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S 32 / S 32 N
S 64 / S 64 N
S 33 / S 34
S 285/1 - S 285/2
S 43 Classics in Colour
209 / 210
S 43 F Classic
S 1520
S 1200
B 117
S 32 N / S 64 N Pure Materials
S 533
S 285
LUM Table Lamp
Set B 9
B 9d/1
B 97
S 1521
Set B 97
LUM Standing Lamp
S 360
B 108
B 9 Pure Materials
B 9
214 K
404 / 404 F
B 10
MR 515/516/517
B 9 Glass
S 333 smow20 Anniversary Edition
Special Edition
S 32 PV / S 64 PV Pure Materials
118 / 118 M
214 Two-Tone
Special Edition
S 35 LH
S 64 Swivel Chair
S 35 L
118 High Gloss
Set B 9 Glass
S 32 V / S 64 V Pure Materials
Set B 97 Glass
119 F / 119 MF
B 97 Glass
S 285/0
S 32 V / S 64 V Pure Materials Special Edition
S 411
Set B 9 a + b
S 43 Swivel Chair
S 33 N All Seasons
S 34 N All Seasons
S 35 N All Seasons
S 533 N All Seasons
S 43 K (Children's Chair)
S 8000
S 35 NH All Seasons
S 1040 Outdoor
B 22
118 F
S 220
218 / 218 M
S 40 Outdoor
S 661
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(smow) introducing: Rowac

...A work returning in 2023, some 80 years after production ended: and that from and in its native Chemnitz... Developed in the first decade of the 20th century by RObert WAgner in Chemnitz, a city that, lest we forget, was once at the forefront of industrialisation in Europe before fate played so cruelly with it, the Rowac-Schemel, the Rowac stool, was formally launched at the Leipzig autumn fair in 1909, and is, on the surface, little more than a three-legged Schemel, a near ubiquitous typology of stool that, arguably, arose as numerous, more or less, vernacular forms in differing regions depending on the need for which it was created and the skills base of the local woodworkers; which is how design used to work, before designers formalised that process...

smow Song Contest 2022

...Chemnitz - Chemnitzer Modell pilot project begins operation: Downtown Train -Tom Waits While 2002 saw the start of what one could claim as a partial Chemnitzer Modell, Chemnitz Model, in Leipzig, 2002 did see the start of a 100% Chemnitzer Modell in Chemnitz with the opening of the rail link from Stollberg to Chemnitz Hauptbahnhof; a link which, for the first time, integrated existing suburban railway and urban tram infrastructures to allow the same vehicle to travel on both, and thereby negate the need for passengers from surrounding districts to change on their way to and from downtown Chemnitz... If one so will, allowed a train to travel through Chemnitz as a tram, and tram to travel through the surrounding countryside as a train...

karl clauss dietel. die offene form by Walter Scheiffele and Steffen Schuhmann

...Formgestaltung von Karl Clauss Dietel at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, and to which we refer you dear reader... And a principle which die offene form allows one to understand as having arisen from several directions: from the DKW RT 125, a motorbike developed in the 1930s in Zschopau near Chemnitz, and which greatly informed Dietel and Rudolph's Simson Mokick, that work which so elegantly expresses das offene Prinzip; from the idea of Der Nutzer als Finalist, the principle that the end-user should decide on the formal expression, the layout and the nature of use, et al, and of which the MDW shelving system by Dietel's contemporary Rudolf Horn is perhaps the most complete expression; from an almost allergic reaction to his Professor at Weißensee, Rudi Högner's, passionate adherence to the closed form, and against which the young Dietel rebelled, recalling that when tasked with designing a machine for a foundry "I tried not to work with closed cladding but with open components"; from the political reality, "an inner reflex on our part to the closed society DDR is to be assumed"...

Simson, Diamant, Erika. Formgestaltung von Karl Clauss Dietel at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

...Formgestaltung von Karl Clauss Dietel the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz allow insights into not only how Karl Clauss Dietel understood "what defines design, what it grows from, where it comes from and where it wants to go" but how those understandings aided and abetted him in his own search for, understanding of, "the constancy of the good"... In 2019 the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz acquired the Karl Clauss Dietel archive and began methodically indexing and cataloguing it, Simson, Diamant, Erika is the first fruit of that work and although bijou in terms of space and objects on show is expansive in terms of scope...

smow Blog Design Calendar: August 5th 1899 – Happy Birthday Mart Stam!

...And also reawaken an interest in furniture design: Stam and Bruchhäuser agreeing a never realised cooperation, while in 1979 Thonet released with Stam's S 67 a reworking of Marcel Breuer's S 64, and also developing a prototype for a cantilever wingbacked armchair... The S 67 F is on page 213, but also appears to be the similar to a proposals for TECTA (page210/211) and also a 1938/39 chair for Thonet (page 143) Essentially Stam takes Breuer's single piece chair and separates it into frame and armrest segments, and that, arguably, not particularly elegantly, the vertical tubes behind the backrest tending to stand there a bit lost...

100 Years of Positionable Light @ the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

...And which brings us to the Thonet Test... Furniture from Thonet at the Grassimuseum Leipzig, the Thonet Test is a very poorly defined test which in essence poses the question if an exhibition devoted to a particular manufacturer, and/or sponsored by a manufacturer featured in the exhibition, is just advertising for that manufacturer?...

smow Blog Design Calendar: December 10th 1869 - Thonet Relinquish Solid Wood Bending Privilege

...On December 10th 1869 Gebrüder Thonet voluntarily relinquished their 1856 Privilege in respect of "The manufacture of chairs and table legs made of bent wood, the bending facilitated by the action of steam or simmering liquids"; thereby ending not only a thirteen year monopoly during which time Thonet became a firmly established global brand, but also the culmination of a neigh on three decade story which highlights the importance of patent protection in the furniture industry... A carpenter by trade, Michael Thonet began experimenting with bending wood veneers in his native Boppard am Rhein in the early 1830s, and therefore at that period when veneer was not only becoming increasingly popular in Europe, but when the introduction of mechanised production methods was making it ever more readily and cost effectively available; as such, one can understand his experimentation as an attempt to develop processes which allowed for meaningful expressions of the potential of that material, if you will to allow carpentry to move in new directions, for all in terms of furniture production...

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