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Hamburg Showcases "No Name Design"

A current exhibition in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg brings into focus the shape of everyday items

Jack-knives, scissors, gloves and measuring instruments are items of daily use that make life easier but don’t receive much attention from their users. The Swiss product designer and teacher Franco Clivio (b. 1942) has collected them ‒ some 1,000 objects, for the most part small in scale, which the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) will present in an exhibition starting on 11 December 2015.

An Hommage to Anonymous Everyday Design

What these articles have in common is clever form and functionality based on unusual ideas and designs. In the majority of cases it is not known who invented or designed them; they belong to the category of anonymous everyday design and are not part of the officially celebrated design culture. “No-Name Design” is a declaration of love to these inconspicuous objects, to their intelligent designs and the – usually concealed – technical ingenuity that surprises and amazes us when we take a closer look.

Curiosity Cabinet of All Good and Eternal

The exhibition is a kind of chamber of curiosities of product design with encyclopaedic character. It shows what constitutes good, timeless design. The items included fill thirty display cases meticulously arranged by the photographer Hans Hansen. In twenty-nine chapters, Franco Clivio tells the stories behind the objects. Forty photo sequences illustrate how the various apparatuses and gadgets work in detail.

A film portrait introduces the designer Franco Clivio and his “way of looking at things”. Deep affection for the commonplace, apparently ‘undesigned’ object suitable for daily use accompanies Clivio in his role as an academy teacher and a design practitioner in the employ of such companies as ERCO, FSB, Lamy, Gardena, Rodenstock or Siemens. The exhibition is being made possible with kind support from the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia, burkhardt leitner modular spaces and the Sarah Maier collection.

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About designexport

In the German design capital, some 14,000 designers work as a lone wolf, in design offices, in international agency networks, and local design companies. In order to strengthen the creative sector, the design centre designxport was opened as central point of contact, showcase, and meeting place of the industry at the Elbarkaden of HafenCity Hamburg.

designxport co-operates with institutions, universities, projects and initiatives and is the central contact for designers, companies and media of the sector. Operating at the interface of culture, science, technology and economy, designxport’s activities range from networking to consultancy and promotion. designxport initiates contacts and promotes exchanges with colleagues from Germany and abroad.

designxport is a project of designxport e.V. and is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

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