Vitra meets Artek at VitraHaus, Weil am Rhein
Eames House Bird by Vitra, photographed in a Machine Shop in the United States. 2014.
As noted elsewhere, back in May the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau formally unveiled the new Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy Masters’ Houses.
Both had been damaged during the Second World War and subsequently demolished. Rather than simply re-build what had been the decision was made to build new houses which referenced the originals.
The result is one and a half buildings - while Gropius had a house to himself László Moholy-Nagy’s accommodation was one half of a house shared with Lyonel Feininger - which while physically reminiscent of the originals are functionally far removed.
Or perhaps better put, which while reminiscent of the physical form that defines the popular understanding of the ideals and principles on which the originals were built, are functionally far removed.
The originals were conceived and constructed as accommodation. The new objects have however no clearly defined function. As such are little more than abstract quadratic constructions.
We still find the idea to rebuild was the correct one; however, are also the opinion that a project such as, for example, the B10 Active House by Werner Sobek in the Weissenhofsiedlung Stuttgart is a more useful, relevant, interesting and for all faithful re-interpretation of the ideas, the principles, the hope, of the Modernist era rather than the isolated, distant, somehow hollow, if formally correct, constructions in Dessau.
A few impressions:
The new Walter Gropius Director’s House in Dessau.
The new Walter Gropius Director’s House in Dessau. Rear view.
Left the new László Moholy-Nagy House in Dessau. Right the old Lyonel Feininger House.
The new László Moholy-Nagy House in Dessau
The new Walter Gropius Director’s House in Dessau
"Variations of these tubes led to the discovery of the electron, as well as the design of fluorescent and neon lighting, x-ray machines…" -From Dr. Bolt’s recent blog post on the Museum’s newly acquired Geissler tubes. Not only are they interesting and beautiful to look at but they were an important step in #glass and science. http://ift.tt/VYb0QO
Until August 31st the Triennale di Milano is presenting the exhibition “Re–forming Milan. Design experiments for neglected and decayed spaces and buildings”. Presenting the results of research projects by students of the Politecnico di Milano School of Architecture and Society the exhibition over 100 solutions for reinvigorating and salvaging neglected and decaying spaces and buildings in Milan. The exhibition can be viewed during the normal museum opening hours. Entrance is free.
In addition to the film showing the creation of the Pressed Chair prototype, 20th Century Moormann have also released two films showing the stress tests Pressed Chair was subjected to.Films that beautifully underline the humour, passion and spirit of adventure that defines Nils Holger Moormann as both designer and producer.
It could be the perfect accompaniment to Schwarz auf Weiss by Jenni-Fee Hahn.
Kaffee-Dusche by Christopher Supardjo is a coffee maker where time isn’t of the essence. And the coffee brewed definitely isn’t “to go”.
Crafted from wood and brass Kaffee-Dusche offers not only the olfactory experience of the coffee being prepared, but you can also visually follow the process.
And with its oil burner you also have that congenital security and tranquillity that fire brings to the human soul.
Light the burner, brew some coffee, write a letter …. Facebook can wait!
Kaffee-Dusche by Christopher Supardjo was created as part of the “Aufgebrüht” course at the UdK Berlin and was displayed as part of the Rundgang 2012.
No it’s not a typo.
It is weightlifting with books.
Created as part of the UdK Berlin’s “Design Basics” course which all students have to go through, we really liked this set of dumbbells where you add your own weight in the form of books.
Not only do we like the fact that it is a convenient set of dumbbells, nor that it is a resource light, sustainable set of dumbbells. It is also a really, really nice book storage system.
And so if you get tired of weightlifting…. you’ve still got an attractive bookcase.
We sadly couldn’t find the name of the responsible designer. Apologies.