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Die Essenz der Dinge

Design and the Art of Reduction

Stacked Eames

In these times of crisis, are we going to cut back on materials and go for products with a longer life expectancy? Or is modern design by nature equal to efficiency?

The exhibition "The art of reduction" is returning to the basics. Or rather: to the kind of design that illustrates the "art of reduction". After all, simplification is not only a governing principle in the history of the design world, but during practically any rocky economic period it has always come to the fore with a vengeance.

The exhibition is looking for the explanation behind the rational design logic in aspects such as the production process, spatial limitations or aesthetic trends.
Design icons from le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld to Eero Saarinen are set against similar figures from, for instance, the worlds of fashion, food design and art.

An exhibition by Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein