kkaarrlls at salone del mobile 2010 kkaarrlls at salone del mobile 2010
apr 09, 2010

kkaarrlls at salone del mobile 2010

kkaarrlls will be presenting roughly 15 new projects, all hand-crafted in limited editions by kaarrlls designers, in an exhibition at spazio crispi (via f. crispi, 3), during milan design week 2010. included are new projects by: marcel besau, anna brugger, yvonne fehling and jennie peiz, joa herrenknecht, laura jungmann, cordula kehrer, silvia knüppel, eva marguerre, tom pawlofsky, kilian schindler, sandra schollmeyer, katrin sonnleitner, felicitas wetzel and collective ‘2groupof3’ – cristina becker, lauren walter and grit werner.

‘screw rider’ by anna brugger

the bicycle saddle can be classified in the broadest sense, as a piece of seating furniture, beyond its singular function in sports. this has been suggested previously by castiglioni’s ‘sella’ (1957), and ron arad’s ‘puch stool’ from the early 1980s. contrary to their approach of changing the saddle into a stool by equipping it with a new substructure, anna brugger leaves the seat in its setting. she only changes its post by milling it into a spiral so that the saddle can be more easily ‘screwed into’ hard packed soil or sand, a place where pedalers are willing to take a rest.

‘screw rider’

‘bow bins’, one-off paper bins by cordula kehrer plastics, wicker, rattan, rush

cordula kehrer‘s ‘bow bins’ are made from plastic buckets, bowls and tubs which would have normally been discarded once they start leaking or show any other kind of damage. she uses these remnants of plastic culture as a starting point for her designs. no only does she ‘repair’ these plastic objects, but she combines the mass-produced and synthetic parts with a completely different culture of materials and production, by completing her bins with wickerwork from willow, rush or rattan. through this process, she not only creates a new aesthetic, but also avoids all forms of material dogmatism.

kehrer’s original series of ‘bow bins’ were shown as part of designboom’s kitchen ecology exhibition.

up close

detail

‘pl(a)ywood’ by silvia knüppel

‘pl(a)ywood’ by silvia knüppel is chest of drawers which is meant to be used in a ‘playful’ manner. like the material it is named after, the unit consists of layers of loosely stacked plywood boards. it is only its form which is reminiscent of a traditional drawers. however, it does not have any of the inner workings of one – there are no hollow spaces or closet compartments. the layers can be shifted against each other and one below the other offering a variety of possibilities for placing things. the boards can be moved to protrude to the side, front, back… and also diagonally. these surfaces can be used for holding books, glasses, bottles or other small items. ‘pl(a)ywood’ is produced in a limited edition for kkaarrlls.

plwood layers shifted

up close

possible arrangement and usage

‘forMIOs’ by laura jungmann

zeitgeist demands that we always stay current. new trends and tendencies are being declared at shorter intervals and confirmed by corresponding novelties. consequently, the aesthetic half-life of many products labeled as ‘design items’ tend to lean towards zero – they become outdated at increasingly shorter cycles. by using bitumen (black and oily, viscous liquid), a rather unusual material for product design, laura jungmann draws our attention to a material which, thanks to its properties, is removed from the fate of ‘up-to-the-minute’ style because it is constantly changing. at room temperature it is inexorable and uncontrollable. rigid, defined bodies thus lose their form and become unique and consequently aesthetically long-lived objects.

‘forMIOs’ by laura jungmann

‘forMIOs’ by laura jungmann

‘forMIOs’ by laura jungmann

‘rusalka – home couture’ by sandra schollmeyer

in slavic mythology, ‘rusalka’ describes a type of natural spirit which resembles a water sprite or mermaid. they are described as having long flowing, transparent bodies or floating hair, which is why they are mainly associated with the element of water. these characteristics have been applied to ‘rusalka – home couture’ a collection of lamps, carpets and cushions by sandra schollmeyer. they are meant to spark images of magical apparitions, bizarre plants, or ephemeral, mythical creatures.

‘kantbank’ by andreas grindler

at first, this ‘bench’ by andreas grindler appears as a beam-like structure. one would not even consider it as a seating unit. only when placed at the position in the room for which it has been fit – directly on the wall – does it function become recognizable. not only does the beam form together with the respective wall space an ideal bench constellation, but the two components are also put together at a height that allows those who take a seat there to comfortably observe the situation of a room from a different perspective.

l: ‘kantbank 250’, seating furniture made from solid spruce wood, 250 x 90 x 60 cm, edition of 20 r: ‘kantbank 150’, seating furniture made from solid spruce wood, 150 x 90 x 60 cm, edition of 2

demonstrating the ‘kantbank’

‘hockerbank’ (stoolbench) by yvonne fehling and jennie peiz solid oak, edition of 5

a typical principle of any bench in a public space is that it has always been based on its clear linearity. therefore, sitting in public space is often reduced to a more or less voyeuristic or simply relaxing way to pass time. yvonne fehling and jennie peiz counteract this apodictic hermeneutics with the diametrically different concept of their ‘hockerbank’ stoolbench. here, individuals face each other, passing time and socializing. people are forced to sit together in a group, interact while enjoying their surroundings.

top view side view all images by frederik busch

kkaarrlls collection originates from the coursework of young european desgners at the karlsruhe university of arts and design (HfG) in germany and is directed by stefan legner and volker albus.

  • When I’ve been riding my bike and I want a rest. The last thing I want to do is to be still sitting on the saddle! I’d be must more confortable on the grass thank you. None of these designs seem to have been well thought through. Time to move on from design art and create useful products. No more limited editions!!

    Lee Washington says:
  • rusalka and hockerbank are my favorite

    Petra says:
  • I like rusalka too:)

    jolin says:
  • Not sure about these designs, it really looks like not much thought has gone into them. Far too many poorly executed inspirational cues from Droog Design.

    Apart from some generic deeper meanings that maybe applicable to any piece or object, I really can’t see any continuity or problem solving going on.

    I really think ‘kantbank’ takes the cake for how silly design has/had become. I thought self-indulgent design like this was dead and the GFC was the funeral march, but these zombie pieces are testament to the living dead coming alive I guess. If someone out there likes it knock yourself out, but there are far more relevant and intelligent items of design in the world. I might just go and knock up some sticks in the shed with some wire and see if I can get designboom to post it….. really guys.

    I know Designboom is meant to be on the edge of design and art, but this is like being a lemming and falling off the edge. I can’t believe they publish this nonsense and didn’t document the Salone Satellite in 2007.

    get a pulse says:
  • …weird and sad to read of satellite 07 frustration on db…

    bertq says:
  • designboom has always promoted young talent.
    WE DID PUBLISH a salone satellite 07 report – on 5 photo galleries

    [url=https://www.designboom.com/snapshot/cat/5/view/100/salone-satellite-01.html] gallery 1 [/url]

    in total 150 pics.

    andrea/designboom says:
  • sorry, this system does not allow more than 1 link in every post (antispam)
    [url=https://www.designboom.com/snapshot/cat/5/view/100/salone-satellite-02.html] gallery 2 [/url]

    andrea/designboom says:
  • [url=https://www.designboom.com/snapshot/cat/5/view/100/salone-satellite-03.html] gallery 3 [/url]

    andrea/designboom says:
  • [url=https://www.designboom.com/snapshot/cat/5/view/100/salone-satellite-04.html] gallery 4 [/url]

    andrea/designboom says:
  • [url=https://www.designboom.com/snapshot/cat/5/view/100/salone-satellite-05.html] gallery 5 [/url]
    enjoy!

    andrea/designboom says:
  • THE BROOKS saddles are a great design and people like this have just been like parasites on it because it looks so good. What about the ergonomic aspect of it…. doesn´t seem comfortable or healthi sitting in that thing……. people really do get away with some sh#t

    SCOTSONITE says:
  • Amen Lee, When I was a design student, I went to the same classes as the artist. I realize we were using the same tools,but I also knew we had different goals to accomplish. There may be place for Designer Art Objects, but real design is meant to solve problems.

    rome says:
  • Hi Andrea,

    Thank you for pointing this out/putting these up. I suppose the thing I liked about the Satellite in the past was Designboom’s gallery of all the exhibitors.

    I appreciate that there are 250+ exhibitors now, and it might be difficult to publish this amount of content, but many of the exhibitors I visited in 2007, who I took many photos of because they had amazing work, including some of the exhibition finalists and the exhibition winner weren’t published. I have the same amount of photos as these 5 galleries but only a few photos are same as what you have on here, so obviously there has been a major portion of Satellite that DB viewers missed out on. I guess I was a bit amazed by this, due to the quality of work and the time that went into exhibitors stands.

    It would be fantastic if Designboom had a dedicated gallery like they had in 2004, 2005, 2006, that’s all I’m saying. As you have stated DB has and will always promote young talent.

    get a pulse says:
  • i think is a nice bench…

    cici says:

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