The sixth Designers’ Open drew to a close recently in Leipzig. More than 10,000 visitors, among them a great deal of press and trade members, flocked to the Hotel de Pologne, with its imposing interiors, as well as to the venerable Kretschmanns Hof, where more than 150 international designers exhibited their current work from the fields of interior, fashion, industrial and communications design in the usual relaxed atmosphere.
This year as every year, the Designers’ Open Award was handed out. On this jury this time round were Werner Aisslinger of Studio Aisslinger, Berlin; Tillmann Prüfer, style Editor of ZEITmagazin, Berlin; and Volker Hohmann, managing director of ikarus Design Handel GmbH, Frankfurt.
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Yi-Cong Lu received the plaudit for his ‘Wohnwerkzeuge’ (Home Tools). The series of multifunctional objects for the home, with their flexible use, suggest a new, modern domestic culture, in which fixed floor plans and the intended use of space show themselves to no longer be flexible enough.
Highly commended, also, were Stefan Hölldobler and Patrick Gülzow of design practice diefabrik for their ‘TomBox’, a truly successful example of ‘upcycling’. The Leipzig designers have turned old transistor radios into handy loudspeakers for MP3 players.
Berlin studio Hurra, with Mandy Blaurock and Susan Kreher, took home the prize for their poetic animation film ‘Ich-Apparat’.