DMY, Berlin’s much-celebrated International Design Festival returns for its 9th edition.
‘The DMY International Design Festival Berlin will anew take place in the impressive architecture of historic city airport Berlin Tempelhof. The central exhibition showcases pioneering and foresighted works by over 500 professional designers, brands and new talents. Reflecting on design as a full circle system, the central exhibition is accompanied by a vast program of satellite exhibitons and events such as Designer Talks, Lectures, Open Design and Material Workshops. Honouring the talent of young and professional designers, the largest festival for product design in Germany will also celebrate foresighted works within the Ceremony of the DMY Awards and the design contest for young talents of IKEA Stiftung.
‘While a great amount of tools has been invented to make our lives ea- sier and more efficient, we rarely have the time to reflect upon our daily practices and our life with things. Most of the things that surround us are a result of a design process. They are not simply given, but repre- sent continuous development processes and thus are subject to change. Instead of just mirroring the status quo, the DMY International Design Festival highlights forward-thinking products and research-driven pro- jects reflecting upon the social impact of contemporary product design.’
L40 building in Berlin by Bundschuh Architekten; photo by Jan Bitter
L40, the monolithic, geometrical building on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin-Mitte is a collaborative project designed by Bundschuh Architekten and Cosima von Bonin. This sombre, striking and instantly-recognisable structure was commissioned by Verein zur Förderung der Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V. and the building was competed in January 2010. (more…)
'Hemp Chair' by Werner Aisslinger, shown in Milan at the Ventura Lambrate during this year's Salone Internazionale del Mobile; photo by Michel Bonvin
The increasing focus on eco-friendly and sustainable products has led to many ingenious and, sometimes, unexpected inventions frequently incorporating state-of-the-art technology. With this in mind, Berlin-based architect and designer Werner Aisslinger has recently designed a ‘Hemp chair’ – ‘world’s first monobloc chair made of natural fibres’.
The arched façade correspondig with the existing LABELS I building
The new fashion center, LABELS II BERLIN, designed by HHF Architects is currently under construction and will be opened in October 2009.
The arched façade is a quotation to the exististing, historical neighbouring building and represents also the clear handwriting of the Swiss architects.
The center will be opened in October 2009
Here the architect´s comment:
The fashion center, LABELS II BERLIN, is a concentration of showrooms for international fashion brands in one building, including public spaces such as an event hall, a restaurant and a lounge at the top floor. The design strategy is based on the adjacent warehouse building of LABELS I. The interior spaces of this historical building are strongly characterized by the repetition of arched windows used in the facade and this motif became one of the starting points for the design of the project. The use of two different cut sine curves generates a specific look for both the supporting structure, and in a modified form with sine waves, for the facade. With that, the structure and rhythm is the formative motif for the perception of the completely new building, linking it to the existing neighborhood.
The shop´s inside
Connected by a heat exchanging device, the whole concrete structure of the building is permeated with water tubes and used as a radiator for heating as well as for cooling. The energy consumption for heating and cooling of LABELS II BERLIN is reduced by 40% with this combined technique of mass activation and use of the Spree river water.
HHF architects won the international competiton among selected architects in September 2007. The building is now under construction and the opening is planned for early 2010.
The open terrace on the top floor
Client LABELS BERLIN, Berlin
Team HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER with Walter Gloor, Yujin Hirase, Cella Hubel, Tonja Kersting, Okhyun Kim
With his documentary about the Berlin Hansaviertel the young Berlin-based film-maker Marian Engler created a chronicle piece about an example of successful and forward-looking architecture in post-war Germany. The film consists of impressive views of houses by Oscar Niemeyer, Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto and others. With interviews of time-wittnesses of the 50’s as well as young residents of the Hansaviertel and architects, among them Oscar Niemeyer himself, Marian Engel tries to figure out if the concept of the ‘city of tomorrow’ works, after all. The film is in German language with English subtitles.
Apartment building by Egon Eiermann, Hansa quater Berlin
Here the synopsis:
In 1957 the first International Construction Exhibition after the war took place in Berlin.
At the „Interbau’57“ 64 world famous architects of the classical modernism came together to realise their vision of a „city of tomorrow“. Under them visionists like Le Corbusier, Oskar Niemeyer, Walter Gropius and Arne Jacobsen.
They did not only want to provide new flats for the bombed out residents. With their plan of a green city-landscape they wanted to create a peaceful and democratic society.
The documentary shows the beginning and the history of the Hansaviertel. It is dedicated to the people who live there today and asks for the success of an international praised role model for town construction. But can you find thehigh ideological requirements of progress, democracy and freedom in the heads of the people who live there today?
On the occasion of the DMY Festival in Berlin, the Appel Design Gallery opened two rather different exhibitions. With ‘In Loving Memory the Lamborghini Countach’ the Swiss designer Martin Meier expresses his love to the ‘goddess of all super cars’. Martin applied the design language of the Lamborghini Countach to other design classics – pure styling on almost pure function.
'Panettone' the Lamborghini version of the Panton Chair
The second exhibition ‘Conceptual Substance’ showcases 9 international designers, all based in Berlin – what they have in common is that they are all doubters, questioners, storytellers and rebels – designers who are trying to relieve themselves from the usual menchanism of industrial design and who are searching for alternatives to what ‘Design’ is today.
Among others there are pieces of Jerszy Seymour, El Ultimo Grito, Bless, osko+deichmann and Judith Seng.
Until 27th June, Appel Design Gallery, Torstrasse 114, 10119 Berlin
Table made of one single metal sheet by Ronen Kadushin
The Berlin based interdisciplinary collective raumlabor was founded in 1999 and is focused on visionary projects in urban and architectural contexts.
Their latest project Spacebuster is a mobile inflatable structure – a portable, expandable pavilion which is mounted on a van and provided place to a 10-day programme of lectures, workshops, screenings and performances, organised by the New York based gallery Storefront.
raumlabor was invited by the New York based gallery Storefront
“The pavilion is comprised of an inflatable bubble-like dome that emerges from a step van that also houses the compressor that keeps the Spacebuster inflated. The dome expands and organically adjusts to its surroundings, be it in a field, a wooded park, or below a highway overpass.”
'Spacebuster' provided place to a 10 day programme of lectures, workshops, screenings and performances.
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