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Aluminium Group EA 107 / EA 108
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Aluminium Group EA 119
Panton Chair
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Grand Repos
LTR Occasional Table
Noguchi Coffee Table
Hang It All
EM Table
Aluminium Group EA 124
Wooden Dolls
Soft Pad Group EA 219
Eames Elephant
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Lobby Chair ES 104
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Soft Pad Group EA 217
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Akari 55D / 75D
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B3 Wassily Miniature
Aluminium Group EA 125
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Visavis 2
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Coat Dots Set of 3
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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...

The Historia Supellexalis: “J” for Jongerius

...Peoples such as the Vlieger from KLM, the Maharam from New York, the Koninklijke Tichelaar from Makkum and also the varied and various peoples of the Commonwealth of Vitra to which, and for whom, Hella, and amongst others acts, introduced a family of office pets, fashioned a bovista as a stool and also a developed a sofa inspired and informed by the polders of the Netherlands, a work whose variations of colour and texture, in whose inherent understandings and utilisation of colours and textiles, motivated, emboldened, the Vitronians to ask Hella is she would to take on responsibility for the colours and textiles of the entire Vitra commonwealth... And despite her initial reservations that cooperation with the Vitra commonwealth was to prove itself of benefit not just the Vitronians who were able to see and enjoy their commonwealth in vivid new ways and ever fresher hues, but also of benefit to Hella and to Jongerius for, as Oranje Tulpenbol convincingly argues, the taking on of responsibility for the Vitronians colours and textiles, assisting the Vitronians explore the possibilities of colours and textiles, and also assisting the Maharam explore the possibilities of weaving, assisting the Koninklijke Tichelaar explore the possibilities of porcelain, assisting the Vlieger explore the possibilities of spatial and corporate design, is and was every bit as important in the development of Hella's positions and approaches, every bit as important in the development of Hella's perspectives and arguments, every bit as important in the development of Hella's understanding of our relationships with the spaces we occupy, every bit as important in the development of Jongerius, as are and were the weeks and months spent working away, questioning and challenging and experimenting at foot of the Prenzlauer Berg on her own self-initiated projects and petitions...

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: April 30th 1993 - Opening of Citizen Office at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

...With the exhibition Citizen Office the Vitra Design Museum staged not only their first conceptual, research based, exhibition, but also one of the first museal reflections on "the world of the office"... In many regards Citizen Office arose as the logical merging of two paths: in the late 1980s Vitra began the, somewhat unfortunately monickered, project "Office Dreams - Dream Offices", which saw them cooperate with designers on developing concepts for "a more attractive, sensual and social office"1, a project largely driven by the, then, Vitra CEO Rolf Fehlbaum, and as a targeted response to evolving realities...

Lost Furniture Design Classics: Model 9 Table Lamp by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll Associates

Throughout his numerous lives and careers Isamu Noguchi practised as an artist, set designer, garden designer, furniture designer, lighting designer, etc.... yet through all incarnations he remained one thing: a sculptor. Isamu Noguchi's most popularly known...

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