221012: WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse der BAWAG P.S.K: Dansk møbel design

WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse der BAWAG P.S.K Dansk møbel design 02.10.2012 - 17.11.2012 Arne's magic world By Iris Meder In the beginning was Myren, the ant. Myren was born in 1951with three legs and a high, slim waist. Then, besides the various comrades along the way such as the Hammer Shark, Grand Prix and the Lilly, the legendary series 7 followed. And then, Svanen the swan, and Aegget the egg. The question whether egg or swan came first doesn't arise – both lived together in a glass castle in Copenhagen. Designs with names reminiscent of figures in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales are so perfect and timeless that, although they were created in the 1950's, were not perceived as 50's design. That's perhaps the greatest strength that they share with furniture by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer: simultaneously to be essential products of their time of origin and completely timeless design denouements. Arne Jacobsen, mainly known as a designer outside of Denmark, but in reality an architect, is the glamorous star of the Scandinavian Modernism with his combination of organically soft and stereometric clear structures, his furniture an all-time standard which is particularly en vogue again now. The exhibition of his furniture created for the manufacturer Fritz Hansen, and exhibited in the cash hall of the PSK, couples him with another Danish star: Poul Kjaerholm, the Dieter Rams of the Scandinavians. Ultimate reduction characterizes his designs, which are succinct, beautiful and, in their reduction, as complex as Haikus. They have perfect proportions and are characterized by first-class workmanship: brushed matt steel, leather and wickerwork. For example, chair PK22, lounger PK24 and leather lounger PK80. Animal names? Kjaerholm never used any. Which king's son shall now be given preference, Arne's magical swan or Poul's dematerialized PK22? It's a pity that the furniture, which is presented within the framework of the Design Week, and which can be bought through top-class retailers, is not allowed to be touched and is presented on shelves and labelled as “intangible”. Even to princes, everyday life comes after the happy end. WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse der BAWAG P.S.K. 1018 Vienna, Georg-Coch-Platz 2 http://www.ottowagner.com Opening hours: Mon-Wed, Fri 8-15, Thu 8-17:30, Sat 10-17 hours

WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse der BAWAG P.S.K.
1018 Wien, Georg-Coch-PLatz 2
Email: m.pasterk@signa.at
Öffnungszeiten: Mo-Mi, Fr 8-15, Do 8-17:30, Sa 10-17 Uhr

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