tobias rehberger x artek: nothing happens for a reason
tobias rehberger x artek: nothing happens for a reason 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.

tobias rehberger artek designboom the bold black and white graphic that adorns the floor




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 illustration carries from the floor onto the furniture giving an all encompassing effect




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.

the furniture blends into its surroundings…




‘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

the graphic lines unify furniture with space



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


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