The young design studio Studio Hausen curated the group show Vorboten: 7 Studios from Berlin for The Dock venue of the London Design Festival and invited some of the most interesting design studios from the emerging German metropole.
The bent tubular steel has been heralded as the symbol of modernity in furniture design ever since the radical innovations designed by Mart Stam and Marcel Breuer in the 1920s. The industrial technique completely innovated household design, and matured to an undisputed iconic element of design vocabulary. With Straw osko+deichmann pay homage to the classic Cantilever Chair by visually and physically challenging tradition and implementing a controversial detail into the canon of the design: The kinked tube. The kink, being the most immediate way to deform a tube, revolutionizes the aesthetic appearance of tubular steel furniture. The disciplined character of the Bauhaus classic idiom is contradicted, the objects seem spontaneous as if folded by hand.
How does it feel when your sweater becomes a medium of your own voice? Trikoton is a fashion design label which focuses on the human voice and techniques to record and reproduce it. The scheme of pattern cards of old, mechanical knitting machines was used for an audiodata program. Now frequency bands are converted into binary codes for knitting patterns. Together with a German Knitting Company Trikoton realized a parametrical knitting web application to produce fashion pieces via the world wide web - unique like the human voice.
Brit Leissler lives and acts between London and Berlin. After receiving a Master degree in product design from the Royal College of Art in London she started her own Shoot the Stylist! design studio. She also works as a design educator for various institutions and founded Punch'n'Cuddle Ltd., producing and distributing her own products.
When taking a break from the design world she writes, sings and composes quirky electronic pop or travels the planet. Brit loves all forms of eccentricity, joins up the dots and aims to get into interesting conversations with all kinds of weird and wonderful people. As a hardcore digital camera gunslinger she shoots everything that moves and grooves. She doesn't eat animals, is hot for cheese, loves the Kensington Squirrels, robotic dance moves and life enhancing ideas.