When it comes to art exhibitions, the current trend is “immersive”. The word comes from Latin immersion and describes both the active process of immersion and the passive state of being immersed. Works of art should no longer just be looked at, but become a part of them if possible, or at least be able to experience them with all the senses. This weekend in the Berlin-Friedrichshain show “geni“who promises no less than the world of today” through the eyes of Leonardo Da Vinci to experience. “The main part is a room equipped with all the technical bells and whistles, where the visitor moves freely to discover the genius’ various works and characters: painter, inventor, scientist and astronomer. The show lasts about an hour, including the room changes constant, there are video, audio, touch and AR experiences. The viewer must even be able to interact with paintings interactively – for example, chat with the Mona Lisa about fashion or nutrition. Berlin is the first stop, so the exhibition moves to twelve other cities in Europe and the United States (geniusdavinci.com, tickets from 24.95 euros).
When Berliners want to tumble into historical memories, they like to end up in the 1920s. Then they celebrate the supposed golden era, where city divas like Marlene Dietrich created headlines, dance halls and variety theaters flourished, and KaDeWe consolidated its reputation as a consumer eldorado. The splendor and glory of Prussia, on the other hand, is rarely mentioned, the reputation of the Hohenzollers was not the best lately, one thinks more of Pickelhauben, the arrogant Emperor Wilhelm II and his son, Crown Prince Wilhelm, whom the Nazi served. The decision of MHP Hotel AG, with Hotel Luc on the Gendarmenmarkt to commemorate the most famous Prussian king, Friedrich the Great (1712 – 1786). His French philosopher friend Voltaire occasionally called him “Luc” – it was ironically meant, but also loving. At any rate, the hotel’s 70 rooms and 22 suites were to represent a certain straightforwardness, clarity and cosmopolitanism that was associated with Prussia in the 18th century; the Royal Porcelain Factory will be represented here with service. In the new corner building, interior designer Oana Rosen has worked a lot with the color Prussian blue. Now we have to wait and see what radiance “Alter Fritz” still has today (mphhotels.com).
In 1972, the designer FA Porsche expanded the design work, which had already given the world the 911 to other products and founded the brand for it Porsche design. The first product was a chronograph, the design of which was reminiscent of the precision instruments used in racing, and which, with its unusual black finish, quickly became a design classic in the watch world. In line with Porsche’s credo “If you think about the function of something, shape sometimes comes naturally” in the following decades, other objects aimed at enriching everyday life with a striking, mostly sporty-masculine shape, such as sunglasses with innovative replaceable lens function, writing utensils, bags and even kitchen utensils. For the 50th birthday, which the brand will be celebrating all year, both the watch and the 911 Porsche are now presented in limited anniversary versions as a reference to the beginning. Chronograph 1 was launched in the original design from 1972, but with a super-modern automatic movement inside. The Porsche company takes the birthday as an opportunity to deliver a version of the Porsche Targa limited to 750 vehicles, with various iconic style features from Porsche Design incorporated into the equipment details. Both anniversary projects can now be seen in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, which has also opened a six-month special exhibition on Porsche Design. A coffee table book to provide an overview of the brand’s work over the past 50 years will also be published soon.
Promoting through technology, the slogan from the car industry also fits the young fashion startup “Shaping New Tomorrow” from Denmark. The company has set itself the goal of offering an optimized and sustainable wardrobe for men, where high-tech materials and timeless style must ensure the longest possible lifespan. After first looking for the perfect shirts and pants, it was now time for the classic suit. The result is called “The Essential Suit” and reveals almost nothing about its intrinsic values at first glance. In fact, the suit consists of 67 percent recycled polyester, 29 percent Ecovero viscose and 4 percent elastane. This textile blend developed by the company not only ensures a good organic footprint during production – there are 35 recycled plastic bottles in each suit. The material also has properties that benefit the wearer. It should make the suit comfortable and durable, breathable and unusually wrinkle resistant. A nano-finish also makes the fabric water-repellent and dries quickly, so this would be promising workwear for any cyclist for the office. There is also an essential jacket from the Danes in the color “Bavarian Green”! (shapingnewtomorrow.de)
His world is populated by big-eyed night birds, foxes and sphinx-like cats: the Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi is considered one of the most imaginative graphic designers in Scandinavia with an unmistakable signature. Especially for the company Iittala, which specializes in high-quality glass and tableware, Haapaniemi has created memorable motifs, such as the Taika series, which means magic, which combines fairy-tale motifs and folklore loans. In a new collaboration, he has teamed up with a manufacturer of children’s fashion, also from Finland: rime, formerly known for sturdy outdoor clothing, now presents a basic collection of skirts, shirts and hoodies. Haapaniemi’s specially designed textile prints are again filled with fluttering and crawling creatures. Magic (reima.com).