HAPPY PLACES FOR HEROES
In the late 1920s, Albert Einstein, celebrated physicist, was presented by the mayor of Berlin with a lakeside plot for his services to science. Einstein was known to be fond of spending his Saturdays sailing on the Wannsee.
When the news of this hit the newspapers, Einstein had declared a preference for wooden architecture. A young industrial architect named Konrad Wachsmann got it touch with Einstein, as he had been working with a factory in Saxony which was pioneering early prefabricated architecture.
Wachsmann felt he could get a man...
LINES AND SQUARES
Josef Hoffmann is a bridge between the world of the Belle Epoque and international Modernism. He studied with Otto Wagner and created dreamy vernacularist works like the Hohe Warte outside Vienna in 1905.
However, while working on these designs, he was also concieving the Sanitorium Punkersdorf, also outside Vienna, begun just one year later in 1906.
Fans of architectural history will see why Le Corbusier and Gio Ponti cite Hoffmann as an important early influence.
What is important to us about Hoffmann is how he embodies both continuity...
Wir bewundern Brancusi wegen seiner Beziehung zur Volkskunst. Er ließ sich von fundamentalen Formen und Erlebnissen inspirieren und wir denken an ihn, wenn wir uns daran erinnern müssen. Unsere KUGEL in einem Quader ist eine Hommage an in.
This 20th Century Irish artist's illustrations in the Táin are the best illustrations of a human swarm that we know.
BRAVE GEOMETRIES GO FROM ADVERTISING TO FINE ART
After a childhood disrupted by WWII, Riley tried out several different professions – she flourished in advertising in the London of the 1950s and 60s.
However, an intuition for bold geometric statements left her restless, wanting to say more than she could for adverts. Influenced by seeing the shockingly abstract expressionist work of Jackson Pollock among others, she began placing her own geometries in an art context.
Her belief in the aesthetic power of what others might have dismissed as an optical illusion or...
GERMAN AUTHOR RETREATS TO THE MAGICAL SCHORFHEIDE LANDSCAPE
Hans Fallada was a German writer who lived a brave, troubled life. When it became clear that his observations of life under fascism would get him into trouble, his English publisher sent a private boat for him.
However, he couldn't bring himself to leave his beloved home in Carwitz, about 90 minutes north of Berlin in a unique ice-age landscape known as the 'Schorfheide'.
The Fallada house is a real gem, fitting squarely into our series 'Homes for Heroes'. We have been looking at the homes of great thinkers....
ARTIST THAT INSPIRED THE FUNDAMENTAL LOGO & MUCH MORE
Revolutionary femme fatale Anni Albers was raised in Berlin. Learning and teaching at the Bauhaus and later inspiring the students at Black Mountain College she moved textile artistry to a new level, combining traditional and industrial techniques to form timeless and beautiful objects.