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Omer Yosha makes the invisible playful
Omer Yosha makes the invisible playful

  On a busy morning before Omer has to go to work, Iohanna and I meet him over coffee and a mdf board to discuss and hear what he has to say about not only the airpiano but also his current work. Omer tells us that he wants to change how a product can be [...]

MusicMakers: A design party for the future of music
MusicMakers: A design party for the future of music

  14 September, 18h – 21h / Party 21h-06h Prince Charles Prinzenstrasse 85F (Moritzplatz U8), 10969 Berlin In the age of anonymous laptop DJs and machine-selected automatic streams, what would it take to make music tangible again? A collective community of Berlin musical DIYers answers with the inaugural installment of the MusicMakers design party. Live experimental [...]

360 Degrees of Renata Har
360 Degrees of Renata Har

After much insistence on my part, Renata Har invites me to her studio and (temporary) living quarters, which have been relocated at L’Atelier Kunst Spiel Raum. She has been given free reins over the space. The work produced will be shown as part of a preview from the 13th till the 16th of September and [...]

Open Call for Designers
Open Call for Designers

Open call for Artists, Designers, Musicians and Creatives   Musicmakers is an event happening on the 14th of September in Prince Charles, Berlin. The one night event and exhibition will feature various types or works related to music, from formal musical performances, to unmediated improvisation sessions, to projected visuals. (that is the meaning?) The exhibition [...]

Dominik Hehl
Dominik Hehl

Dominik creates pieces that use a minimal amount of processes. They retain a simple aesthetic, one/two materials/operations per object, focusing his interest more on the gut of the object instead of it’s surface value. He also creates spaces. They are conscientious renderings of the particular human actions and interactions specific to said space. He is [...]

PASTPERFEKT’S Kelly Tivnan discusses…
PASTPERFEKT'S Kelly Tivnan discusses...

On a warm sunny day in Berlin, two girls meet for a chat about design and art, this is not uncommon here or anywhere I guess. In this particular case, I meet Kelly, the main creator of PASTPERFEKT, for a coffee and a chat along the Spree. She is warm, sunny, welcoming, shy, quiet, interesting, [...]

High Risk LowTech: The night of the exhibtion and the subsequent 3 days
High Risk LowTech: The night of the exhibtion and the subsequent 3 days

  On June 7th at 19h a design-oriented exhibition held place at the WYE on Skalitzer Strasse 86 entitled High Risk/Low Tech organised by PLATform and SEMIDOMESTICATED. The premise was that the pieces shown, would reflect the notion that in a time of crisis, whether financial, political, or both, the young designers are conscious of [...]

Hercules the fascinating mythologue
Hercules the fascinating mythologue

Alex Hercules Desjardins is a space shifter. He studied architecture, started making displays and building objects for a clothing store. Parallel to his day job, he has started to collect objects with a past, from a 1900 safe to taxidermy animals. He creates ephemeral spaces and sets for store windows, music shows and…his very own [...]

PLATform and SemiDomesticated for DMY
PLATform and SemiDomesticated for DMY

Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity. — Democritus For the Long Night of Design Studios, as part of this year’s DMY International Design Festival, PLATform and SemiDomesticated come together to showcase contemporary design in a time of crisis. PLATform is an initiative created to expose and sell contemporary design pieces [...]

With Ines Königsmann, twice is a charm.
With Ines Königsmann, twice is a charm.

  Ines Königsmann is an ebullient person, rife with energy and an interesting discourse on how nature inspires her work. She has great insights on the necessity of new techniques, collaboration in design, and more importantly is trying to find her own visual vocabulary that is in tune with her particular interest in material. After [...]

Whatever became of the gramophone
Whatever became of the gramophone

The city is full of dedicated melomaniacs, bumping into you without looking back, dreamily taken away or thumpingly going around to the beat of their last musical love. House parties invite each visitor, through either subtil, robotic(think of the i-dog) or bulky looking mp3 sound-sharing devices, to fill the surrounding space with their diverging tastes, [...]

Support
Support

We at PLATform wish to thank two amazing blogs in Berlin for supporting us and our Refound Design and Vintage Market tomorrow: Andy McCormak at Café Kultur Berlin http://cafekulturberlin.blogspot.de/ check him out, he has quite interesting insight on alternative cafés spaces in Berlin   and James and Zoë for mentioning us on Überlin http://www.uberlin.co.uk/category/expat-life/ They [...]

REFOUND Design and Vintage Market
REFOUND Design and Vintage Market

REFOUND Market – Where vintage and design meet! The market is part of the activities of REFOUND, a design exhibition that combines contemporary design pieces with antique furniture. The indoor-outdoor Saturday market will feature pieces of 15 selected local designers together with vintage furniture offering unlimited creative inspiration and hours of fun! Shoppers can find [...]

About the exhibition and upcoming events
About the exhibition and upcoming events

REFOUND is an ephemeral exhibition that spans from April 12th till May 12th. The exhibition is a shifting experience taking place in the first floor café. Needing to have it transformed back into a utilitarian eatery the day after the opening, the PLATform group saw this constraint as an opportunity to create an interchanging atmosphere. [...]

The Opening Night of REFOUND
The Opening Night of REFOUND

The 12th of April was the opening of REFOUND.  We are delighted with the success! The night was a multi-sensory experience: visually by the pieces, the people, and a projection on the facing Water Tower; our taste buds, thanks to the wonderful drinks served by the Hecate crew; and our ears (and our feet) were swaying to the sounds of The [...]

Superéquipe: The magnificent(and quite funny) Seven
Superéquipe: The magnificent(and quite funny) Seven

Superéquipe is a (super)group of seven designers housed mostly in Berlin. It’s a cooperation between these opinionated and educated designers, each bringing their expertise and personal strengths to the table. They do create as individuals, one learns to never say no when there is a hand to feed you, but their main endeavor(other than their [...]

Interview Cora Gebauer of Mokkatanten
Interview Cora Gebauer of Mokkatanten

Cora Gebauer  and her partner Insa Doan creates objects. The former is housed in her native Berlin, is a trained modeller and works with porcelain and the latter lives in Amsterdam, and works with fabric. Their company Mokkatanten is their research lab, an they get to work on their individual projects, research the specificity of [...]

The SpreeTONorchester
The SpreeTONorchester

‘Das SpreeTONorchester’ is a Swingorchestra from Berlin, which is especially charactersized by its repertoire, containing basically german Tanzschlager from the beginning of the last century, but also a wide choice of english and german songs and covers. With their unique mixture of performance and concert they develope a sweeping unresistable atmosphere which captivates the whole [...]

MEET THE DESIGNERS!
MEET THE DESIGNERS!

Jan Bernstein www.janbernstein.com During his studies in product design at the University of Art and Design in Halle, he did an exchange at the Ceramic- Glass design department and studied at the Escola d´Art i Superior de Disseny de Valencia in Spain. In 2008 he did a project at the University of Art in Linz in Austria and [...]

MEET THE DESIGNERS!
MEET THE DESIGNERS!

Silvia Knüppel www.silviaknueppel.com   Having her studio based in Hamburg, since 2008 Silvia is working as a freelance Designer in Hamburg and Paris. After studying in the Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands, she graduated in 2007 in product design from the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe, in Germany. She was a lecturer at the University of Arts [...]

People behind PLATform: interview
People behind PLATform: interview

PLATform is a manifesto taking various forms. The ideology behind this is to present design-oriented pieces in alternative spaces. The objects presented are crafted by independents or collaboratives, that have a close relationship to their craftsmen and to their public. We are interested in showing the creations that have a disjointed element about them, whether [...]

Interview with AandRé design: part 1 of 2
Interview with AandRé design: part 1 of 2

Régis Lemberthe and his partner Anna Iwansson create objects with concrete and found materials. The concrete is a malleable surface they can shape into a sleek or rough surface, it holds many inherent possibilities. With the found material, mostly from scavenging from the streets, they find a strong support whether it be ethically or physically [...]

Interview with the men behind Rakso Naibaf
Interview with the men behind Rakso Naibaf

Sitting in Oskar and Fabians’ work space on the sunniest day in Berlin, we were generously offered a coffee and Fritz Cola’s, shown new models for future exhibition. Being with the boys  one immediately notices how free and in tune with one another they are, one starts an idea the other one follows with a [...]

Repetition in Postmodernism
Repetition in Postmodernism

The British philosopher David Hume (1711-1776) said: while repetition changes nothing in the original object, it does change the viewer’s understanding. Based on this idea, Nirith Nelson wrote a very interesting article titled “Exercises in Geometrical Thought” In her article, referring to the exhibition “new olds” at the Holon Design Museum curated by Volker Albus, she [...]