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January 5, 2016 - No Comments!

Blickfang designfair CEO Jennifer Reaves completes the selection committee.

"I can actually nothing except blickfang - but this really good!"

These words spoken, Jennifer Reaves (36) opens the international design fair blickfang six times a year. - A fair that established itself as the largest design trade fair in the German-speaking Europe. Reaves works for blickfang since graduating from high school in 1999. From an internship through project management jobs like at blickfang Tokyo she developed her position as CEO (Geschäftsführerin and strategic director). In addition to the expansion into new cities and in the online trading, Reaves promoted especially the high design standard which differs blickfang of comparable consumer fairs. Secondary conveyor formats like "blickfang selected" and the "MINI Design Award" or the idea of ​​a "curator of the year" go back to Reaves engagement. These renown Individuals ar“ accompany, challenge and encourage blickfang for the duration of one season and share their experience in an annual "blickfang design workshop“ with young design companies. Jennifer Reaves also participates in the workshop as a mentor: Since they maintain close contact with thinkers and leaders from design, production, trade and press - it can reflect design and career strategies holistically. Being responsible for international partnerships and sponsor acquisition, Reaves is a passionate traveler but works and lives in Stuttgart.

January 5, 2016 - No Comments!

Introducing Berlin-based art dealer and curator Pascal Johanssen, head of Direktorenhaus Berlin.

Pascal Johanssen, born in 1973 in Berlin , is an art dealer, curator and head of the Direktorenhaus Berlin. Johanssen studied law and history, according to scientific activities at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK), Pascal Johanssen was announced artistic director of the Biennale Illustrative in Berlin, Paris and Zurich in 2005. In the same year he opened his own gallery whose collection he presented in extended form since 2010 at the Direktorenhaus. Since 2013 Johanssen is curator of the "Handmade in Germany World Tour" which shows 150 German manufacturers in an international traveling exhibition.In 2015 he took over the management of Deutsche Manufakturenstrasse.

www.direktorenhaus.com
www.deutsche-manufakturenstrasse.de

January 5, 2016 - No Comments!

Author, curator and consultant Max Borka contributes his wide experience

Belgium-born but Berlin-Based Max Borka worked as an allround journalist, before becoming a curator, author and consultant in the field of design. He’s a former director of the Interieur Foundation and designbrussels, was a co-founder of DAMn¨ magazine, and founded Mapping The Design World, communicating socially more responsible forms of design on a worldwide level. He’s also a co-founder and –director of State of Design Berlin, a new design festival that will live its first edition in May 2016, and teaches Design Theory at the Fachhochschule Potsdam. Exhibitions curated by Borka include Nullpunkt, Nieuwe German Gestaltung and Spagat!, Design Istanbul Tasarimi, both at MARTa Herford, and Istanbul Alphabet, at the Museum der Dinge in Berlin. He’s also member of the selection committee of the Interieur Biennale.

December 10, 2015 - No Comments!

Multidisciplinary design studio llot llov attends our selection committee

We are overwhelmed by presenting a new part of our jury, the berlin based duo Ania Bauer and Jacob Brinck, better known as studio llot llov! <3

llot llov’s design is both functional and emotional. Often playful, always visionary, they work conceptually to aesthetically improve our day-to-day world. Their guiding principles are: Content, efficiency, clarity and sustainability.  Usefulness is a priority without foregoing complexity.

llot llov’s work is mostly application-oriented. Their products and interior designs are determined bythe choice of materials and their specific composition. Suppliers from Germany, the neighbouring states and the use of local structures are de rigueur for the team.

llot llov works in close contact with its producers and clients and promotes a close relationship to the demanding consumers as well as to the international users and artists. llov llot is deeply rooted in the creative culture of Berlin and profits from a lively urban environment.

http://www.llotllov.de/

 

December 1, 2015 - No Comments!

Sophie Lovell adds new perspectives to the jury board

Sophie Lovell is a freelance writer, editor, curator and consultant in the fields of architecture and design and the Editor-in-Chief of the Berlin-based international online magazine uncube. Originally from London, she graduated in Biology at Sussex University and Design at Chelsea College of Art before moving to Berlin in 1994. Here she rapidly became an active member of the city’s burgeoning multidisciplinary creative scene, where she developed an interest for mixing and crossing creative borders. This has remained a key feature in her approach to her international projects from designing exhibitions to writing books, making magazines and advising a broad range of clients. “Exploring interfaces and transcending disciplines is where new possibilities arise,” she states, “it is precisely within these interstitial spaces that contemporary innovation is generated”.

November 15, 2015 - No Comments!

Proud to announce the renowned designer and entrepreneur Nils Holger Moormann as a jury member

In Aschau on the Chiemsee it seems another wind blows. One from the North-West, and that has a mind of its own, but which brings a breath of fresh air into the world of design. A pirate’s flag under the Bavarian blue and white skies. Nils Holger Moormann positions himself somewhere between the conventions of conventionality and makes himself comfortable amidst his pieces of furniture. They are not unlike the man himself: ascetic, well thought through, and with a nod and a wink to posterity that is easily
missed.

“If there’s one thing where I’m really
obstinate, it’s fl exibility”

As an autodidact, someone foreign to the branch and a free spirit, Nils Holger Moormann is the epitome of ‘Neues Deutsches Design’ and from 1982 onwards has developed with a number of mostly young, unknown designers as well as with his own Creative Department furniture which exhibits a reduced formal language and precise solutions to detail. Sounds simple enough. And it is in a way, as the bookshelf FNP – a classic in its own right – demonstrates. The key thoughts are simplicity, intelligence and innovation, and these colour the company’s entire philosophy. At times this makes life uncomfortable, creates an edginess or even a defensiveness at times, but it speaks volumes for the timelessness and true Zeitgeist of the pieces themselves. Where better then for this furniture to find its roots – between the raw mountain climate and tradition as it is lived out, between the stubborn beasts of the fi eld and a far-reaching sense for ecological balance? And this is why almost all the products are built by local artisans, sent on their way directly from the company headquarters, and available from selected outlets around the world.

NHM_Treppenhaus_2015 (@Julia Rotter)

We know that Nils Holger Moormann can not sit still for too long, and will not be content to lean back and contemplate the current collection. Thus, there is now a chance to stay overnight as a guest, in order perhaps to centre oneself once more. The guesthouse ‘berge’, with all its corners and corridors, offers the opportunity to keep things to the minimum again: bear things, lie down, cook whatever and simply live life. It’s a golden rule. And authentic to boot. Just another two characteristics that the company holds dear to its heart, from top to bottom.

All of this is not easy to pigeonhole. Which is in itself rather good, as this lateral thinker believes. He’s happy to enjoy his reputation and the numerous design prizes, before setting off to sit on the next competition jury. Any new ideas and deliberations will certainly not be put off until tomorrow. Vita short version Nils Holger Moormann positions himself somewhere between the conventions of conventionality and makes himself comfortable amidst his pieces of furniture. They are not unlike the man himself: ascetic, well thought through, and with a nod and a wink to posterity that is easily missed. As an autodidact and free spirit, Nils Holger Moormann has, from 1982 onwards, developed with a number of mostly young, unknown designers furniture which exhibits a reduced formal language and precise solutions to detail.

The key thoughts are simplicity, intelligence and innovation, and these colour the company’s entire philosophy. From the company headquarters in Aschau to the purist design of FNP – a classic in its own right – and the unusual guesthouse ‘berge’, any new ideas and deliberations will certainly not be put off until tomorrow.

November 1, 2015 - No Comments!

Axel Veit joins the board as one of our first and early supporters

For over 20 years the design, production and distribution of high end furniture is his great passion. At the renowned German furniture brands Classicon and Garpa, Axel Veit was in charge of product development, marketing and sales as executive vice president. He started his self-employment about 10 years ago with the exclusive distribution of such high end American brands as William Haines Designs, Dunbar and Sutherland. In former positions Veit was head of marketing communications with Hewlett-Packard and Porsche cars in Stuttgart.

The idea of developing an own collection has been ripening in his mind for quite some years already. The crucial boost came with the meeting of the young designer Alexander Rehn at the SaloneSatellite in 2013, where he exhibited for the first time.