Edited by the Berlin-based critic, Sophie Jung, and produced in collaboration with the HfG-Archiv Ulm and AV Edition of Stuttgart, this German-language title uses twelve objects to investigate the history of industrial design throughout the twentieth century up until the first few years of the new millennium.
The selection of the twelve objects is based on a wider understanding of design that goes beyond their formal aesthetic qualities, and understands them to be strongly connected to serial manufacturing and so intertwined with an economical and technical order. Moreover the objects also represent an attempt to grasp the complex field of industrial design and show its interconnection with many other disciplines. 12 Gegenstände makes use of several, heterogeneous perspectives, with different texts from authors from different professions depicting each of the objects from a range of perspectives.
Contributors: Daniela Baumann, Stephan Becker, Thorsten Dame, Wahiba Hammaoui, Till
Heilmann, Sophie Jung, Margrit Seckelmann, Veronika Steininger.
Interviewees: Alison Clarke, Kengo Kuma, Pernette Perriand-Barsac and Jacques Barsac, Manfred Scheske and Charles Greene.
Publisher: AV Edition, Stuttgart
Date of release: April 2015
Size A5, 224 pages
Orders can be placed at:
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Accompanying the book of the same name, the Exhibiton “12 Gegenstände” was curated by the Director, Dr Martin Mäntele, at the HfG-Archiv Ulm, Germany. The Exhibition displayed each of the twelve objects discussed by the book, giving the visitor the opportunity to view them first hand and to explore how and why these objects of design interact and relate to one each other.
Studio HfG at the HfG Archive
Am Hochsträß 8
10th April to 25th October 2015