The Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel’s Institute Industrial Design is sited in the city’s Dreispitz district, a name derived from the district’s (roughly) triangular form, and a term which translates into English as “cocked hat”
But would the work of the Institute’s students see conventional ideas, wisdoms and understandings knocked into a Dreispitz…..
With his two faces the Roman God Janus looks simultaneously forward and backwards, standing in constant watch over transitions, the passage of time, beginnings, ends.
The easy connection to make is with January, that month of the year when we are invariably reflecting and hoping in equal measure: the more complex connection to make is with a well-crafted architecture and design exhibition, one which effortlessly links reflections of the past with proposals, visions and excitement for the future. Nothing existing as it does in isolation. And everything requiring a transition.
Our five gatekeepers for January 2018 can be found in San Francisco, Brussels, Basel, Milan and Cologne.
With the opening of the Vitra Schaudepot the Vitra Campus has not only grown by a further building, but the
The term “post-war architecture” is for many a term of insult, an insinuation that something is of lesser value. Or
Normally October is all about design festivals, October 2015 wasn’t. On the one hand we weren’t at that many this
In his review of Chris Taylor’s book “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe” the American film critic Tom Shone makes
As previously reported, Bauhaus Dessau are currently presenting “The coop principle – Hannes Meyer and the Concept of Collective Design”,
In what sounds like a truly monumental example of critical cultural analysis meets mid-life crisis and self-doubt, Depot Basel and
When in 2013 the design facilitators from Depot Basel were forced to move from their original home in a former
Much as the hardest move in yoga is unrolling your yoga mat, so to is the most challenging facet about
… had things not continued apace in June. A month which saw us trawl trough Berlin with Niek Wagemans looking
May may have been slow in the past. May. For aside from DMY Berlin, Fritz Haller in Basel, Niek van
As all old thesauruans know “April” is merely a synonym for “Milan” And lo despite all promises to the contrary
It’s now been twelve months since we decided to start recommending upcoming architecture and design exhibitions based on nothing more
The inescapable chill in the morning air and the deep-seated boredom in the eyes of school aged children can only
As is becoming customary Design Miami Basel 2014 provided the backdrop for the presentation of the Swiss Design Award. And
When we met up with Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler aka mischer’traxler ahead of the exhibition Castling. Designers meet the
While the art world is awash with anecdotes of cleaners disposing of installations having confused them for rubbish, we’re not
For us there is very little that epitomises fakeness better than Bling – bold, flash, arrogant jewellery distracting from the
Until August 24th the Swiss Architecture Museum, SAM, in Basel is staging “Fritz Haller. Architect and Researcher”, an exhibition devoted
Mayday! Mayday! Don’t panic. It’s just a public holiday. You’ll survive. Barbecue something…… And afterwards, when everyone else is back
Until April 27th Depot Basel are presenting the exhibition Okolo Offline. Documenting the first five years of Prague based design
April 2014, as every April we can ever remember, means Milanese purgatory. Apparently it is meant to cleanse the soul,
On Friday November 22nd Depot Basel open their new exhibition, Changes – Chancen. At the beginning of September 2013 the
As announced yesterday we sadly cannot attend this years Stockholm Furniture Fair – because we have to go to Switzerland,