The Berlin Kunstgewerbemuseum is turning 150, and the International Design Centre Berlin is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To mark these events, these two institutions are launching Design Views, a joint series of exhibitions and events. Design Views showcases current developments in design and creates a public space for networking, exchanging ideas and public discussion in Berlin. For each instalment, a young, Berlin-based design studio will present one of their projects over three weeks. The exhibitions rotate on a monthly basis, with the openings taking place on the last Wednesday of the month.
Bazaar is a concept for a network of tableware items which brings together industrial design, artisanal handicrafts and digital culture under the motto of slow manufacturing. Starting out from three basic porcelain objects – plate, bowl and cup – a digital application allows variations and hybrids of these replicable products to be generated. This allows future users to have a direct influence on the form and material of the objects, before they then approach an artisan from the Bazaar network to fabricate their individually designed objects. The various objects then come together on the table, and through their shared formal language they produce a collective, heterogeneous, yet individual image.
The project Bazaar was conceived by the Berlin design studio SHAPES iN PLAY. The project is indicative of their work at the intersections of industrial design, technology and artisanal handicraft. Since 2011, designers Johanna Spath and Johannes Tsopanides have been building bridges between the analogue and the digital through their projects, in the form of industrial products, experimental projects and digital concepts in the field of generative design.