DANCE: GÓBY DANCE COMPANY, DRUMS: DÁVID SZEGŐ
PHOTO: CSABA VILLÁNYI
OPENING – PHOTO: JUHÁSZ G TAMÁS
Design without borders
by Austrian, British, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Dutch, Hungarian, German, Polish, Italian, Austrian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swiss and Slovak furniture, textile, object and jewellery designers, photographers as well as an event series augmented by contemporary dance performances and contemporary classical music concerts.
Kiscell Museum, 1037 Budapest, Kiscelli u. 108.
10 October 2021 – 28 November 2021.
The future of living
international exhibition series of contemporary Slovenian design selected by the Centre for Creativity, Ljubljana part of Design without borders exhibition.
The exhibition is part of the Autumn Festival, Budapest and Budapest Design Week event series.
The Design Without Borders exhibition has been a defining forum of the Hungarian design scene for many years, nowadays showcasing not only the works of furniture, textile, jewellery and product designers and visual artists, but also providing a platform for contemporary dancers and musicians as a kind of all-arts festival.
This year will feature the works of more than 150 creators from 16 countries – Great Britain, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland –, including world-famous designers like Yrjö Kukkapuro and Erja Hirvi from Finland, Jamie Hayón from Spain, Ross Lovegrove from Britain and Sebastian Herkner from Germany.
The Made in Slovenia – The Future of Living selection showcases the latest pursuits of Slovenian design as selected by the curators of the Centre for Creativity in Ljubljana. The award-winning objects of the Łódź Design Festival „must have” contest will also make an appearance among others, in collaboration with the Mickiewicz Institute of Poland.
For the fourth time, contemporary jewellery designers will receive considerable spotlight, having been selected by renowned curators such as Cornelie Holzach, director of the Schmuckmuseum Pfrozheim, Elisabeth Heine, associate curator of the Schmuckmuseum Pfrozheim, Austrian jewellery artist Susanne Hammer, art writer and collector Katalin Spengler, and the curators of DWB. The goal of the selection is to provide a picture as comprehensive as possible of the most progressive novelties of the genre. Each year the contemporary jewellery exhibition unit features a noteworthy school too. This year’s exhibit will feature the works of the students of the Estonian Academy of Arts’ Jewellery and Blacksmithing faculty.
The project focuses on the interoperability between genres and themes; the name is a reflection on the initiative’s international nature, regional dialogue, the European sense of belonging together and the links between various art disciplines. An express aim of the organisers is to showcase the interpretation possibilities of design in a wider sense: by broadening the concept, the creative approach and innovation are placed in the foreground, which are based on constant inspiration-gathering, dialogue between groups of different social layers, professions and generations, the clashing of differing opinions and the systematic flow of information. Following the practice of previous years, the showcased creations, objects and projects highlight the importance of the productive interaction between various fields – the visual arts and design or the visual arts and performing arts. However, the selection doesn’t only highlight the creators; it also raises awareness to the importance of social responsibility, environmentally conscious thinking, sustainable development, the societal role of creators and grassroots communities and networking.
Connected to the DWB exhibition is a project for textile designers: TEXHIBITION.
Conceived 6 years ago by textile designer Szilvia Szigeti, this programme fosters collaboration between designers and manufacturers. The selection once again includes the latest developments.
For the second time, creations of contemporary rug designers are displayed in the museum’s upstairs exhibition rooms.
Founding curators and organisers of the exhibition:
Szilvia Szigeti, Ferenczy Noémi Award laureate textile designer; and Tamás Radnóti, interior designer
Texts by: Gabriella Rothman (except MOME texts)
October 10. Sunday
10:00 – 14:00 (CET) Design without borders international online meeting and
ZOOM ID: after 18:00 08.10. on design-without-borders.eu
10:00 – 10:10 – Short greeting:
Viktória Szekér, Szilvia Szigeti, Tamás Radnóti
10:10 – 10:20 Andrea MAXA Halmschlager halmschlager.at
10:20 – 10:30 Kele Sára sarakele.com
10:30 – 10:40 Katharina Mischer & Thomas Traxler mischertraxler.com
10:40 – 10:50 Helena Dařbujánová helenadarbujanova.cz
10:50 – 11:00 Darja Malešič: Darja Malesic darjamalesic.com
11:00 – 11:10 Isa Kukkapuro-Enbom studiokukkapuro.com
11:10 – 11:20 DECHEM Studio dechemstudio.com
11:20 – 11:30 Noemi Niederhauser noemi-niederhauser.ch
11:30 – 11:40 Sofia Kayser / ames GmbH (sebastianherkner.com)
11:40 – 11:50 Philippe Cramer philippecramer.com
11:50 – 12:00 Lucia Čarnogurská vsvu.sk
12:00 – 12:10 Jiří Krejčiřík jirikrejcirik.com
12:10 – 12:20 BREAK
12:20 – 12:30 Anja Zorko, Center for Creativity, Ljubljana
12:30 – 12:40 Tomáš Jančařík vsvu.sk
12:40 – 12:50 Erja Hirvi (MARIMEKKO textiles)
12:50 – 13:00 Krill Design Team krilldesign.net
13:00 – 13:10 Margherita Chinchio margheritachinchio.com
13:10 – 13:20 Radek Achramowicz, Anna Siedlecka puff-buff.com
13:20 – 13:30 Katja Prins katjaprins.com
13:30 – 13:40 Ward Wijnant art.wardwijnant.nl
13:40 – 13:50 Ana Margarida Carvalho instagram ana margarida carvalho jewelry
13:50 – 14:00 Octavian Gugu
14:00 – 14:10 Paula Malinowská vsvu.sk
14:10 – 14:15 Closing word / Short walk on the exhibition
Viktória Szekér, Szilvia Szigeti, Tamás Radnóti
The following programs are subject to registration.
14:15 – 15:00 Made in Slovenia – guided tour – Zala Košnik, Mika Cimolini, curators
15:00 – 15:20 Góbi Dance Company contemporary dance performance
15:30 – 16:45 Curatorial guided tour – Szilvia Szigeti and Tamás Radnóti
17:00 – 17:30 Dávid Szegő (drums) musician & composer
“An Object’s Speech” solo concert
October 16. Saturday
16:00 – 16:20 ArmoniCorpus – Zsanett Szatzker (accordionist) and Balázs Kovács (trombonist)
Contemporary music concert
Ákos Zarándy: Cosmic Dust Journey
Astor Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango
16:20 – 17:30 Curatorial guided tour – Szilvia Szigeti and Tamás Radnóti
October 24. Sunday
17:00 – 17:30 Sound in the Infinite 1 – DarkRoom
Hermina Creative Group – Transparent Sound
Compositions by Krisztina Megyeri, Bálint Bolcsó, János Bali, Máté Szigeti
Performers: Roderick Hill (actor), Virág Hofbauer (flute),
Gábor Monostori (toy piano, electronics) Anna Páljános (flute).
October 28. Thursday
17:00 – 17:30 Dakoda Trio, percussion concert
Dávid Burcsik, Kornél Hencz, Dániel Láposi
November 14. Sunday
16:00 – 16:30
KODÁLY: DUÓ HEGEDŰRE ÉS CSELLÓRA OP. 7.
musicians: Matuska Flóra (cello), Varga Oszkár (violin)
16:30 – 17:30 Curatorial guided tour – Szilvia Szigeti and Tamás Radnóti
17:00 – 17:30 Sound in the Infinite 2 – Treecreeper / Focus
Hermina Creative Group – Transparent Sound
Works by Bálint Bolcsó, Samu Gryllus, Dear Csanád, Ernő Zoltán Rubik
Performers: Zsolt Bartek (clarinet, bass clarinet), Zoltán Ernő Rubik (vocals)
November 27. Saturday
17:00 – 17:30 Sound in the Infinite 3 – Throbbing
Hermina Creative Group – Transparent Sound
Works by Balázs Horváth, Krisztina Megyeri, Dániel Váczi
Performers: Roland Szentpáli (tuba), Dániel Váczi (glissotar)
16:00 – 17:30 Curatorial guided tour – Szilvia Szigeti and Tamás Radnóti
EXHIBITIONS OF CONTEMPORARY SLOVENIAN DESIGN
The future of living
international exhibition series of contemporary Slovenian design selected by the Centre for Creativity, Ljubljana.
Aimed at local and international presentation, the Made In Slovenia brand and modular exhibition showcases products by Slovenian designers that are sustainable, innovative, ingenious, clear, functional, socially engaged and to a large extent also produced in Slovenia. The goal of our selection and the Made In Slovenia label of excellence is to create a collection which will be recognized worldwide as an example of good design from Slovenia, promoting the principles of sustainability and contributes to the cooperation between the creative and economic sectors.
The exhibition The Future of Living began its journey in Vienna, and after Berlin it will continue in Zagreb, Budapest, Paris and elsewhere. In total, we will present the exhibition at as many as 25 locations and events dedicated to design and the creative economy, to which we have dedicated this year in Slovenia. The entire project, created under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, is one of the major promotional events of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2021.
BLOG - YRJÖ KUKKAPURO
He graduated in interior design in Helsinki in 1958, then opened his own studio a mere year later. The important stages of his career that spans more than half a century are tightly linked to the history of design. He experienced the advent of plastic in the Sixties, the postmodern revolution in the mid-’80s, even the digital innovations of the new millennium can be neatly traced in his works. Kukkapuro is still active, having thus far designed more than 100 products, with a predominance in seating furniture. Besides ergonomy, the psychological and scientific aspects of his work are also crucially important for their designer.
One of his best-known pieces of furniture is the Karuselli armchair from 1964. Built on a fibreglass frame, this soft-leather armchair is not only a design classic but is still one of the most comfortable pieces for resting.
The Moderno series of various armchairs and chairs is another defining feature of Kukkapuro’s career, which he designed before graduating. Typically Scandinavian, the first piece was made for a shoe shop in Helsinki, but can still be found in many Finnish public buildings to this day.
At first glance, the Tattooed series from 1993 looks quite spartan: a plywood chair adorned with graphic artist Tapani Aartomaa’s unique decor.
The CNC collection is already the child of the 21st century. Available in vivid colours, the armchair’s elements are cut to shape using a computer-controlled cutting machine. Only recycled materials are used to manufacture the chair which is shipped flat-packed.
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He began his career in the early 80s at Frogdesign of Germany, he then was a consultant at Knoll International in Paris, while also working in the Atelier de Nimes alongside Jean Nouvel and Philippe Starck. He opened his own office, Studio X in London in 1990. His ever-expanding clientele includes Italy’s Kartell, Cappellini, Moroso and Driade, as well as lamp specialists Luceplan and Artemide. Besides furniture and interiors, he has designed airplane seats, a camera and a wristwatch as well. His works have received several international accolades and are found in the collections of the New York Met and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
His objects are inspired by Nature’s amorphous shapes, fluid characters and unique colours, revealing the humanist world view of a creator rich in emotion. They are permeated by a lust for experimenting with new materials and technologies and a progressive approach. Lovegrove’s works offer alternative solutions for numerous environmental and ecological issues. Even the essence of his philosophy is a loan from the genetic information carrier, DNA; its gist is the fundamentally important and indivisible union of Design, Nature and Art.
One of the most beautiful examples of this is the New Nature lamp designed for Artemide, one of the most significant factories worldwide specialising in luminaires. The organic and geometric luminaire is impressive, defines its space and produces exciting lighting and shadow effects. No wonder it became one of its designer’s most emblematic creations.
BLOG - ALEXANDRE CALDAS
For him creating is spiritual freedom like nothing else, his objects reveal an immense imagination and deep professional experience. His pieces are available in the AROUNDtheTREE range, offering highly sophisticated hand-crafted solid-wood models. The brand, as its name also suggests, operates based on a circular economic model and the applied production methods often draw on Portuguese handicraft traditions.
One of their best-known products, the armchair called Portugese ROOTS, was inspired by Gonçalo Rodrigues dos Santos’ Gonçalo chair designed in 1950. In 2013 Caldas reimagined the metal furniture piece – originally intended for café terraces – in solid wood; the lounge chair variant was unveiled a few years afterwards and won a design prize.
The Locust writing desk is one of the pieces the brand is proudest of. The model, built almost entirely of solid wood and treated with beeswax, is a real woodworking feat: its slightly slanted backrest and details that aren’t apparent at first glance make it a timeless piece.
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Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler
They have become known for their conceptual approach and complex projects embodied in objects, furniture and installations. Their work method is research-based, followed each time by deep analysis. Their answers to problems are novel, offering progressive alternatives instead of common templates that are surprising and thought-provoking. They use both handicraft and methods considered radical in their projects. Their works are in the Vitra Design Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago, to name a few.
Their small furniture line Ratio is an exciting experiment looking into the hidden presence of ores in raw stone, demonstrating their presence in our everyday lives and calling attention to the detrimental environmental effects of ore mining. The series comprises five pieces: three side tables, a mirror and a bench. The stone objects are combined with functional accessories made out of the metal – zinc, brass and copper – that can be extracted from them. Additional 3mm thick plates show how much metal can be extracted from a stone slab that size. Stonemason Beno Ogren assisted in creating the objects.
BLOG - NOEMI NIEDERHAUSER
«Wastematter» is a research for innovative material centered around the revaluation of drafts of beer breweries of the city of Lausanne (CH).
Combined with organic protein; the resulting material, with properties similar to plywood, intends to be used for the development of design furnitures.
The draft is the malted residue, which remains in the tank after the initial brewing of the beer and the racking of the must. Often seen as waste, it is actually rich in protein and fiber, which largely justifies talking about it as a «co-product» of the brewing process. This urban waste is produced per tonne each week by breweries in the city of Lausanne and around the world.
The organic protein is a food byproduct used as an adhesive to bond the fibers. The glue is known to be very strong over a long period of time and is resistant to water. In this material research, the glue is being made using expired food byproducts gathered from local shops. Hence, it is part of a circular operation of recycling food waste. «Wastematter» intends to rehabilitate those two waste in a whole new field: design and furniture.
Beyond its ecological aspect, compressed brewery waste combined with organic glue as a binding component, offer a new feeling and texture, which can be transposed to many fields of application. It can become a local sustainable alternative to particle boards and plywood.
BLOG - PHILIPPE CRAMER
This Swiss creator grew up in a family that owned a gallery and was a fan of the visual arts. He turned towards furniture design in his twenties but his approach is that of an artist rather than an engineer. A sensitive and intuitive designer, he considers emotion and innovation equally important. He established his own studio called Cramer+ in 2003 that enables him to create freely without boundaries. His works are made in limited series, most of which can be bought in his own gallery. He designs furniture, porcelain, silver and crystal objects and even jewels that are made using traditional materials and handicraft methods the one time, progressive technologies and industrial conditions the other. He rejects the reserved aesthetics of minimalism and the extreme attitude of striving solely for function. Instead, he looks for durable solutions that also provide a luxury feel and are finished in a quality and exclusive way. He likes drawing inspiration from historical styles and possesses a kind of unfettered playfulness. His favourite artists include Hans Arp and Constantin Brâncuși. He often uses rare and valuable materials and labour-intensive techniques for his works.
The RANDOGNE lamp family is a tangible testament to the versatility of its designer. Made using laser cutting, the shape of the statuesque luminaires invokes the Cyclopes from the Odyssey. The vividly coloured abstract-shaped objects are solemn but playful, as the bright benevolent mirrored bulb “eyes” radiate indirect light that is reflected back onto the disc, further amplifying the image’s metaphor.
BLOG - HELENA DAŘBUJÁNOVÁ
One of the best-known figures of Czech design, her feminine furniture pieces and accessories – full of emotion and passion – are known internationally too. Having created her own brand over a decade ago, she made a resounding debut at the 2009 Paris Maison & Objet exhibition. She has regularly participated in international exhibitions ever since, her works have won her several international prizes.
Her style is immediately recognisable: minimalist forms paired with playful colours and exciting upholstery delivered in exceptionally high quality. The end result is elegant, offering the feel of luxury with a hint of extravagance. Dařbujánová’s carefully-crafted objects are made by Czech craftspeople – upholsterers, carpenters, metalworkers and glassblowers.
Her Suzanne series – introduced in 2021 – is a series of five dressers with velvet-lined drawers specifically intended to store personal memorabilia in. She recommends them to five ladies who are outstanding in their field and are personally close to her. These ladies include President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová, the protagonist of a Leonard Cohen song, and the designer’s grandmother.
BLOG - OSKAR ZIETA
“He makes almost exclusively metal objects that can often be viewed rather as sculptures of varying scales, abstract objects or material manipulations. As a designer he does research and experiments related to metals. He was already greatly occupied by the topic during his PhD studies at ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich).
Zieta established his own studio in 2010 with architects, designers and engineers.
They have since made “inflatable” metal furniture, mirrors and other accessories using a special procedure. With their patented procedure they model 3D objects using mathematical computations and software, then make them out of sheet metal. These creations have an artistic effect but are also considered technological novelties. They are future visions of sorts displaying precision and randomness at the same time.
The direct prototype of his Ultraleggera chair was Gio Ponti’s Superleggera chair unveiled in 1957. The chair is still one of the world’s most famous designer furniture pieces, having become an emblematic piece of an age – not least because it only weighs 1700 grams. Like its predecessor, Ultralegerra’s design is similarly reduced – but it’s even lighter thanks to both its seat pan and backrest being made out of laser-cut aluminium.”
BLOG - JAIME HAYÓN
“Although one of the hottest designers of our time, the attitude and perspective of this Spanish artist differ slightly from the classic stereotype of industrial designers. The vision of a sculptor and irony both typify his works, quite a few of them are even teetering on the thin boundary between fine art and everyday objects of use. He designs mainly furniture and furnishing accessories, but likes trying his hand in unknown fields like shoe design too. His ideas are partly embodied in complex interiors: quite a few shop, hotel and restaurant interiors can be attributed to him. The holder of many design awards, he is often referred to as one of the defining “visionaries” of our time.
He launched his independent practice in 2001. The breakthrough came in a London gallery with the installation called “Mediterranean Digital Baroque”: a forest of porcelain cacti surrounded by graffiti walls, populated by pigs, birds and surreal creatures. The bombastic debut was followed by „Mon Cirque” in 2005, which got him his first really big commission. His clients include defining brands such as Fritz Hansen, Cassina, Magis, Swarovski and Bisazza. Of course, he is active in Spain as well; he fosters close relations with the Bd Barcelona furniture factory, having designed numerous models for them. Rising above all are the Dino armchair with its representative but playful lines, and the spaceship-like Explorer tables – with their unique shape and cool colours they have become emblematic pieces of the manufacturer.”
BLOG - KATARZYNA BORKOWSKA, TOMASZ PYDO
Katarzynę Borkowską, Tomasza Pydo
“Besides classic design assignments, this duo from Warsaw also does 3D design, graphic arts, visual communication and design strategy formulation. Their approach is interdisciplinary, research-based and innovative. Thanks to their comprehensive work method their clientele is especially varied. Whether designing furniture, kitchen accessories, garden tools or playground equipment, they carefully map the field alongside user needs and come up with intelligent and ergonomic solutions that make the works of Katarzyna Borkowska and Tomasz Pydo exceptional among Polish designers.
Their Wire Medusa lamp, designed for Flexx of Poland, follows the typical style of crystal chandeliers while representing a new aesthetic quality and technical innovation in the designer luminaire market. Made up of curved wire segments, the rigid structure is airy despite its imposing size; its shadow cast on the wall is mysterious and refined. Thanks to the exciting choice of colours it is an ornament for any interior.”
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At the exhibition, two Finnish and two Hungarian designers’ works are being showcased. The exhibition will be held at Kiscelli Múzeum as part of the Design Without Borders exhibition and Budapest Design Week.
The art pieces in the exhibition are related to tea and coffee drinking, reminding the audience of the increasing importance of international encounters and cultural dialogue. Even if the practical items seem to be simple in their function, the design aspect of them is quite the opposite.
The designers showcased in the exhibition are:
Pálma Babos is a ceramic artist with a vision to strip the baroque clichés off from porcelain and show its 21st century face. She is looking for the matching role of porcelain objects in our new ways of living today. DESIGN, in her interpretation, is a kind of communication, so an object must always be about something in addition to functioning.
Márton Strohner is a ceramic artist and designer with a versatile experience in his craft. His brand MASTRO offers unique, handmade pieces, combining the two fundamental design principles of quality and function. Besides his dedication to detail and careful workmanship, he strikes a contemporary yet classical chord with products of extraordinary appeal.
Johanna Rytkölä is a ceramic artist and sculptor with a long and impressive career. Her sculptures are characterized by positivity, clear design language, fresh colors. Her works could be best compared to stories and fairy tales, where memories, fantasies, facts and fictions intertwine with each other.
Åsa Hellman is an award-winning artist, who is inspired by the natural scenery of Finland. Her ceramics are truly unique, perfected with a wide range of different techniques. The constantly changing hues and shapes of trees, plants and water fascinate her and these wonders appear in her ceramic art pieces.
TEXHIBITION The initiative was launched in 2015 by Ferenczy Noémi Award laureate textile designer Szilvia Szigeti with the aim of focusing attention to a once leading Hungarian sector of industry, its designers and its creative possibilities. She wished to foster dialogue between manufacturers and designers and contribute to the creation of market-based cooperation......read more
The project has seen 3 textile manufacturers – Csárda Tex Kft., Lénárd Zászlókészítő Kft., Meritum Kft. Aste Bútorszövet és Lakástextil – and 20 textile designer applied artists from various generations and styles jointly develop jacquard, dobby, digitally printed and custom-design collections in the past 5 consecutive years. Participating designers are free to use the prototype collection of more than 150 pattern and colour variants. Additionally, together they seek further long-term retail and development possibilities and international relations. At the same time, designers have an ongoing appearance opportunity in the Eventuell Gallery.
The newest results can be viewed at the Design Without Borders exhibition; the full collection will go on display in the FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture in December.
A smaller cross-section of TEXHIBITION will appear in Bratislava and Vienna as part of the Design Without Borders exhibition in 2021, and a compilation selection of the past 5 years will be on show at the Lodz Design Festival.
It has become a tradition for TEXHIBITION too to showcase the works of foreign designers besides the joint developments. In 2020 two MA students of VSVU’s Department of Textiles will participate in the exhibition.