Pop Art is widely regarded as the most significant artistic movement since 1945. Reflecting on the cult of celebrity, commodity fetishism and media reproduction that permeated everyday life in the postwar era, Pop Art continues to shape our societyâs cultural self-understanding to this day. A central characteristic of Pop Art was the dialogue between design and art, which is now being explored in âPop Art Designâ at the Vitra Design Museum as the first-ever comprehensive exhibition on the topic.
In days long gone, when people still wandered from one place to another, they simply took the few possessions they had with them. To begin with, they probably used bags or knapsacks to transport their belongings. But once people started settling down, they accumulated more and more possessions, with the result that these little pieces of luggage started turning into bigger transport containers and eventually into travel trunks, the predecessors of the modern suitcase.
Toilets in the bathroom and intercoms on the door were the innovations of yesteryear. In future, our houses will be equipped with a level of comfort that still seems like science fiction to many of us today. But even now, household appliances deploy a wealth of sophisticated technology to save energy and make our lives easier. This potential can be further increased with a central control system. Thanks to their cross-system usage possibilities that can be intuitively controlled via an iPhone, iPad or tablet PC, bus systems will in future automate a wide and diverse range of functions.
How can you eat healthily at work while taking as little time as possible? And how can you celebrate preparing and eating food in a hectic life in style? Ying Ying Ni, an up-and coming industrial designer from China, has investigated this question â and has developed a new concept for a mobile steam cooking unit as part of the Phoenix Design Academy.
A recently opened solo exhibition at the new branch of Parisâs Centre Pompidou shows a selection of the French brothersâ works from the last fifteen years. The more than 1,000 mÂČ of space in Gallery 3 of the Centre Pompidou Metz, which was designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine, serves the brothers an enormous playground. The two designers have juxtaposed products from Vitra, Magis, Alessi, Established & Sons, Axor Hansgrohe, Kartell, Kvadrat, Cappellini and Ligne Roset without establishing any immediately obvious scenographic link between them.
âLet me introduce myself. My name is Jan MĂŒller, Iâm 18 years old and live in Germanyâs commonest teen bedroom.â That, at least, is how Janâs spiritual mother Karen Heumann sees it. Heumann, who is Chief Strategy Officer at Hamburg advertising agency Jung von Matt, created the fictitious MĂŒller family seven years ago: father Thomas (43), mother Claudia (40) and son Alexander (13 at the time), who is now called Jan and is 18 years old. The teen bedroom is the fourth room Jung von Matt has created as a location for lively target group research. It all started with Germanyâs commonest living room, which is still on display at Jung von Mattâs premises as a socio-demographic study. It was followed by living rooms at the agencyâs branches in Vienna and Zurich. Each of the interior designs reflected the typical German furnishing style at the time.
Matteo Thun, the internationally renowned designer and architect from South Tyrol, has a unique style characterised by environmentally-friendly, clean architecture and untreated materials. Born in Bolzanoin 1952, he studied at theAcademy of Salzburg and at theUniversity of Florence. After having worked with Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun became the co-founder of the âMemphisâ Group in Milan and partner of âSottsass Associatiâ from 1980 to 1984 when he opened his own studio in Milan.
With its latest ad campaign, German furniture and furnishing concept manufacturer burgbad is breaking new ground when it comes to marketing sanitaryware. The drawings of French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme are intended to appeal to a sophisticated target group for whom good style and humour are by no means mutually exclusive.