Create Berlin goes London

18.09.2008 - 21.09.2008

During the London Design Festival 2008 Berlin occupies a special place in the British capital. In cooperation with Berlin Partner GmbH, the design initiative CREATE BERLIN presents twenty interdisciplinary projects about the topic "Berlin: 20 Years of the Creative Metropolis" in commemoration of the upcoming 20-year anniversary Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The exhibition takes place at the Dray Walk Gallery on the premises of the Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, East London, E1 6 QL - showcasing ideas, concepts and projects reflecting the state of creativity in the German capital.On display are works by:

  • Coordination (Interior) + (Fotografie)
  • :: dan pearlman (Marken ID) + Arsmatho (Kunst)
  • ett la benn (Produkt) + Kvadrat (Textilhersteller)
  • Heike Buchfelder (Design) und Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag (art&composition)
  • Susanne Philippson (Produkt) + Peter Ibruegger (Grafik)
  • llot llov (Produkt) + Lala Berlin (Fashion)
  • (Produkt) + Linda Kostowski (Fashion)
  • Schalalala (Concept/ Interface) + Horst Schulz (Knitting)
  • MAGMA Brand Design (Grafik) + xplicit Berlin (Grafik)
  • Josephine Rank (Grafik) + mijuly & ca (Kommunikationsdesign)
  • Alexander Kaszubiak (Krebsforschung) + Helge-Christian Schmidt (Fashion)
  • Tina Roeder Studio (Produkt) + David Krings (Keramik)
  • ART+COM (New Media) + büro+staubach (Produkt)
  • Design Reaktor Berlin
  • eer (Media Art) + Sebastian Pelz (Literatur)
  • c.neeon (Fashion) + (Kommunikation + Design)
  • MetaDesign (New Media/ Grafikdesign) + Pixelpark AG (New Media)
  • KEX Spitzenkultur (Fashion) + Zeitgeist Toys (Kunst)
  • SSD Team (Medizin, Kommunikation, Interior, Fashion, Sound)
  • make-do (Architektur) + Âme Soeur by Taschén ( Fashion)

The project-based works examplify the diversity of the German creative capital: The project "Off Limits" by Magma Design and xplicit – an accessible image cube – addresses the up-to-dateness of the topic "walls". COORDINATION and developed a mirrored sculpture called "CRYSTAL CITY MIND," which travelled along the former path of the Berlin Wall in a photo-series. Josephine Rank and mijuly & ca are contributing the so-called "Berlin Guest Beds" to the exhibition, which open up a variety of interpretive possibilities. llot llov and Lala Berlin projected the "division of space" theme onto a number of objects (lampshades), which, by means of an additional element (rope), evolved into something totally unique - an aesthetic and functioning lamp sculpture. The project of Tina Roeder and David Krings reflects the history of Berlin in the 21st Century. They designed icons for a modern Berlin, which are represented by a collection of detail-rich, cardboard-constructed models.

The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, personally introduced the exhibition on the opening event.
"Following New York last year, now we’re showing in London the best sides of our Berlin as a pulsating and creative city," says Wowereit. "I'm really looking forward to this exciting project!" René Gurka, CEO of Berlin Partner GmbH adds: "After 'Berlin Day in New York' and the exhibition 'Made in Berlin' in Milan, CREATE BERLIN GOES LONDON is the third collaborative project between CREATE BERLIN and Berlin Partner GmbH for promoting Berlin design internationally. Creativity and location marketing come together here in an ideal way."

Whoever wants to take a part of Berlin home with them will discover top class design objects and souvenirs by Berlin designers in the associated CREATE BERLIN Shop outside the Dray Walk Gallery. And beyond the timeframe of the CREATE BERLIN GOES LONDON exhibition, a part of Berlin will remain in London: from September until the end of 2008, Tate Modern is offering top quality design objects by Berlin designers for sale in its own design shop.

Exhibition Design: Martina Zeyen