Archive for September, 2016

Design | 100 Best German-Speaking Posters

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Striped Hills
Designed by Timo Lenzen, Germany
For Durex China, Shanghai
(via S-LAB, Beijing/Shanghai).
Digital print
© Timo Lenzen/100 Beste Plakate eV



100 Best Posters 15
Germany Austria Switzerland /
100 Beste Plakate 15
Deutschland Österreich Schweiz
MAK
Vienna | Austria
28 September 2016 > 5 February 2017



Hello Hello
Designed by Yvo Hählen
+ Priscilla Balmer, A3 studio, Switzerland

Commissioned by the artists.
Digital print
© A3 studio/100 Beste Plakate eV



More than 2000 were entered by 125 agencies and graphic design studios, 465 individual designers and 15 clients, and 964 posters made it through to the final round of the Vienna-based competition. In the true spirit of fairness which the organisers pride themselves upon, only two posters from Austria itself will appear in the 100-strong exhibition, along with 50 by Swiss designers and 48 from Germany.

Was glaubst du, wer du bist? /
Who do you think you are?
Designed by Günter Karl Bose
+ Uwe Langner,
LMN-Berlin, Germany
For Theater Bonn.
Digital print
© LMN-Berlin/100 Beste Plakate eV



Zwickl – Schwandorfer Dokumentarfilmtage 2015 /
Zwickl – Schwandorf documentary film days 2015
Designed by Oliver Hofmann + Benjamin Buchegger
+ Daniel Car, Beton – Gruppe für Gestaltung, Austria
For City of Schwandorf, Anne Schleicher.
Offset print
© Beton – Gruppe für Gestaltung/100 Beste Plakate eV



The most popular graphic design competition in the German-speaking world, the formidable jury consisting of chairman Gunter Rambow (Germany) , Günter Eder (Vienna) and Megi Zumstein (Lucerne), is augmented by Barcelona and Berlin-based, British designer Patrick Thomas, and Latvian-born, Igor Gurovich, graphic designer and tutor at the National Design Institute (Moscow).

Design x Taipei
Designed Jianping He, Hesign, Germany
For Taiwan Poster Association, Taipei.
Silk-screen print
© Hesign/100 Beste Plakate eV



Howlong Wolf
Design Isabelle Mauchle, Switzerland
For Neubad, Lucerne.
Digital print
© Isabelle Mauchle/100 Beste Plakate eV



According to Rambow, who has been designing since 1960, is a former professor of graphic design at the University of Kassel and of Visual Communication at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, and who regularly designs the posters for the Frankfurt Opera, the poster scene is on the move. New tendencies from youth culture are becoming visible, he says, and many graffiti sprayers have become designers. However, ‘Although they have always had intense competition, posters as images in public space will maintain their significance,’ he reassures us.

A catalogue for the MAK exhibition 100 Best Posters 15. Germany Austria Switzerland / 100 Beste Plakate 15. Deutschland Österreich Schweiz (Atlas 15), by Anita Kühnel will be available at the MAK Design Shop.

All images courtesy MAK


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Exhibition | Fans of Raw Color

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The Fans, 2014, detail



Raw Color – Blend
The Aram Gallery
London | UK
19 September > 29 October 2016



Tinctorial Textiles, 2013



‘Placed on a podium a group of fans will show their different states by performing a choreography blending colour and motion.’ Extracted from Eindhoven-based design studio Raw Color’s website, the text isn’t referring to a live piece of performance art enacted by their fans, as well it might be, but rather to an installation, The Fans (2014), at LYNfabrikken Box – Aarhus, Denmark in 2014, soon to be on show again during London Design Festival 2016.

This is a long way from standard design practice, but interdisciplinary Raw Power, run by Daniera ter Haar and Christoph Brach, have built their reputation on their individual approach. The new exhibition is intended to demonstrate the flow of ideas between the group’s self-initiated and commissioned work, that leads to innovative design solutions like their Tinctorial Textiles (2013), now available to order via the Ecological Textiles webshop, but originally produced for interior designers Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe as an installation at the renewed spaces of the ABN Amro bank office in Eindhoven.

Index, 2012



Chromatology, 2015



The starting point for The Fans, Raw Color explain, was the combination of colour and its physical quality with the element of motion and its dynamic nature. Electric fans were chosen as a tool to unite these properties. The group selected a trio of paper-shredders that reacts in response to visitors’ movements, creating a colourful paper trail for Chromatology (2015), which references Vincent van Gogh’s experimental colour mixing, and is also included in Raw Color – Blend, along with Index (2012), a collection of towels and blankets they designed that breaks down the graduations of tone in coloured, woven textiles.

A forum for experimental, contemporary design ideas, The Aram Gallery will also debut three new projects currently being developed by the group.

All images courtesy The Aram Gallery


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Exhibition | Globalsportsfashionisation

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Walter Van Beirendonck
Cycling Trousers from
Crossed Crocodiles Growl Collection,
Antwerp A/W 2014




Sports / No Sports
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
Hamburg | Germany
2 September 2016 > 20 August 2017



… A great many of the people wore sports clothes which were not really sports clothes. Their sweaters, knickers, slacks, blue flannel jackets with brass buttons were fancy dress. The fat lady in the yachting cap was going shopping, not boating; the man in the Norfolk jacket and Tyrolean hat was returning, not from a mountain, but an insurance office; and the girl in slacks and sneaks with a bandanna around her head had just left a switchboard, not a tennis court.
The Day of the Locust, Nathaneal West, 1939




Tom Ford
Sequin Dress,
New York A/W 2014
Hamburger Kunstsammlungen Foundation



With 110 items of clothing, models, sketches and looks, and including 40 brands, designers and couturiers, among others Adidas, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Christian Dior, Comme des Garçons, Gareth Pugh, Hussein Chalayan, Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe, Maison Martin Margiela, Puma, Raf Simons, Speedo, Tom Ford, Triumph, Viktor & Rolf Atelier, Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent, the exhibition Sports / No Sports at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) explores the correlation between fashion and sportswear with a focus on social, formal and aesthetic contexts.

Images courtesy and © Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg


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