New Presiding Committee.
The Founder’s Meeting of the German Design Council has elected a new Presiding Committee during its annual meeting in Stuttgart. Prof. Dr. h.c. Peter Pfeiffer was confirmed as President for one more term. In the constituting meeting, Dr. Michael Peters (Managing Director Peters’ Projects GmbH) was confirmed as Vice President; Robert Klanten (Managing Director and Creative Director Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH & Co. KG) once again takes over the position of Treasurer. The following new members were elected to the Presiding Committee: Roland Heiler (Managing Director Porsche Design GmbH), Dr. Annemarie Jäggi (Director Bauhaus-Archiv e.V. Museum für Gestaltung), Prof. Mike Richter (co-founder iconmobile group, Professor Hochschule Darmstadt), Caroline Seifert (Senior Vice President and Director Product Design Deutsche Telekom AG), and Prof. Dr. h.c. Gorden Wagener (Director Design at Daimler AG). In addition, the below members were confirmed for another term: Leo Lübke (Managing Partner Lübke GmbH & Co. KG and COR Sitzmöbel Helmut Lübke GmbH & Co. KG.), Philipp Mainzer (Managing Partner and Creative Director e15 Design und Distributions GmbH), Nils Holger Moormann (Managing Director Nils Holger Moormann GmbH) and Prof. Dr. h.c. Erik Spiekermann (Managing Director Edenspiekermann AG). More at German Design Council.
Design Plus powered by Light+Building. Call for submissions.
The competition Design Plus is organized by Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with the German Design Council and is a cross-industry trademark for innovative design. In 2014, all exhibitors of the trade fair Light+Building are once more invited to participate in the competition. The design competition is a quality seal for sustainable products that combine innovative design with energy-efficient technology. In addition, students and young graduates of creative study courses can participate with new concepts and solutions. Registration deadline is 3 January 2014. Further information and registration at Design Plus.
German Design Award. Save the date.
The presentation of the German Design Award 2014 takes place on 7 February 2014 at 2 p.m. in Frankfurt within the framework of the international Ambiente trade fair. The accompanying exhibition of all winners in the product design category, the finalists of the Newcomer Award, and in the category Personality is on show during the entire trade fair (7-11 February 2014) at the Portalhaus, Level 0. The award-winning projects from the category communication design will be shown at the Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt. More information at German Design Award.
Dieselmedaille 2013. Honoring.
The honoring of this year’s winners of the Dieselmedaille award took place on 29 November 2013. Important personalities, companies and institutions were honored in the four categories “Most successful innovation achievement”, “Most sustainable innovation achievement”, “Best media communication” and “Best innovation promotion”. The winner in the category “Most sustainable innovation achievement” is Dr. Jörg Mittelsten Scheid, honorary chairman of Vorwerk & Co. KG’s advisory council. Andrej Kupetz, General Manager of the German Design Council, gave the laudatory speech. More information at Dieselmedaille 2013.
imm cologne. Trend Avenue and Interior Innovation Award.
During the imm cologne trade fair in January 2014, the German Design Council presents the Trend Avenue in hall 4.2. The special area is divided into two sections: in one, the trends from bathroom, floors/walls and lighting will be presented, and in the other the winning works of the Interior Innovation Award 2014 will be shown. The special exhibition D3 Contest 2014 is shown at the Pure Village. Further information at Trend Avenue and Interior Innovation Award.
Karl Dittert. 1915-2013.
The industrial designer Karl Dittert died on 30 October 2013. Dittert was one of the founding members of the Verband Deutscher Industriedesigner (VDID) and was the founding dean of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd. His work as a designer had an important influence on the German industrial design in the second half of the 20th century. Read an obituary at form.
Designforschungstag 2014. Save the date.
The Designforschungstag – Design Research Day 2014 takes place on 20 March 2014 at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce under the motto “Disruption”. The event is dedicated to the questions: Can we deliberately create a groundbreaking innovation? What kinds of factors would such a process require? And how can design research contribute to this? The German Design Council is the sponsor of the Designforschungstag 2014; Lutz Dietzold, Managing Director of the German Design Council, is the host and one of the speakers at the event. More information and program at Designforschungstag 2014.
Industrial design in Hesse. Brochure.
The Hessian ministry of economics has published the brochure Industriedesign: Innovationsinstrument für den Mittelstand in cooperation with the Verband Deutscher Industriedesigner (VDID). Interviews give an insight of the successful cooperation between designers, engineers and companies; the publication also offers diversified advice about the use of design as an economic factor and presents the cultural and creative scene in the state of Hesse. The brochure can be ordered free of charge or downloaded as a PDF file at Kulturwirtschaft Hessen.
Burkhardt Leitner. Anniversary publication.
Burkhart Leitner, the longstanding member of the Foundation and Presiding Committee of the German Design Council, celebrated his 70th birthday, 50 years of freelance work and 20 years of Burkhardt Leitner constructive in 2013. avedition took the occasion to publish the title burkhardt leitner systemdesigner edited by Ulrich Fleischmann. More information at avedition.
German Federal Ecodesign Award. Exhibition.
The touring exhibition of the winners of the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2013 is on show at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg from 30 November 2013 until 26 January 2014. The award is organized annually by the Federal Ministry of the Environment and the Federal Environmental Agency in cooperation with Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin e.V. Further information at MKG Hamburg.
James Dyson Award 2013. The winners.
The James Dyson Award 2013 endowed with US $45,000 goes to four mechanical engineering students of the University of Pennsylvania for their robotic arm “Titan Arm”. The arm is individually adjusted to specific users with cutting-edge 3D printing technology. The national winners of the James Dyson Award, which the German Design Council supports as a partner, were announced in September. In Germany, Cornelius Comanns, industrial design graduate from Munich, won with the energy-saving LED light bulb “Federball”. Further details at James Dyson Award.
Material formt Produkt II. Closing event.
On 5 December 2013, the Aktionslinie Hessen-Nanotech organizes the closing forum entitled Materials for the resource-efficient additive production at Euromold in Frankfurt within the framework of the event series Material formt Produkt II with subjects including 3D printing and generative production. Developers, engineers and designers have been invited. The Aktionslinie Hessen-Nanotech is an initiative of the Hessian Ministry of Economics. All information and registration at Hessen-Nanotech.
Quittenbaum. Podium talk and auction.
At the occasion of Henry van der Velde’s 150th birthday, the year 2013 was under the sign of the “all-round artist”. The auction house Quittenbaum in Munich invites you to a podium talk on 6 December 2013 with the Henry van de Velde experts Antje Neumann (Klassik Stiftung Weimar) and Hans-Dieter Rieder (collector), who will speak about their personal passion for Henry van de Velde and his work.
The Quittenbaum auction Henry van de Velde – Precursors, Contemporaries and Successors takes place on 10 December 2013; viewing of the objects is possible from 5-9 December 2013. All information at Quittenbaum Podiumsgespräch and Auction.
Skin. Two exhbitions.
With the exhibition entitled Skin to Skin. Über Haut und Häute the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur presents the qualities of skin and skins in art, design and science until 27 April 2014. The skin as a communication medium is currently considered a phenomenon in cultural studies. The Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna also deals with skin in its exhibition Scientific Skin and presents forward-looking design developments that expand cognitive properties of the human skin and textiles. On show until 12 January 2014. More information at Gewerbemuseum and MAK.
DASA. Scenography Colloquium 2014.
How can abstract contexts from culture, science and society be turned into an experience in exhibitions? From 22-24 January 2014 this question is dealt with under the motto “Topology of the Immaterial” in Dortmund at the Szenografie Kolloquium of the DASA Arbeitswelt exhibition. Among other speakers, Prof. Uwe R. Brückner of Atelier Brückner and Tristan Kobler of Holzer Kobler Architekturen are expected. All information at DASA Szenografie.
Antifragility. NWW Design Award 2014.
The NWW Design Award 2014 of the brand Neue Wiener Werkstätten currently calls for entries from designers, architects, interior designers and students of these disciplines. Designs that positively react to users and their use are wanted under the motto “Antifragility – How do we design furniture that improves with use? UPgrading instead of DOWNgrading!” The submission deadline is 1 August 2014. All information at NWW Design Award.
About the future of Swiss design. Exhibition.
In September 2013, five Swiss designers met for an exchange about the present and future of their profession. The exhibition Changes – Chancen at the Depot Basel shows the preparations, the process and results of the discussion. In addition, photographic work about the inheritance and bequest of objects are shown. On show until 18 December 2013. A publication will accompany the project. More information at Depot Basel.
Bauhaus Stage. Exhibition.
In 1921, Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus Stage to “investigate the mechanical and organic body in the context of space, movement, form and color, light and sound.” The exhibition human, space, machine. Stage experiments at Bauhaus for the first time dedicates a show to the Bauhaus Stage, presenting products, designs and concepts. On show at Bauhaus Dessau from 6 December 2013 until 21 April 2014. More at Bauhaus Dessau.
Patterns have always been and still are a design and communication theme for artists, designers and architects and also the object of research. Kunsthalle Lingen presents the exhibition entitled Das Muster, das verbindet until 12 January 2014 with works by Thomas Beyerle, C.neeon, Jan Kath or Jürgen Meyer H, among others. Further information at Kunsthalle Lingen; a review with many illustrations at Stylepark.
Lamps 1945-1970. Exhibition.
The Appel Design Gallery in Berlin presents an overview of stylistically influential lamps until 31 January 2014. The exhibition Light Is More. Selected Lamps 1945-1970 presents originals by Gino Sarfatti, Vico Magistretti, Gio Ponti, Pierre Gauriche, Serge Mouille, Florence Knoll and others. More at Appel Design Gallery.
HfG-Archiv Ulm. New permanent exhibition.
The history of the HfG Ulm becomes tangible at the HfG-Archiv Ulm in a new permanent exhibition. Under the title Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm – Von der Stunde Null bis 1968 the development of the legendary design school and work at the school until it was closed is investigated. The founders Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill are also comprehensively presented in the exhibition. Ruedi Baur and the Laboratoire Irb Paris are responsible for the design and staging of this show. More at HfG-Archiv Ulm.
The exhibition Beautiful Readable Objects at Aram Gallery London presents contemporary bookbinding for antiquarian books. Bookbinders from the collective Tomorrow’s Past demonstrate that the conservation and restoration of antiquarian books is attractively realized with modern means. More at Aram Gallery.
Posters about the Braun system design. Exhibition.
International graphic designs have taken up the systematicity of the former Braun Design and have designed modern posters. The exhibition systems presents these posters until 31 December 2013 at the Walter Knoll Showroom in London; simultaneously, they are shown on the website Aisle One.
tgm München. Lecture series about orientation.
The tgm Typographische Gesellschaft München has launched a ten-part lecture series about “orientation” that will deal with a specific design aspect month upon month until July 2014. The following speakers will participate: Lars Bolle, Jens Grefen, Prof. Lutz Engelke, Markus Schröppel, Dr. Rebekka Reinhard, Horst Moser, Prof. Gerhard Unger, Peter Martin, Stephan Grünewald and Prof. Tanja Diezmann. Further information at tgm Vortragsreihe.
Christoph Niemann. Exhibition.
The Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin presents an exhibition with works by illustrator, graphic designer and author Christoph Niemann until 18 January 2014. Niemann has been living in Berlin for five years now; before, he worked in New York for newspapers and other clients. He also realizes his illustrations and graphic designs in digital media. More at Max Hetzler and Christoph Niemann.
Robert Wilson at the Louvre. Exhibition.
Following the invitation of the Louvre in Paris, director, stage designer, author, painter, architect and designer Robert Wilson went through his home in Water Mill and compiled art, furniture and other objects that play an important role for his creative working process for the exhibition Living Rooms. On show until 17 February 2014. More information at Louvre.
Ways to Büchner. Exhibition.
The Klingspor-Museum Offenbach presents an exhibition about the author, medical doctor and revolutionary Georg Büchner (1813-1837) under the title Wege zu Büchner until 2 February 2014. His works are shown in a modern staging at the occasion of his 200th birthday. Information at Klingspor-Museum.
Type/Dynamics. Jurriaan Schrofer. Exhibition.
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents an exhibition about the work of Jurriaan Schrofer (1926-1990) – graphic designer, typographer and pioneer in the field of corporate identity –until 9 February 2014. More information at Stedelijk Museum.
Joaquim Tenreiro. Exhibition.
The R20th Century Gallery in New York City presents a comprehensive exhibition of the work by Brazilian furniture designer Joaquim Tenreiro. Tenreiro (1906-1992) is a recognized representative of modernism in Brazil, but his work is only now attracting international attention. Further information at R 20th Century.
Copyright protection of applied art works. Judgment.
The First Civil Senate of the German Federal Court of Justice has decided in mid-November that no higher demands shall be imposed upon the copyright protection of works of applied art than upon works of non-utilitarian art. This decision by the court considerably influences the legal position of designers: in the past, only clearly “outstanding designs” could be protected. Due to this new judgment, a copyright protection now also applies to everyday designs. Detailed information at Urheberrechtsschutz.
Publications of the Month
In this section we present publications that caught our attention and may be of interest for our readers.
Industriedesign – Eine Erfolgsgeschichte.
Hans Erich Slany / Stefanie Leisentritt, Verlag Sindlinger-Burchartz, 2013, 21.80 Euro.
Designer Hans Erich Slany died in September 2013 shortly before the publication of the book about his life and work as an industrial designer. This publication is therefore the first comprehensive book about this collected works. Due to the personal narrative perspective readers directly learn about Slany’s design concept and approach to design projects and his teaching. More information at Sindlinger-Burchartz.
Die Kultur der Reparatur.
Wolfgang M. Heckl, Hanser Verlag, 2013, 17.90 Euro.
Wolfgang M. Heckl, General Director of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, makes a plea for the culture of repairing in this book. When a device breaks down, consumers today are almost forced to buy a new device. Neither does repairing hardly play a role in our day-to-day life, nor is it wanted by the industry. This book also sheds critical light on design. Repairing not only saves resources, but users can also regain an autonomy regarding the use of products. More information at Hanser.
Design Kulturen. Der erweiterte Designbegriff im Entwurfsfeld der Kulturwissenschaften.
Yana Milev (ed.), Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2013, 37.90 Euro.
Based on the observation that a change from visual cultures to design cultures is currently taking place in the public, media and social life, this book compiles contributions about an expanded design concept, which is discussed taking the examples of everyday culture, code culture, finance culture, consumption culture, mass culture, object culture, ritual culture, tourism culture or symbol and sign culture. More information at Wilhelm Fink.
Städte als Marken. Strategie und Marketing.
Thorsten Kausch et al. (ed.), New Business Verlag, 2013, 39.80 Euro.
The fact that cities present themselves and communicate as brands is not new; however, this fact is becoming increasingly important – and increasingly recognized by the city marketing. This book provides principles and recommendations for actions regarding the topic and presents the successful implementation through case studies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More at New Business.
Corporate Identity & Corporate Design. Das Kompendium.
Matthias Beyrow et al. (ed.), avedition, 2013, 69.90 Euro.
This third edition delivers a reference book about the subject of corporate identity and corporate design in an updated and expanded form. Practice-oriented experts write about the most important building blocks of corporate identities, allowing readers to easily understand this rather complicated subject. Further details at avedition.
Tram with a creative connection.
Since mid-November 2013, the ZHdK Tram – a tram that was designed inside and outside by design students of the Zurich art academy – has been driving through Zurich. Inside, the ZHdK is presented and opens up a new perspective on design and art for the passengers. With the “creative connection” – an app – important personalities of the ZHdK are introduced at each stop, and the passengers can access more information about design and art in the immediate environment. The tram will be driving on five different routes for one year. All information about the project at ZHdK Tram.
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