“Werner Aisslinger. Fast Forward” by Volker Albus

“Werner Aisslinger. Fast Forward” by Volker Albus

In his book “Werner Aisslinger. Fast Forward.”, renowned design journalist and professor of product design Volker Albus sheds light on the creative achievements of the German top designer. The book introduces 30 outstanding projects in the areas of product design and architecture. With impressive images, the book shows the typical ways that Aisslinger works, from self-defined experiment to precisely arranged commissioned work. It provides an insight into how Aisslinger succeeds again and again in setting standards in contemporary product design.

Contemporary product design by Werner Aisslinger

When considering contemporary product design, the products of Werner Aisslinger are a constant and in particular successful feature. That’s not just because of his unmistakeable style or distinctive language of form. On the contrary, his trademark is his versatility. He designs avant-garde furniture, creates casing for printers, draws up interiors for hip hotels and develops high-tech cabins for ambulances. In non-commissioned projects, he satisfies his ambitions of creating “real art”, responding to vastly different challenges. For example, he works on the development of a communicating refrigerator, an energy self-sufficient kitchen based on the “kitchen farming” concept with a system of plants and fish in aquariums that ensure cross-fertilisation and irrigation. Or he devotes his time to the conscious control of the growth of plants that knot themselves into a chair-like shape. He always has visions for life in the future on his radar, and he succeeds in filling us with surprise and enthusiasm over and over again. It is his enjoyment of the unknown and his courage in trying out foreign and entirely different design principles that make his work so special. His works win people over with their material and technical, typological and conventional potential.

Chairman

First documents of the Aisslinger Studio in Berlin

The book documents for the first time the studio founded by Werner Aisslinger in Berlin in 1993, which is located close to Berlin’s main station in a former industrial space. Directly opposite lies one of the most renowned museums for contemporary art in Berlin. This area was also once home to a branch of the avant-garde London Haunch of Venison gallery with spectacular exhibitions for a discerning audience. In the good times, this is where all the big names in the industry could be found. Nowadays the studios still offer an unmatched location with lots of space in an evolving neighbourhood. And space is exactly what Werner Aisslinger needs: in an area covering approximately 500 square metres, the studios house boxes, prototypes, models and designs for shelves made from books repurposed to function as side panels and surfaces.

Many of Aisslinger’s works are on permanent exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum New York, the French Fonds National d’Art contemporain, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

Werner Aisslinger, the person

Werner Aisslinger was born in Nördlingen in 1964 and studied at the University of Arts (Hochschule der Künste) in Berlin from 1987 to 1991. He worked for Jasper Morrison, Ron Arad and Studio de Lucchi in Milan all at the same time before opening his own studio in Berlin in 1993. From an early stage, he covered the range of experimental, artistic approaches, including industrial design and architecture. He has always been a proponent of using the latest technologies, and has contributed to bringing new materials and technologies to the world of product design.  His unique designs have earned him awards worldwide, and his “LoftCube” project has become one of the most talked-about modular and transportable living unit projects in recent years.

Many of Aisslinger’s works are on permanent exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum New York, the French Fonds National d’Art contemporain, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

av edition publisher

Werner Aisslinger Fast Forward by Volker Albus
The book “Werner Aisslinger. Fast Forward.” by Volker Albus was published by av edition in 2010. av edition GmbH is a publisher founded in 1992 that specialises in architecture and design. Since 2014, the publisher is owned by Bettina Klett, Norbert W. Daldrop and Dr. Petra Kiedaisch and has its headquarters in Stuttgart.
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Posted on 21.06.2017

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