New exhibition gern modern? Living concepts for Berlin after 1945 now open at the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin Kreuzberg. The exhibition charts ideas and initiatives of the German Werkbund in the aftermath of WWII aimed at introducing modernist ideas into Berlin homes. Projects on show range from practical and stylish mid-century furniture and floor plans to exhibitions, educational tools, furnished model apartments and films to the ‘Home Advice Centre’ for modern minded Berliners. Continue Reading →
Hausbesuch / home visit is the name of a European project initiated by the Goethe-Institut. Over the last 7 months, 10 renowned authors from 10 European countries have been invited by 40 private hosts to their homes in 17 European cities. Their accounts have now been published in weekly instalments in collaboration with Berlin based e-book publishers Frohmann. Continue Reading →
As many Berlin expats can confirm, German is not an easy language to learn, due to its complicated grammar. What if you simplified the language in order for it to be understood by more people? This is a personal essay about my experiences with the concept of `easy language´ and the controversy it is causing in Germany. Continue Reading →
I needed a break. It had worn me out to concern myself, hourly, with depressing events that had no immediate and direct influence on my life and which I could not control in any way. So three weeks ago I decided to stop checking the news online and my virtual world became peaceful.
Back from holiday, I was excited to find the new Eye Magazine in my post box – with my review of the exhibition “Masse und Klasse: Graphic Design in the GDR” on page 86. If you are in Berlin and have not seen the exhibition, you still have until August 29, 2016 to visit the Werkbundarchiv – Museum of Things and catch a glimpse of the everyday visual culture of East Germany. The finissage will take place on Saturday 27 with an expert talk about GDR records. See you there?
The Goethe-Institut asked me to design the identity for a new project that just launched as a transnational collaboration in Southwest Europe. Under the heading „Hausbesuch“ (home visit) ten well-known authors from Portugal, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italiy and Germany are invited to private homes across fifteen cities to eat, drink, read and get talking. More about the project on the website of the Goethe-Institut Nancy.
Proud to be part of the upcoming exhibition: 100 YEARS OF GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION BY WOMEN AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS from 16 February – 23 March 2016 at Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London, NC1 4AA Continue Reading →
On November 12th, 2015, the bridge installation by Rose Epple and Alex Valder has opened in picturesque Feldkirch. The event kicked-off the Montforter Zwischentöne, an innovative music festival, which focus this time round is on the topic of “Faith”. For two weeks, citizens of Feldkirch and visitors attending the festival, will have 30 seconds to meditate on existential questions while crossing the light tunnel over river Ill. Continue Reading →
During my recent talk at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, I mentioned my sense of wonder and liberation when I came to study there. “I am feeling the same”, a young German student told me after the lecture. Like me, she had come on a scholarship and had already experienced a few years of German design education. Like me, she was dreading to go back. So what is it that makes British design education for people like me so different, so appealing?