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Design exhibition at Cologne museum MAKK during imm cologne: FULL HOUSE – Design by Stefan Diez

Photo: MAKK
Photo: MAKK

Stefan Diez is one of Germany’s most internationally acclaimed designers. His designs are a combination of classic elegance, perfect craftsmanship and an ambitious will to find the right form derived from the material. “FULL HOUSE: Design by Stefan Diez” is a comprehensive exhibition featuring the work of the last 15 years. In addition to luminaires, furniture and everyday objects that Stefan Diez designed for manufacturers like e15, Thonet, Hay, Wilkhahn and emu, the exhibition also features ongoing projects such as the Guise luminaire for Vibia, the Bandit table for e15 or the D1/D2 chairs for Wagner. A special section of the show is dedicated to ‘invisible’ projects that have never gone into production.

Coinciding with imm cologne 2017, this solo exhibition provides a detailed view into the workshop of Munich-based designer Stefan Diez, showing his design approach and explaining key moments in the development processes of furniture, luminaires, accessories and other everyday products.

Photo: MAKK
Photo: MAKK

A consistent and often radical search for new ways is characteristic of Diez’s work. His perspective goes beyond conventional approaches in design, resulting in surprising solutions. A chair constructed like a car body, LED luminaires whose glass body serves as light conductor, wafer-thin Japanese porcelain for tableware or a shelving system that becomes a space-creating structure: these are just a few examples from the designer’s extensive and extraordinary portfolio. Many projects, some of which have not been shown before, are used to demonstrate the challenges Diez’s Munich-based studio sets itself, discovering in the process new experimental scope for the design of everyday products. Technology and ingenuity, construction and passion define Diez’s design. His experimental approach shapes complex development processes, resulting in unexpected possibilities for manufacturing furniture and everyday objects. The exhibition focuses on the key moments in the development processes of furniture, luminaires, accessories and industrial products. In the MAKK, the products are presented in individual cells, joined up to form an overall spatial exhibition architecture and providing insights into the key moments of technical and construction- or concept-related development processes.

Photo: MAKK
Photo: MAKK

Born in Freising near Munich in 1971, Stefan Diez completed an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker before studying industrial design at Stuttgart Art Academy. He worked as an assistant to Richard Sapper (USA) and Konstantin Grcic (Munich) before founding his own design studio in Munich in 2003. In 2006, he caused a sensation at the imm cologne with his interpretation of the “ideal house” installation format. From 2009 to 2014, he was professor of industrial design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Since 2015 he has been a visiting professor at the University of Lund in Sweden. His work has been recognised with many international design awards.

Opening Times:
Tue-Sun: 11am to 5pm
Closed on Mondays and 23 to 28 February 2017 (Carnival)
First Sunday each month: 10am to 5pm
First Thursday each month: 11am to 10pm

Special opening times during imm cologne (17 to 22 January 2017)
11am to 9pm, free admission
Press talk in english: 16.01.2017, 5:30 p.m.

FULL HOUSE: Design by Stefan Diez
17 January to 11 June 2017
International press conference: 16 January 2017, 5:30 pm
Opening: 16 January 2017, 7 pm
Admission: 8 €, reduced 6 €

Further information:
www.museenkoeln.de