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Wolfgang Laubersheimer

Born in 1955, Wolfgang Laubersheimer studied metal sculpture in Cologne, where he also co-founded the Pentagon artists group; a collective which, in addition to Laubersheimer, included Reinhard Müller, Gerd Arens, Ralph Sommer, and Meyer Voggenreiter. In 1992, Wolfgang Laubersheimer was appointed Professor of Production Technology at Cologne University of Applied Sciences (now Cologne International School of Design) where he has been Director since 2013. He has participated in numerous exhibitions including, for example, documenta 8 in Kassel where Pentagon converted an old discotheque and created the highly acclaimed Café Casino. Wolfgang Laubersheimer has co-operated with an international roster of companies including Mercedes Benz or Swatch, participated in numerous competitions and conducted guest projects at universities around the world. However, his most important project remains the Verspanntes Regal shelf for Nils Holger Moormann - an icon of the New German design, which in the 1980s developed as a counter movement to functionalism and against the dictum of the Good Form. In 1990 Wolfgang Laubersheimer took over the Verspanntes Regal himself meaning each and every example is an original from the artist.


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Design Gruppe Pentagon @ the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne

...Established, more or less, formally in Cologne in 1985 by Gerd Arens, Wolfgang Laubersheimer, Reinhard Müller, Ralph Sommer and Meyer Voggenreiter, Pentagon, or perhaps more accurately put the five Pentagonia* as individuals and collectives of varying composition, were important protagonists in the development, advancement and dissemination of so-called Neues Deutsche Design, NDD, that moment in 1980s West Germany that saw a new generation of creatives challenge, question, disrupt and corrupt both contemporary aesthetic, functional, material understandings and also the German design tradition, for all that more recent tradition as dominated and informed by the likes of Bauhaus, the inter-War Functionalists, or the post-War gute Form disciples such as those who congregated at the HfG Ulm... In the early 1980s Wolfgang Laubersheimer, Ralph Sommer & Reinhard Müller arrived via different routes in Anton Berger's Sculpture class at the Kölner Fachschule für Kunst and Design, the former Kölner Werkschule, and where, in addition to developing their position to and understanding of art, they began cooperating on commercial projects, for all shop fitting projects, and for all projects realised in context of the company Unikate established in 1982 by Laubersheimer and Sommer...

smow blog 2015. A pictorial review: December

...We however managed to more than fill the first half of December 2015 with Berlin based Bora Hong's cosmetic surgery of the Eames LCW, the architecture of Ferdinand Kramer in Frankfurt and a very long chat with Köln International School of Design director, and neuen Deutschen Design protagonist, Wolfgang Laubersheimer...

smow Blog Interview: Wolfgang Laubersheimer - Making is back, that is fantastic and is something I'm certain will change design

...Das Neue Deutsche Design der 80er Jahre at the Bröhan Museum Berlin we noted that, for us at least, the greatest legacy of the 1980s post-modern neuen deutschen Design movement is and was the number of protagonists who have subsequently found teaching positions in Germany's leading design schools; protagonists such as Wolfgang Laubersheimer who since 1991 has been Professor of Production Technology at, and since 2013 Director of, the Köln International School of Design, KISD... Born in Leverkusen Wolfgang Laubersheimer studied metal sculpture at the Werkkunstschule Köln, the future KISD; using his time and freedom as a student to establish in parallel the furniture and shop-fitting company "Unikate"...

smow Interview: Nils Holger Moormann - We desperately need a new revolution!

...smow blog: The only object from that period still in production with yourselves is the Gespanntes Regal from Wolfgang Laubersheimer, is that the only "extraordinary" book that has survived the ravages of time, or perhaps better put, why has it survived the ravages of time?...

Passagen Cologne 2015: Die Metamorphose des Lagerfeuers at Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders

...In context of a semester project organised by Professor Wolfgang Laubersheimer students at the Cologne International School of Design, KISD, were asked to update the open fire and the results are currently being displayed in an exhibition at the Villa Zanders art museum in Bergisch Gladbach...


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