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Robert Franken to Speak at the iGDA Awards Ceremony

We are thrilled to announce that Robert Franken will be speaking at the awards ceremony for the international Gender Design Award /iGDA, taking place on 8 November 2018 at the Cologne Museum of Applied Arts. Robert Franken is a consultant who helps businesses with issues related to positioning, strategy and digital transformation. He is very passionate about diversity and gender equality and, among other things, he has founded the Male Feminists Europe platform. He is a member of the advisory board of PANDA, the competition for female executives, and he is one of four honorary ambassadors for He For She Germany. Press contact: Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes,

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Grand Basel – September 6-9, 2018

“Grand Basel in Basel is the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces that showcases top-of-the-range automobiles from the past, present and future. Our inaugural Basel edition 2018 leads the way for upcoming shows in North America and Asia.” Michael Erlhoff is an Honorary Member of the Advisory Board Grand Basel and will be in Basel for the duration of the show where he will also give a talk on September 6 (time tba).

NERD2GO Conference, 15 & 16 June 2018, HAWK Hildesheim, Germany

The Second Conference on New Experimental Research in Design HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts | Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen Faculty of Design | Renatastrasse 11 | 31134 Hildesheim, Germany Building A, Room E04 (Auditorium) 15 + 16 June, 2018, 11 a.m. After the overwhelming success of the first NERD conference, held last year at HBK Braunschweig, the second conference will take place in June (15 & 16) in Hildesheim, Germany: We want to present and discuss the quality, significance and versatility of young design research. This is important for the development of our societies, of research and of business and for a better understanding of what design research actually is and does, as well as for the unfolding of new prospects. Young design researchers from different countries will present their mind-broadening and pioneering work. Each presentation will take 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. The conference is open (and free) to the public at large: everyone is warmly invited to participate. We would, however, kindly ask you to register only if you are able …

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4:3 – Fifty Years of Italian and German Design

An Exhibition at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany June to November 2000 In 1988, the then-director of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany asked Michael Erlhoff to develop a concept for a large design exhibition. At that time, the Bundeskunsthalle, as the institution is usually referred to, still had significant financial resources to realise such projects. Michael decided to plan and implement a comprehensive exhibition on the two most significant cultural contexts of design after 1950: Italy and Germany. Some people from both the Italian and German design scene fervently criticised this idea immediately because the Italian side thought this was just to demonstrate the supremacy of German design and the German side suspected the exact opposite. For the exhibition architecture, Michael got on board Zamp Kelp and Volker Albus. He also developed a concept whereby the individual designers or design studios were given an ‘island’, or, in other words, a stand-alone platform within the very large exhibition hall (the islands came in different …

Rubber Cup Competition 1998

The Rubber Cup goes back to Richard Sapper, then-professor at the Stuttgart Academy of Art: students from all universities were invited to participate in this race on the condition that their vehicles were powered by nothing but 20g of rubber. This usually resulted in rather big vehicles as the tension of the rubber was supposed to generate the speed of movement so that the vehicles would either be rather fast or would run over a long period of time. The Köln International School of Design (KISD) also set up a project to participate in the race. After many attempts to power the vehicle through the tension of the rubber, a totally different concept was developed: the rubber was cut into small pieces, set on fire and the heat of combustion was used to power a very small vehicle. The KISD vehicle won the race against many competitors because it was clearly the fastest.    

World Design Expo, Nagoya 1988

World Design Expo, Nagoya, Japan, 1988

In 1988, the first World Design Expo (the only one in this particular form) took place in the Japanese city of Nagoya (‘Toyota City’). After some discussions with the Japanese organisers, Michael Erlhoff (at that time CEO of the German Design Council), decided to conceptualise and implement the exhibition of German design in the ‘International Pavilion’. German companies were invited to present products selected by the German Design Council (and to finance the exhibition). Zamp Kelp was responsible for the exhibition architecture and Wolfgang Laubersheimer developed the design of the display system. Together, they designed the 300 square metres of floor space in such a way that the (real product) exhibits appeared as if they were shown on screens or, regarding the cars from the major German brands, as if they were speeding through the screens and into the real space. This was accompanied by a special sound design: for half an hour, one could hear sounds from German highways (Autobahn) and for another 30 minutes sounds from German forests. The soundscape was very subtle, …