Article from the 2015-03-05, by Sabrina Pflüger
Systems influence our lives. Consciously and unconsciously we are guided by DIN rules, public transport timetables, computer and device systems and we organize the things we own in shelves and wardrobe systems.
The habit of organizing things in systems enters every gap of our lives. Starting in our children’s rooms, where we organize Lego blocks and other toys, as in the kitchen and the living room and office.
The Museum for Applied Arts in Cologne offers an overview of the different systems that emboss our lives with the exhibition System Design: More than 100 years of chaos in our lives. The exhibition includes all the areas concerning the title and shows exhibits reaching from classic pieces of architecture and furniture up to fashion and product systems. Thereby the time gap considered reaches from 1880 to modern times, also including “invisible”, digital systems of computer and communication fields.
System design and furniture in parts to be combined individually are very popular since the 1950s. The designer George Nelson is one of the responsible figures of the popularity of such systems, since he presented his Modular Seating System including chairs and tables of this kind. Another classic object is the String wall shelf by the architect and designer Nisse Strinning, which justifiably belongs to the absolute classic pieces of home design.
Konstantin Grcic is considered to be one of the most influencing designers of today. The Munich born designer produces functional and formally aesthetic products like the 360° Container for Magis, being influenced by the design history and the personal passion for new technologies and materials. The container has 360° rotatable compartments, usable from all the sides, ensuring the highest possible flexibility. The container by Konstantin Grcic, and also the String wall shelf and more than 100 other products of international design icons like Marcel Breuer, Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, George Nelson, Verner Panton and Dieter Rams, are still visible until the 7th of June of 2015 in the Museum for Applied Arts in Cologne.
MAKK | Museum for Applied Arts Cologne
System Design: More than 100 years of chaos in everyday life
Exhibition: 01-20 until 2015-06-07