‘Open & Drink’, curated by Prage-based studio OKOLO, presents an array of formally and materially diverse bottle openers from around the world
That prosaic, yet joyful, object of the everyday, the bottle opener, is celebrated at a new exhibition called ‘Open & Drink’ at the OKOLO/Pedal Project Studio in Prague.
Curated by self-styled ‘creative group’ OKOLO, whose multidisciplinary activity – covering design, architecture, art and fashion – results in such projects as online journalism, exhibitions and special projects, ‘Open & Drink’ presents several contemporary and historical bottle openers from around the world, examining the difference within this object type in terms of form, material and rhetoric. Also on display and definitely for consumption will be the collective’s own new brand of beer, OKOLO Pivo, the result of a collaboration between the Prague studio and the Vyškov brewery.
Poster for 1971 Iskra exhibition at the Design Center Stuttgart
The “ISKRA: NON-ALIGNED DESIGN 1946–1990” exhibition held at the Architecture Museum Ljubljana (AML) museum of architecture came to an end in February. The exhibition provided an insight into the golden age of Slovenian product design, which lasted from the 1960s to the 1990s.
After the turbulence caused by the breakup of Yugoslavia and the economic hardships suffered by the new democratic republic of Slovenia, a new generation of young Slovenian designers is now creating a stir. After a short look back at the history of Slovenian design we will devote our attention to their work.
ATA 30 telephone, designer Davorin Savnik, 1965
The Iskra group began as a small, state-owned radio workshop and by its heyday in the 1980s had developed into one of the country’s leading manufacturers of electrical products, with a workforce numbering more than 85,000.
Oscilloscope by Iskra, designer Davorin Savnik, product graphics Danica Petrovič and Stane Abe, 1965–1969
In the summer of 1971, an exhibition featuring Iskra was held at the Design Center in Stuttgart, where the main focus was on presenting the company as the Yugoslav counterpart to the German firm Braun.
Just as the design department, headed by Dieter Rams, gave Braun’s products their typical aesthetic, Iskra too had a legendary design department, which was led from 1961 to 1971 by Davorin Savnik.
After 1971, he continued to influence the style of the company’s products as a freelance consultant to the management.
Other major industrial designers who worked for Iskra included Albert Kastelec, Marijan Gnamuš, Janez Smerdelj and Janja Lap, while Miljenko Licul and Ranko Novak designed the company’s graphic identity.
Pobi battery charger by Iskra, designer Marijan Gnamuš, 1973
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