In this year´s comeback-album "The next day" by David Bowie, there´s a single, "Where are we now?", about Bowie´s time in Berlin in the late seventies. Bowie sings: "Had to get the train from Potsdamer Platz, you never knew that I could do that". Yes, Berlin changed a lot since then and it is always changing. The area at Potsdamer Strasse, next to Potsdamer Platz, is becoming one of Berlin´s new fashionable hotspots more and more, it seems. With a lot of galleries in this street, the stores of Fiona Bennett, Andreas Murkudis and doyoureadme, the area has changed its image of a boring ordinary street and is attracting a more fashionable clientele now. The concept store of Andreas Murkudis is offering exclusive fashion, design, cosmetics and much more. doyoureadme has a wide range of books and magazines in the division of design, art, architecture and photography. Murkudis moved from Mitte into huge rooms in the backyard of a big building where the newspaper Tagesspiegel had its office before. Also the european head office of the finnish design furniture company Artek was opened on Potsdamer Strasse in September 2012. So it will be very interesting to observe this street´s development in the next time.
For Kari Kenetti, owner of the Kippis-store, Tapio Wirkkala (2 June 1915, Hanko – 19 May 1985) is without doubt one of the most important designers of the 20th century. Kari Kenetti has been collecting objects by Wirkkala for a very long time and he is now showing many of his pieces at the Andreas Murkudis showroom in Potsdamer Strasse. The items in this exhibition are all objects, that Wirkkala has designed for the german company Rosenthal. Even this extract of his work shows a large variety: Wirkkala has designed pieces in white and in black porcelain, with glaze or without glaze, with many different patterns and prints, and he also worked with ceramic and glass. This exhibition shows fascinating works by Tapio Wirkkala and is a must for all aficionados of scandinavian design. November 30 - December 24 Andreas Murkudis Potsdamer Strasse 81 E 10785 Berlin Mo - Sa 10 am - 8 pm www.kippis-design.de
I passed the Katzbachstrasse in Kreuzberg several times before, but I probably needed this dark, rainy and stormy afternoon in November to discover Anke Roschka´s Gallery-studio there. Her objects are eye-catching, objects with a twist, you do not really expect them in this area of Kreuzberg. Ceramic-foxes are also bowls, rats are vases or little lambs can be used as candle holders, some finished with patterns in gold-shades, these are some examples of her work. Anke Roschka works with ceramic and porcelain, but she is also a trained jewellery-designer. You can get her handmade jewellery in her shop, too, chains, earrings and rings, treated with jewels or porcelain. Anke Roschka studied sculpting/ceramics and got a degree in arts and media at Burg Giebichenstein, Hochschule für Kunst und Design Halle and in 2009 she also had a training in goldsmithing. Since 2005 she is a freelance artist and jewellery designer and opened the gallery-studio in Kreuzberg. From the 22nd of November until the 24th of November her work is also shown at Brandenburger Designtage, Potsdam, Schiffbauergasse, Arena.
Niko Luoma´s new series "Variations on a Standard of Space" and "One Minute in Grand Central Terminal" from 2013 are shown at the gallery Taik Persons until January 11th, 2014. This artist is concerned not with "what is in front of the camera", but "what is inside of it". His works are based on a calculated, analogue technique which exposes a single negative to lines of light up to hundreds or even thousands of times. Because of their compository structures his "abstract photographs of time" are becoming like the experience of a piece of music. The moment of the exposure is the key and unpredictable factor in Luoma´s interlaced systems. Niko Luoma was born in 1970 in Helsinki, where he lives and works. He studied photography at the New England School of Photography, Boston and is a professor at the University of Art and Design at Helsinki. His works have been published many times and are part of the Finnish National Gallery, and of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Helsinki, and of the Danish National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen. Gallery Taik Persons Lindenstrasse 34 10969 Berlin
The Direktorenhaus is showing holographic artwork by Martina Mrongovius. Martina
is an assistant professor of holography and light-art at the
Kunsthochschule für Medien, Köln and she is the project director of the Center
for the Holographic Arts, New York. At the Direktorenhaus she is showing artwork she created especially for that exhibition. Martina´s holograms are showing urban adventures and architectural encounters. Her work, which is assembled from many single photographs, is very emotive and inspiring the beholder´s fantasy.
1.11. - 17.11. 2013 (Visiting time with previous notice please) Direktorenhaus Am Krögel 2 10179 Berlin
Das erste mal hörte ich den Namen Paul
McCobb von einem meiner Händler in den USA. Seine Entwürfe, welche
ich bei diversen 1stdibs-Händlern sowie in der Google-Bildersuche
finden konnte, haben mich gleich in den Bann gezogen und ich begann,
mich tiefgehender mit dieser rätselhaften Person zu beschäftigen. Paul McCobb, 1917 bis 1969, beginnt
seine Karriere als Schaufensterdekorateur in Boston, bevor er sich
entscheidet sein eigenes Designstudio in New York zu eröffnen. Das
MOMA verleiht ihm zwischen 1950 und 1955 fünf Design Awards, obwohl
McCobb ein absoluter Autodidakt ohne jegliche Ausbildung im Bereich
Design oder Architektur ist. Trotz allem zählt er zu den
kommerziellsten Designern seiner Ära. Warum kannte ich ihn noch nicht? Wieso
gibt es so gut wie keine Literatur über ihn? Das einzige Buch, welches Amazon
ausgespuckt hat und sich umgehend in meinem Warenkorb wiederfand, war
Immerhin ein Anfang, zeigte dieses Buch
von Schiffer jedoch nur einen Bruchteil seines Schaffens auf: die
McCobb hat jedoch eine mannigfaltige
Palette auf die Beine gestellt, wie Textilien,
Tapeten, Beleuchtung, Geschirr, Radios und natürlich Möbel. Seine
bekannteste „Low cost“ Linie „Planner Group“, welche für den
Produzenten Winchedon von 1950- 1964 hergestellt wurde, wird in
diesem Buch leider nicht aufgeführt. Mit dieser jedoch hat sich
McCobb in zahlreichen amerikanischen Haushalten etabliert. Diese
Serie zählt zu den meistverkauften Möbelserien aller Zeiten. Sie war so beliebt, dass es seinerzeit schon viele sogenannte
„Knock-Offs“ durch andere Hersteller gegeben hat, welche heute
leider fälschlicherweise als McCobb angeboten werden und selbst
Experten in der Echtheit verunsichern. Bei meinem letzten
Kalifornien-Aufenthalt traf ich einen absoluten McCobb-Enthusiasten
und -Experten namens Gerard O'Brian, der die Reform Gallery auf
der Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles besitzt. O'Brian kaufte sein erstes
McCobb Teil Mitte der 90er Jahre, das aus einem Planner Group
Schreibtisch bestand. Er fing an, die McCobb-Lampen
für die Firma Northcraft Lightning und die schweren schmiedeeisernen
Möbel für die Manufaktur Arbuck zu sammeln. Seine McCobb-Sammlung,
die mittlerweile aus ca. 300 Teilen besteht und somit die größte
Paul-McCobb-Privatsammlung sein dürfte, hielt er lange der
Öffentlichkeit fern. Nach zwei McCobb-Präsentationen auf der L.A.
Vintage Show ist O'Brian derzeit damit beschäftigt, ein Buch mit dem
New Yorker Sammler und Historiker Jonathan Goldstein über Paul
McCobb zu verfassen.
Gallery's Paul McCobb Ausstellung bei der Los Angeles Modernism Show.
Photo: Jonathan Goldstein
Obwohl McCobb sich früh aus der Riege
der „Modern Designer“ verabschiedet hat, war er sehr aktiv und
erhielt internationalen Rang mit der 1952
veröffentlichten Irwin Collection. Dank bekannter US Händler wie
J.F. Chen, Converso, Dual, Lost City Arts, Modern Living
Supplies und Wyeth ist McCobb wieder in aller Munde und erfährt nach
falschen Zuordnungen und teilweise lächerlich niedrigen Preisen
jetzt den Respekt, den er verdient hat.
(English translation at the bottom of this post)
appeal is based on integrity of form, simplicity of line, and true
Group 8 Drawer Dresser by Paul McCobb 1950s
Group 8 Drawer Dresser by Paul McCobb 1950s
Bowtie Dining Chairs by Paul McCobb 1950s
Original in Berlin
Group Desk by Paul McCobb USA 1950s
Original in Berlin
Group Bench and Grascloth Cabinet by Paul McCobb USA 1950s
Group Dining Table, & Iron leg Chairs by Paul McCobb USA 1950
Lid Planner Group Desk on Low Credenza by Paul McCobb
of Four Tables by Paul McCobb for Planner Group USA 1953
McCobb Coffee Table w/ Vitrolite Top by Directional Designs USA 1952
McCobb Sofa by Custom Craft USA 1952
McCobb three-way socket Floor Lamp by Northcraft Lighting USA 1951
McCobb 2010 Desk Lamp by Northcraft Lighting USA 1952
Who the hell is Paul McCobb?
The first time I heard the name Paul McCobb was from a dealer in the USA. His designs, which I could find at several 1stdibs-dealers and in the Google-imagesearch, fascinated me very much and I started to research about that mysterious person. Paul McCobb, 1917 - 1969, started his career as a window dresser, before he decided to open his own desgin-studio in New York. The MOMA gave him five design awards within 1950 and 1955, although McCobb was an absolute autodidact without any training in design or architecture. Nevertheless he was one of the commercial most successful designers of his era. Why didn´t I know him? Why couldn´t I get any good literature about him? The only book, which Amazon offered and that was in my shopping basket soon, was this one: Fifties furniture by PaulMcCobb - Directional designs. It was a start, but it only showed a fraction of his work: the Directional collection. McCobb had a wide range of products, like cloth, wallpaper, lighting, dinnerware, radios and of course furniture. His most popular "low cost" line, the "Planner group", which was produced by Winchedon from 1950 to 1964, was not shown in this book. But with this line, McCobb had established himself in many american households. This series was one of the bestselling furniture-series of all times. It was so popular that it also initialized a lot of so called "Knock-Offs" from other companies, which are mixed up today as McCobb originals. The last time I went to California I met an absolute McCobb-enthusiast and -expert, Gerard O'Brian. He´s the owner of the Reform-Gallery on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. O´Brian bought his first McCobb-piece in the middle of the nineties, it was a Planner group desk. He started to collect McCobb-lamps, produced by the company Arbuck. His collection exists of 300 pieces meanhwile and might be the biggest private collection of McCobb-items. After two presentations on the L.A. Vintage show O´Brian is now writing a book about McCobb, together with the collector and historian Jonathan Goldstein from New York.
McCobb had been very active as a "modern designer" and achieved international importance with his Irwin collection from 1952. Thanks to american furniture dealers likeJ.F. Chen, Converso, Dual, Lost City Arts, Modern Living
Supplies and Wyeth, McCobb is again very popular today and after wrong classifications of his work and ridiculous low prices now he recieves the respect he deserves.