin until Wednesday February 12th 2014.

1. Henry Russell Hitchcock & Philip Johnson “The International Style”. Norton, New York, 1995

Gehry Partners to build new tower block on Berln Alexanderplatz

In the middle Gehry Partners winning entry for a new tower block on Berln Alexanderplatz. Left the second placed entry by Kleihues + Kleihues, right the third placed entry by Barkow Leibinger



Playing Society: Games as a method @ UdK Berlin Designtransfer

January 27th, 2014

Most of us are familiar with the concept of computer models, but board game models?

Analogue fetishness gone mad? Or a sensible approach to contemporary problem solving? Social interaction to solve social problems? As it were.

In the project “Games as a method” students from the Social and Business Communication Department of the UdK Berlin developed a series of board games that don’t so much reflect society as provide a basis for simplifying society and so allowing a way to predict possible futures and so develop solutions to avoid eventual pitfalls.

Divided into three categories – Playing with Tales, Playing with Viewpoints and Playing the Unknown – the games allow the players to experiment with social rules, innovation and political change and so create models to help with future decision making.

And while there are no guarantees that the board games provide a more accurate model than computers; the exploration is certainly more enjoyable.

Playing Society: Games as a method can be viewed at the UdK Berlin Designtransfer, Einsteinufer 43-53 10587 Berlin-Charlottenburg until Thursday February 13th 2014, and on the next three Thursdays games evenings with the students are planned in which one can not only learn more about the backgrounds to the respective games.

But also play them.

Full details can be found at /www.designtransfer.udk-berlin.de

Playing Society Games as a method UdK Berlin Designtransfer

Playing Society: Games as a method @ UdK Berlin Designtransfer

Playing Society Games as a method UdK Berlin Designtransfer

Playing Society: Games as a method @ UdK Berlin Designtransfer

Playing Society Games as a method UdK Berlin Designtransfer

Playing Society: Games as a method @ UdK Berlin Designtransfer



Werner Aisslinger A&W Designer of the Year 2014 Exhibition in stilwerk Berlin

January 23rd, 2014

Nothing against Werner Aisslinger exhibitions.
Indeed nothing against Werner Aisslinger.
Or exhibitions.

But sometimes it seems that all we do is visit Werner Aisslinger exhibitions.
Without a word of a lie we’ve seen the “Chair Farm” presentation more times in the past 12 months than we’ve seen our own mothers.

That said the latest Werner Aisslinger exhibition is a real delight.

And so it looks like our mothers will have to wait a little longer……

During the recent Cologne Design Week Werner Aisslinger was crowned A&W Designer of the Year 2014, an honour traditionally accompanied by an exhibition.

And following the exhibition’s residency in the Kölnischer Kunstverein it is now on show in stilwerk Berlin.

Or at least part of it is. The major part. For reasons of space the Cologne show has been abridged for Berlin

Divided into five sections each of which explores a different aspect of Werner Aisslinger’s canon the exhibition is not as in depth or as expressive as 2013’s Home of the Future Aisslinger solo exhibition held at the Haus am Waldsee, but that is what is good about it. What makes it entertaining. Makes it worth visiting.

It is nothing more than a brief snapshot of Werner Aisslinger’s oeuvre, an introduction to Werner Aisslinger’s design approach, presented in a brief, colourful, playful exhibition format.

Makes Werner Aisslinger’s philosophy and approach accessible, without risking sinking the visitor in a didactic see.

Which is exactly what one wants in an exhibition space such as that in the stilwerk Berlin foyer.

In addition to commercial objects such at the Level 34 office system for Vitra, ADD modular furniture for Flötotto or the Juli Chair for Cappellini, the project with which of course Werner Aisslinger’s long ascent began, the exhibition also presents more conceptual projects including the Kvadrat Porsche that graced the drive of the Haus am Waldsee. And of course the aforementioned chair farm.

Sadly Aisslinger’s Living Kitchen and Textiles Badbiotop concepts didn’t make the cut and aren’t on show in Berlin.

Despite that, all wanting to learn more about Werner Aisslinger and his work can, and should, view the Werner Aisslinger A&W Designer of the Year 2014 exhibition in stilwerk, Kantstraße 17, 10623 Berlin.

The exhibition runs until Saturday February 15th 2014 and can be viewed during stilwerk’s normal opening hours.



Korea Design Berlin @ Koreanisches Kulturzentrum Berlin

January 10th, 2014

Until February 6th the Koreanisches Kulturzentrum Berlin is hosting the exhibition Korea Design Berlin. Originally presented as part of 100% Design during London Design Festival 2013 the exhibition showcases the work of 15 contemporary Korean design studios and presents projects ranging from furniture and lighting over household goods and onto cutlery designed to enhance the sensory experience of dining.

Although unquestionably a world leader in terms of technology, Korean design has often lagged behind that of many other nations – all too often Korean companies seeming to seek growth through lower prices and higher sales rather than through a design led approach; Korean products as comfortable, unchallenging, generic impressions of a perceived public ideal rather than objects imbued with their own character.

Korea Design Berlin shows that needn’t be the case.

Projects such as the Kitchen Icicle by Quantumby Inc or the Petrous Zipper Chair by IN R&D Center showing how seductively simply innovation can be; the Peaked Hat Lighting Shade by YdesignY how playful innovation can be; the Original Green Cup by ecojun company how environmentally responsible.

A personal highlight for us was the the Life Story – Water Drop Shades by Ji Hyun Chung, a designer whose work we first saw as part of DMY Berlin 2009, whose development we’ve followed closely since and whose work always lightens our collective heart a little.

Given the relative confines of the Koreanisches Kulturzentrum the exhibition can’t be described as extensive, is however broad enough in scope and deep enough in information to be well worth a visit.

Korea Design Berlin runs at the Koreanisches Kulturzentrum, Leipziger Platz 3, 10117 Berlin until Thursday February 6th.
Full details, including opening times, can be found at www.kulturkorea.org/de/



Rethinking The Product – Design “Made in Italy” zu Gast in Berlin

December 12th, 2013

Until Friday December 13th the Berliner Freiheit is hosting the exhibition Rethinking The Product – Design “Made in Italy” zu Gast in Berlin.

Instigated in 2008 by the Chambers of Commerce from Terni, Prato, Pisa, Pistoia and Lucca with the aim of promoting the diverse creativity of their region(s), Rethinking The Product is an annual presentation of new design projects created by young designers in collaboration with small and medium sized manufacturing companies from the participating towns.

The exhibition in Berlin presents 30 new prototypes created by 10 young Italian designers in collaboration with 46 companies in an exhibition design conceived by Triad Berlin.

Because time is tight – its only on for 2 days! – we’ll simply say that on Friday December 13th at 5pm the ever amiable and eloquent Andreas Hopf from design studio Hopf,Nordin will present a keynote speech on “Renaissance 2.0 – the end of mass production”

Full details can be found at www.rethinkingtheproduct.com

Rethinking The Product – Design “Made in Italy” zu Gast in Berlin runs at Berliner Freiheit 2, Potsdamer Platz berlin until Friday December 13th.

Be quick!

A few impressions from the exhibition….



Designtage Brandenburg 2013: Designmarkt and Designmesse

November 22nd, 2013

On Friday evening the 2013 Designtage Brandenburg Designmarkt and Designmesse were formally opened in Potsdam’s Schiffbauergasse arena.

Until Sunday November 24th over 40 regional designers, companies and service providers are presenting, and natural selling, the results of their creativity; a selection of goods and services that ranges from ceramics and fashions over furniture and household accessories and onto staircases.

In addition, all nominations from the 2013 Designpreis Brandenburg competition are being presented in a special showcase exhibition.

An accompanying fringe programmes of workshops, talks and concerts providing the chance to either deepen your understanding, learn new skills or simply turn off and relax.

The Designtage Brandenburg Designmarkt and Designmesse can be found in the Waschhaus Arena and Schinkelhalle within the Schiffbauergasse complex, Berliner Strasse, Potsdam. Both are open on Saturday November 23rd from 11 am until 8pm and on Sunday November 24th from 11am until 7pm.

Entry is free and full details can be found at www.designtage-brandenburg.de

A few impressions.