tobias rehberger x artek: nothing happens for a reason
apr 03, 2011
tobias rehberger x artek: nothing happens for a reason


‘nothing happens for a reason’ at logomo café designed by tobias rehberger with artek
photos by bo stranden

‘nothing happens for a reason’ at logomo café in turku, finland is a collaboration between
finnish design furniture manufacturer artek and german artist tobias rehberger.

this is not the first collaboration between rehberger and artek. on the occasion of the 2009 venice art biennale,
they created a permanent installation in the cafeteria of the palazzo delle exposizioni della biennale,
formerly the italian pavilion, for which rehberger was awarded the golden lion.

the installation at turku follows the same vain as that of the space in venice.
it is a white interior adorned with bold black graphic lines running throughout, overlapping and intertwining with one another.
these lines carry over the artek furniture within the café connecting the space and objects which inhabit it together.
void of any color but a single orange lamp and single orange line cutting through the interior,
‘nothing happens for a reason’ is on show at the logomo café until december 18th, 2011.

I like the idea of creating a visual art project which is about ‘not seeing something’. the painting method of battle ships
in the first and second world war, the so called dazzle painting, in a way for me perfectly represents this paradox.
the sculpture I created for turku is based on the same concept as the one in venice. it applies a completely different pattern
to the space, but despite its very different look, it should have the same dazzling effect
.’ – tobias rehberger


aerial view


the black graphic lines continue onto the furniture within the space


rehberger’s art carries over iconic artek products – enzo mari’s ‘sedia 1 chair’ (left) and alvar aalto’s ‘children’s stool NE60′ (right) used in the café

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library