June 2017 – OBJEKT©International brings out issue 77

Italy is a country of ongoing inspiration: fashion, interior design, super cars, yachts – alongside Italian cuisine – are veritable magnets for hordes of aficionados. Take the 2017 Venice Biennale, where modern art and ancient architecture make for a unique symbiosis. Not to mention the great design event that is held every spring in Milan. The Salone del Mobile and the Milan Design Week offer an avalanche of interior design that is unsurpassed in the world.

If you can manage to see the wood for the trees, you can promote yourself to a true authority. However, you may also wonder to what extent design can touch the human soul, and what characterizes good and effective design.

OBJEKT©International asked the celebrated designer Marcel Wanders for his views. “Great design has a sense of quality and a cultural meaning. It is more than a commodity. For me it is important to make things more durable, so as they get older they become better. I try to make things that are not only new, but are imbedded in time. Things that elevate life. That, for me, is great design.”

So it is about more than beauty. Or, as Mies van der Rohe once said:

“What finally is beauty? Certainly nothing that can be calculated or measured. It is always something imponderable, something that lies between things.”

Milan is not the only design magnet. New York is also at the top design league. That is where OBJEKT USA-CANADA and OBJEKT©International presented their latest editions, at the National Arts Club in the heart of New York City. It was a highly successful party, attended by major players in the worlds of architecture and design.

The videos of interviews and great events made by Alaïa Fonk form a new element, created for our website and other social media channels.

OBJEKT©International was also present in Reggio Emilia when 54 Italian master chefs and 20 Italian actors held a soccer match for charity. It was great fun. Or, to quote Charles Eames:

‘Who is to say that pleasure is useless?’

Hans Fonk.