It's monday, January 28th 2008, and the Berlin Fashion Week 2008 has just started..
Just like in the previous years the programme is quite comprehensive - here's two links to two websites that might help getting a good first overview:
here you'll find the Fashion Week's programme (January 25th - February 3rd), compiled in a downloadable large size pdf-document as well as in a compact table which will open in a popup-window..
you'll find the programme also on this website - a bit more detailled, listing also the links and addresses for all related designers and labels etc..
..enjoy the shows!
When Steve Jobs introduced the brand new MacBook Air this week, he effectfully pulled it from a Manilla Sleeve to demonstrate its thinness - the MacBook Air iis currently the thinnest Laptop on the market.
For Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans that presentation probably was the moment of inspiration and enlightment - and everything went quite fast after that: they almost instantly designed a bag for the MacBook Air - which could easiely be called the bag:
The envelope - or actually the 'bag' is named "AirMail", it's hand made, costs about 30 US-Dollars and can be purchased though the website www.manilamac.com directly from the two designers themselves..
i just found the following message in my mailbox:
"a cute little online-tools is born: the Blindtextgenerator."
Well - ok - I have to admit that the mail I just 'quoted' was in german - and so is the Blindtextgenerator - which would actually mean something like "dummy text generator". But anyways - even though the tool has a german name it should still be possible to use it without knowing a word of german.. - ..so what doe it actually do? It generates different 'dummy texts' - on the fly - and according to your personal preferences - which means it will generate those texts with different font types (Geneva, Verdana, etc), different text formats (text alignment, uppercase/lowercase, adjustable line heights etc.) and a coulmn width that you can also chose by yourself..
..a nice and interesting tool - probably not only for graphic- and webdesigners. I'm actually not in urgent need of dummy texts that often - but now I know where to find it if I ever need it: www.blindtextgenerator.de
the exhibition "Eero-Aarnio-Retrospective" just ended (January 4th, 2008) and I take the oppotunity to publish some of the images I took already last year when visiting the exhibition at the Felleshus of the Nordic Embassies Berlin. I am sorry that it took me so long to get them uploaded - I 'just' had to work on them 'a little bit' - and that can take time..:]
The exhibition began already on the November 8th, 2007 - and some of the most famous and mabe even moste spectacular works of Eero Aarnio were shown..
Ball Chair, 1963, Eero Aarnio
Pastil Chair (yellow, red), 1968
Mushroom Chair (white), 1961
Mushroom series: stool, chair, lounge chair
original title: Juttu
left: Polaris, 1966
right: UPO-023, 1972
electric guitar, 2006
seat / furniture / toy 2005
..further information about Eero Aarnio and many of his works can also be found from the following websites:
-> www.eeroaarnio.com (official Homepage)
-> www.eero-aarnio.com (Aarnio-page of the company Adelta Ltd.)
-> web page about the exhibition at www.nordicembassies.org
sometimes it's that easy: Fashion + Photography = Fashion Photography http://www.designtransfer.udk-berlin.de/
freely translated from their Homepage: "13 students of the Institute for experimental fashion and textile design of the Universityof the the Arts were working on different designs and.." (to be continued)
Opening: Wednesday, December 12th., 18 'o clok
Exhibition: 13. – 21. December 2007
and 8th – 18th January 2008
opening times Tuesday - Friday: 10 - 18o'clock (free admission)
Universität der Künste Berlin
If you happen to be a) in Tokyo next week and b) interested in Design, then you should probably visit the Tokyo Designer's Week 2007 - and then you could take a few pictures and write some lines of text and tell us about it. The announcements look at least more than promissing.
The Designer's Week is actually only open on five days (October 31st - November 4th) - which might not really be enough time to run around and see everything if you concider the number of different exhibitions the Homepage of the Japanese Design Association lists:
..maybe that translation is a bit unprecise - it's rather a hand made word by word translation of the german title "Filmgeschichte in Kleider". Anyways - it's the title of an exhibition that will be shown until 30th of March 2008 at the Potsdam Filmmuseum in cooperation with the Modemuseum Schloss Meyenburg (Museum for fashion at Castle Meyenburg). The show is dedicated to the german 'Ufa' movie star Jenny Jugo - and her clothes.
Shortly some details about the background: Jenny Jugo was allowed to keep all the custom-taylored dresses, coats, jackets - clothes that were made for her, or actually for the roles that she was playing, every time the shooting of a movie was completed. She kept almost everything in a flawless condition. This way she unintentionally archived a representative collection of german fashion design of the Twenties and Thirdties. This collection can be looked at as a treasure of german fashion design and a unique recource for research - since almost all other clothes of that time got either destroyed or 'recycled' during or after World War II.
Parallel to the exhibition the museum is also screening various movies featuring Jenny Jugo and her wardrobe - for example "Der Turm des Schweigens" a.k.a. "The Tower of Silence" [imdb] (D: Johannes Guter) released in 1925, "Die Hose" a.k.a. "The Trousers" a.k.a. "A Royal Scandal" [imdb] (R: Hans Behrendt) released in 1927, but also "Die Carmen von St. Pauli" a.k.a. "Docks of Hamburg" [imdb] (R: Erich Waschneck) released in 1928.
more details, movies, images and links are available on the related webpages:
and the complete movie guide of the museum can be found from here:
ps: probably the title of the exhibition could as well have been "history of german fashion design in movies" - but that is probably not really important information..:]