Timeless Bauhaus Design at Auctionata

German auction house Auctionata announced an exceptionnal Bauhaus Design sale to be held on June 2nd (both in Berlin and online). With such prominent names as Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, El Lissitzky or Marianne Brandt , this auction features works by all the great designers of the Bauhaus movement, which began in Weimar, 1919. The Bogler & Lindig ceramic tea set (see after the jump), made between 1925 and 1930, is just one of the auction highlights. The set includes the famous “Kombinationskanne”, designed by ceramicist Theodor Bogler and made by his colleague and brother-in-law Otto Lindig, who also designed and made the milk jug and sugar bowl that complete the set. The ensemble is a perfect example of modern, timeless Bauhaus design and is truly unique due to the combination of objects and their very good condition (starting prices from 200€ for the Marianne Brandt's lamp below).

Degeneration of Modernism? Tessa Koot, the Sorry Collection

Mart Stam, El Lissitzky and Gerrit Rietveld en route for Milan… If the Bauhaus and De Stijl members could come back to life today, would their work be considered relevent? The "Sorry Collection" by Tessa Koot, an installation of handcrafted furniture commisioned by Dutch entrepeneur Bob Hutten, gives us a few hints. The Dutch designer, whose freedom in process and concepts is pivotal to her designs, was "never really restricted by conventions of functionality and comfort. Koot looked to the modernist movements of the first half of the 20th century for inspiration and significance.
 Using new materials and techniques, unconcerned with the necessary know-how, resulted in a new form of risk taking as of yet not proven succesful in terms of sustaining the ravages of time… but hey!" Tessa Koot collaborated with photographer Lisa Klappe to stage her Sorry Collection, in a setting "loosely refering to the infamous execution of the 1937 Degenerate Art Exhibition", organized by the Nazis in order to rally public opinion against modernist artists. The Sorry Collection is on show at the Studio Paul Heijnen Exhibition 'KORTE METTEN' during the Milan Salone.

DDB NY For Hertz: The Real Mad Men

Advertising agency DDB New York paved the way for all "Mad Men", as the new retro-styled Hertz advertising campaign humorously reminds us. A New York, l'agence de publicité DDB fait figure de modèle original aux fameux "Mad Men", comme le style résolument retro de leur nouvelle campagne pour Hertz le rappelle avec humour.

My Bauhaus is better than yours

With such a moniker, one can guess the "MY BAUHAUS IS BETTER THAN YOURS" design collective was set up in Weimar, home of the famous Bauhaus University. Avec un tel nom, on se doutera que le collectif de design "MY BAUHAUS IS BETTER THAN YOURS" a vu le jour à Weimar, ville connue pour abriter la fameuse université du Bauhaus.

Dino Gavina, designer & défricheur

Co-fondateur de la société Flos, entre autres marques de design, il était le fils d'un tapissier de Bologne. Pier Giacomo Castiglioni en personne l'a convaincu de produire ses propres créations : Dino Gavina (1922-2007) a fait ses premiers pas de designers en 1973 avec une table tout droit issue d'un atelier de charpentier. Celle-ci, paradoxal signe de réussite, devait être souvent copiée par la suite. The co-founder of international design company Flos, among other brands, he was the son of an upholsterer from Bologna, and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni himself convinced him to produce his own design. Dino Gavina (1922-2007) hence started with a simple trestle table from the carpenter's workshop, soon copied by many others.

Al, Ed & Fred, Fabian von Ferrari

Les trois comparses Al, Ed & Fred sont de cocasses petites tables basses de bois imaginées par le designer et architecte allemand Fabian von Ferrari. Un sympathique profil de petit animal domestique, (...) Al, Ed & Fred are three funny and appealing wooden coffee tables imagined by German designer and architect Fabian von Ferrari. They look like pets, and the familiar air about them is reinforced by their basic structure. (...)

Plooop armchairs, Timothy Schreiber: loops, plywood & a computer

Les fauteuils de la série Plooop ont été imaginés par l'architecte et designer Timothy Schreiber : silhouette conçue par ordinateur, tout en étant basée sur l'étude de techniques artisanales, plus particulièrement le travail du bois de placage (contreplaqué multiplis). Un mouvement de boucle continu, un jeu de feuilles de bois : des points communs aux deux modèles que compte, à ce jour, cette collection capsule. The Plooop armchairs have been created by designer and architect Timothy Schreiber with the help of a computer, inspired by the design and forms obtained when layering plywood. The mini-series includes two different models so far.