All about numbers: 6 for 5 Wishbone Chairs

March 6th, 2015

The Wishbone Chair for Carl Hansen, also tagged Y Chair, is arguably Hans J. Wegner’s best known chair. The classic, designed in 1950, is light in appearance and very comfortable indeed, an ideal choice for the dining area. The characteristic Y-shape of its back makes it easily recognizable. Its plain look belies the fact that it takes about 100 single steps to manufacture it, among these the plaiting of the seat by hand from more than 120 meters of string. The Wishbone Chair is a prime example of discreet craftsmanship.

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And here’s minimum’s special Carl Hansen deal: Until March 31, it is one chair free for anyone who purchases five Wishbone Chairs. Customers have free choice from various colors and wood types. Pick six and pay only for the first five in decreasing order of price.



LC4 CP: Accomplishment in Elegance

March 5th, 2015

The LC4 CP is a homage to Charlotte Perriand’s black chaise longue LC4: Its cover of finest saddle leather, refined details and excellent workmanship contribute to a piece of enchanting and rare elegance. The LC4 CP, a classic’s legitimate heir, is available in a strictly limited number.

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To specialized and exclusive manufacturer Cassina, the memory of the French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand is dear enough to honour her 110th anniversary with a reincarnation of the masterpiece she once designed together with Le Corbusier and Pierre Richard. The LC4 CP carefully translates the original from the 20th century to a contemporary aesthetical language. The beauty can be admired and acquired at the minimum Store at stilwerk.



Cuddle UP, Junior!

March 4th, 2015

Pressed tight together and vacuum-packed, these vintage design pieces literally jump at you from their wrapping. And the innate mounting adventure of the UP-series, a Gaetano Pesce design dating back to 1969, commences. This so-called transformation furniture has recently been re-launched, also in a children edition, which is just as cosy and cheerful a lolling and rolling spot as an infant might desire.

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The UP Junior version is a perfect double of the original, merely smaller in size. The easy chair is cushy, flamboyant, and playful in equal measures. It provides an original upgrade of striking color design, not only for the nursery. UP Junior is a perfect choice for those of you who want to treat their small ones with something big in size, design and lounge value alike. The collection is available in plain red or in red with yellow stripes, the former with an element reminiscent of a tennis ball, the latter of a ball of wool. Test the UP Junior at the B&B Italia Brandstore on Torstraße…



betonWare

March 4th, 2015

betonWare is designer Alexis Oehler’s brand for furniture, accessories, interior design and other items made from concrete. In close cooperation with colleagues, artists and manufacturers he explores the possibilities of this basic construction material and presents new fascinating projects at a regular pace. Concrete, rough and common as it may be, reveals surprising and interesting aesthetical aspects through Alexis’ individual forms and modes of use.

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t_Licht, a product from the “Miniature Edifices for The Dining Table” edition, evokes associations with the architecture of a city district. It represents a square with urban canyons leading to it, softly illuminated by a tea candle in its centre.

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betonSchale is a series of sturdy yet elegant cast bowls in the form of concaved outer spherical segments. They seem to be the type of shapely but hard-to-break-bowls we have always wanted. Each specimen varies in size, thickness and, consequently, width of its rim. The inner part of each is also designed individually and comes in the colours “plain”, black, silver, gold and “mosaic”.

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Design from Berlin: A series presenting Berlin-based designers, their objects and projects. Keep looking out for each single designer and creation visible in the exhibition “Design aus Berlin” at stilwerk Berlin that was opened as part of the Designmeile.Berlin 2014. The show will go on…



Absolutely Your Thing!

January 25th, 2015

The Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge again invites everybody to become a Dingpfleger (thing-conservators) in 2015. The museum offers a special initiative to become the individual sponsor of your personally selected favorite “Ding” (thing) among all exhibited objects.

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Have a look at many adorable things and negotiate your sponsor contribution. The symbolical sponsorships regard objects of daily use and such as advertisement figurines, domestic appliances, chairs, vases, and even hairbrushes of celebrities. Each sponsorship and contribution is limited to one year. The sponsoring thing-conservators receive a “Dingpfleger-Pass” in return, which entitles them to free entry to the museum. You will find more info on the project here.



All about Numbers: 1953

January 25th, 2015

The legendary coat rack Hang it all was designed in 1953 by Charles Eames in an attempt to motivate children to actually hanging their clothes rather than distributing them all across the room, flat, house and neighbourhood. The rack’s colored wooden balls have reputedly met with considerable success, in both infants and, notably, adults. Consequently, the object today is also rampant in the realm of grown-ups. Admittedly, this was not originally intended, o, but…!



Selfmade City Berlin

December 18th, 2014

Berlin enjoys the reputation of a city of “space pioneers”, a vast area of individual appropriation. Corners and gaps in the cityscape are being occupied, forgotten places and protected edifices brought to new purpose. The self-determined spatial design of construction initiatives, co-ops, co-working spaces and so forth has created an architectural variety and quality unmatched by most other European cities.

“Selfmade City Berlin” documents this recent development by means of a survey of more than 120 projects, a qualitative summary, and a presentation of 50 best-practice examples. How much are private initiatives already contributing to the city’s development, which are their future potentials? How do independent projects generate added value for Berlin? And to which extent? What is their impact on urban life quality in Berlin? Voila, our first reading recommendation for these dark months…

Selfmade City Berlin: Stadtgestaltung und Wohnprojekte in Eigeninitiative

by Kristien Ring, AA PROJECTS und Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Berlin (Editor)

Measurements: 21 x 27 cm, 224 pages, German/English

ISBN-10: 3868591672   ISBN-13: 978-3868591675



All about Numbers: 9

December 16th, 2014

From heart to egg: The much sought-after “KPM for minimum”-vases come in nine different forms. The collection reflects the 250 years old tradition of the Koenigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin. The vases are of contained design, a single either vertical or horizontal line accentuating the otherwise plain and smooth surface of each vase. At a closer look, you will discover the subtle variations of colour intensity in these hand-painted black lines. Each of the nine different vase types creates a calm atmosphere, while a combination of several ones widens the proportional spectrum without disturbing this basic mood.

On September 19, 1763 art-loving Prussian king Frederic II bought the factory and determined its name and emblem, the china blue sceptre, which has remained the quality seal of every masterpiece of Berlin porcelain culture. Almost uninterrupted since 1867, KPM keeps up the traditions of the craft on its historical site in Berlin’s Tiergarten district. The “KPM for minimum”-vases, a result of minimum einrichten GmbH’s cooperation with KPM, are available in the minimum store at stilwerk on Kantstrasse.



Latte & Cover Boy

December 14th, 2014

Alex Valder is a designer of furniture, home accessories, crockery and other objects which are often marketed in limited units or even as unique copies. Many of his products have a plain and slightly headstrong character and do not target the mass market. Maybe that is just why they have found a significant circle of friends. Each of Alex’ objects tells a little story and had developed its individual form from a practical purpose. Here are two of his highlights:

Cover Boy: Here is an unobtrusive shelf that lends itself to individual arrangements–a light wire construction to support your own splendid collages. Cover Boy restages your favourite books, plates, vinyl covers (sic), pictures and other treasures that do not deserve to be crammed in drawers and behind cabinet doors.

Latte: Germans are the champions of hard ware stores. An irrepressible and vibrant DIY culture has evolved, the fruits of which remain largely invisible in public. The DIY store bookshelf Latte caters to the obsessions of the cult’s followers. It is extensible in all dimensions, and in such more a design principle than a mere shelf. Courtesy of Alex Valder, you find the manual for this special piece of DIY furniture right here. Let’s get busy, handymen!

More about Alex Valder: www.alexvalder.de

Design from Berlin: A series presenting Berlin-based designers, their objects and projects. Keep looking out for each single designer and creation visible in the exhibition “Design aus Berlin” at stilwerk Berlin that was opened as part of the Designmeile.Berlin 2014. The show will go on…



Grand Prix™: Tribute to An Award-winning Chair

December 6th, 2014

In November, the long-expected exhibition illustrating the exclusive cooperation between Danish fashion brand Han Kjøbenhavn and Republic of Fritz Hansen opened to the public at Fritz Hansen Brandstore on Torstraße. Arne Jacobsen’s chair Grand Prix, a timeless and beautiful classic, featured as the centrepiece. It was designed in 1957, originally under the name Model 3130. When it was awarded the Grand Prix of the Triennial in Milan the same year, however, it was promptly relabelled.

In the context of Han Kjøbenhavn’s and Republic of Fritz Hansen’s cooperation, Han Kjøbenhavn have created a modern interpretation of the Grand Prix, with the chair’s back made from bent steel tube, and its legs from black bated oak wood. Oiled oak or, alternatively, walnut are available as seat materials.

“Danish design has always been a source of inspiration for our work. The possibility to cooperate with Fritz Hansen and to re-interpret one of Arne Jacobsen’s award-winning designs was a fascinating challenge we enjoyed a lot. Jacobsen, of course, was a classic master of his craft. So, naturally, we approached the task with great respect. It was of similar importance for us to show our own phrasing and breathe new life into the chair as well as to preserve the timeless expression of the design–a tightrope experience that was not easy at all times.” explained Jannik Wikkelsø Davidsen and Tim Faith Hancock, founders and owners of Han Kjøbenhavn.

To top if off, the labels iGNANT, This is Jane Wayne and Stil in Berlin had also been asked for new interpretations of the Grand Prix, and came up with charming little feats: iGNANT produced a video which wonderfully depicts the chair’s pliability. Stil in Berlin equipped the Grand Prix a cuddly white woollen dress in view of impending Berlin winter.

While This is Jane Wayne initiated a lively happening: Visitors scratched their names into a Grand Prix`s wooden parts and their polaroid portraits were posted on a Grand Prix-pin board. The installations are currently on show at Fritz Hansen Brandstore by minimum. Drop by! It is worth the while.

Fritz Hansen Brandstore

Torstraße 140 in 10119 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 240 477 370

fritzhansen@minimum.de

Twitter: #danishdynamite

All photographs: © Nils Krüger 2014