zeha Berlin - Ledersportschuh CLUB rot/weiß - Carl Häßner
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Formost sucht in erster Linie nach Qualität und wirklich „guten Waren“. Wenn etwas heute noch produziert wird, dass eine lange Tradition hat, spricht allein das für eine zeitlose Lösung. Das Umfeld und die Ideen zu kennen, aus denen ein Produkt hervorging, wird dann zu einer Geschichte, von der wir genauso gern erzählen wie von den Menschen hinter den Produkten.
Interior of Restaurant Szeged, Dresden 1965
The most famous university for design in the GDR was Burg Giebichenstein in Halle/Saale. The fact that the state had a say in everything, naturally, had several consequences. Designers regularly despaired of the industry and fled to universities. Since teaching was of great importance, they were often able to achieve outstanding results. In the writings of the famous Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala, for example, I found a reference to his students having the best design education in the world at Halle. The fact that the Scandinavians in particular derived their training here is perhaps part of their success.
As a museum, East German design history is currently being reappraised for the first time in Munich and we are sure that the whole of German culture can only benefit from this. With a focus on equipment design and state-supported developments for the therapy and participation of disabled people in design tasks, the GDR was an international pioneer.
GDR design publications with high scientific standards and specialist knowledge still enjoy international respect in specialist circles today. A famous Italian designer, for example, told us that he had learned all about porcelain design with a GDR reference book, as there was no other reference book available worldwide.
In an age of resource shortages and crises, there are signs of a renaissance for this German design epoch with Bauhaus roots.
If you look at actually producing designs and prototypes without serializing them together, a huge amount of funding remains to be discovered.