Bell Mag No. 2 - blue 7
06.05.2008 - 27.06.2008

Bell Vol. 2 and bell box; from May 16 - June 27, 2008 presented by CREATE BERLIN

The second issue of Bell Magazine titled “blue 7” will be released on May 5, 2008, as a limited edition collector box with contributions created especially around the theme “blue 7.” The exclusive box was created in cooperation with bell and CREATE BERLIN, the initiative for Berlin creativity and design.

In its second issue, Bell Magazine and the Bell Box focus conceptually on the "blue-seven” phenomenon." Since the 70s, it's been a known fact that when people are asked about their favourite colour and number, the majority will list the colour “blue” and the number "7." Bell Vol 2. investigates this mass cultural phenomenon of ours while simultaneously raising standards of beauty and design.

Featuring theoretical contributions as well as design and art objects, the creative contributors take on such questions of our time: Is it desirable to create art or design that appeals to a large audience? Should art and design cater to an audience or provoke them? Does one, as a designer or artist, use his or her own insight to appeal to mass taste, or does oen seek to change this taste through creativity alone?

In interpreting these questions, bell gave the artists, designers, architects and theoreticians free creative reign to explore. By itself, the title "blue 7"” compels designers to develop the creative objects and artistic contributions according to their individual visions and to take up positions in relation to their work in the interviews featured in the accompanying Bell Magazine.

The diverse nature of the box has been shaped by artists and designers and features a special musician-designed music box by FS Blumm (Morr Music), jewelry made from purple rubber by product designer Ursula Bonderer, as well as a poster created by street-artist Nomad. Designer Andrea Pößnicker has also produced for the box an extravagant currency for consumers with an affinity for design.

Addressing theoretically the theme "blue 7"” lies with Design Professor Charly Frech (founder of Next At), philosopher Jörg Schäfer and Inga Wellmann (Einstein Forum), who take up their positions on the mass phenomenon in either a very personal manner or in the form of an objective analysis.

The release of Bell Vol. 2 will also be accompanied by an exhibition at the CREATE BERLIN Showroom from May 15 - June 27, 2008. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the presentation, creative curiosity and a passion for collecting is likely to be rediscovered. During the opening celebration, artists and designers will present their ideas in person.

With "blue 7," Bell and CREATE BERLIN present an extraordinary overall concept and unparalleled critical showing of art & design!

Facts and Details
Release date and opening reception at the CREATE BERLIN Showroom | May 16.2008
Box dimensions | 26 x 18 x 9 cm
Magazine | 64 pages (optional 80 pages)
Price | 80 Euro
Edition | 500 copies

Pre-order available at:
www.bell-mag.com
www.create-berlin.de

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Designers from Finland
04.04.2008 - 04.05.2008

CREATE BERLIN presents award winner designers from Finland

The Finnish Design Association presents the award-winning Finnish designers and artists from the 2007 annual Finnish Designers Exhibition.

The award-winning designers and artists of 2007 will be presented by HelsinKissBerlin in the showroom of CREATE BERLIN, the initiative for Berlin creativity and design, from April 4th – May 4th 2008, from 10:00am to 6:00pm, as well as on the weekends from noon to 6:00pm.
The Finnish Designers Exhibition ’07 opens on April 4th, 2008, at 8:00pm at CREATE BERLIN, Wallstrasse 16, 10179 Berlin. Welcome!


Graphic Designer 2007: dog design. Ilona Ilottu, Petri Samela and Eeva Sivula

Ilona Ilottu, Petri Salmela und Eeva Sivula, together known as the graphic design group dog design, have been known throughout Finland for 15 years via their work in Visual Communication. The clear and innovative lines of dog design’s work delight viewers through the outstanding quality of their various visual projects, from the stamps and book covers to the look of the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki 2007. dog design puts emphasis on the function of their products, without ever neglecting the application of exceptional aesthetics and design as well. dog design has been a vital asset to the value and progression of Finnish design.


Fashion Designer 2007: Anna-Kaisa Huttunen

The Fashion Designer Anna-Kaisa Huttunen is back in Finland after spending several years abroad. Her specialty is the rapidly expanding field of Occupational Outfitting, with emphasis on entrepreneurs. Her projects are international, with Paris acting as her fulcrum for over ten years. Anna-Kaisa Huttunens works currently with the Finnish airline Finnair, incorporating ideas from both France and Lebanon. Huttunen also spent years teaching Fashion Design at the Esmod School in Lebanon, as well as in China. Huttunen exerts an ever-growing influence on the design scene via her unique creative techniques on both Finland and the world abroad.


Industrial Designer 2007: Matti Makkonen

When one thinks of Industrial Designer Matti Makkonen, the first thing that comes to mind is innovation. For over 30 years, he has been engaged with a plethora of exceedingly different design projects: from the tiniest pipettes, to industrial machines, to ocean liners. Not to mention the fact that the Finnish mobile phone “Mobira Cityman” bears his signature. His integrated approach stands for ergonomics and practical adaptability, and is made possibly through the unprecedented creativity and productivity of his team of engineers and colleagues. Makkonen objects are clearly identified via their durability and coherent designs. Matti Makkonen is the leading partner of Ed-Design, the Turkey-based Design Initiative.


Furniture Designer 2007: Antti Kotilainen

The Furniture Designer Antti Kotilainen has applied herself to several multifaceted projects, from complete and elaborate fixtures in public schools to arrangements in several different interior decoration projects from Formel-I-Rennstrecken. Antti Kotilainen puts special emphasis on raising the level of comfort and well-being in public places. She and her products find themselves currently engaged in a team effort with renounced firms of the furniture industry, such as Piiroinen, who has existed as an intensive contact for 7 years. Also, the firm known in professional circles as “Chip-Stuhl” reflects the clear concept design of Antti Kotilainen especially well, and is a fundamental element of her legend of achievement.


Textile Designer 2007: Niran Baibulat

Niran Baibulat’s textile design is known through a special connection to natural appearance. Through her numerous fields of application, she demonstrates pronounced flexibility. Next to her textile technology, Baibulat applies traditional methods and procedures. The creative assembly process with crochet hooks, needles, thread, and buttons is possible at all times and places. The special material assortments, joined with her original humor, are the tokens and identification of Niran Baibulas’s art.


Glass Art 2007: Lasisirkus. Alma Jantunen und Johannes Rantasalo

The glass blowers Alma Jantunen and Johannes Rantasalo work functionally as well as artistically. Their projects and work represent their wide interests as well as the breadth of their capability. The two artists devote themselves to the artistic deployment of their own measures: Jantunen with artistic objects that radiate with glowing colours, and Rantasalo with multifaceted creations, recognizable through his composed and calm humour. Yes, both take on the demand of high quality as well as a very wide spectrum of production. In 1999, Jantunen and Rantasalo named the project Lasisirkus—Finnish for Glass Circus. Lasisirkus belongs to a Nuutajärvi-team of roughly fifteen glass blowers, all of which who split the same means of production, and who sell and exhibit the objects in their own gallery. The brightly-coloured and humorous glass objects and works from Lasisirkus are worth seeing—from the conception all the way to the finished product.


Grafia is the professional association of graphic designers in Finland and was founded in 1933. Grafia has set itself to the goal of strengthening Graphic Design, and to supervise the professional, legal and economical interests of those taking part. The roughly 800 members of Grafia are active in several different disciplines of Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Marketing Communication, Digital Design, and Illustration, as well as the research and study of Graphic Design.


The association of Finnish designers Ornamo was founded in the year 1911. Ornamo is ideally and professionally anxious to convey the creations of its members. The roughly 1600 members comprise of Interior Designers, Industrial Designers, Interface Designers, Fashion and Textile Designers, and artists from the commercial art and material-oriented fields.
More Information:

The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo:
Secretary General Lena Strömberg, +358-9-68777477, +358-40-5057988, lena.stromberg@ornamo.fi
www.ornamo.fi
Grafia Association of Professional Graphic Designers in Finland:
Communications Officer Katja Ojala, katja.ojala@grafia.fi, +358-9-601942, +358-40-8473 875
www.grafia.fi

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Create Berlin Showroom im Postfuhramt
31.01.2007 - 19.10.2007

The first CREATE BERLIN Showroom at Postfuhramt Berlin opened on January 31st, 2007.

January 31st to March 2nd, 2007
Martini, Meyer present examples of their creativity from the last seven years. They have worked with such clients as DaimlerChrysler, das Werk, MTV Central and Elmar Flötotto. Their projects range from Interior and Product design to Communication and New Media.



April 20 – May 8, 2007
London’s and Berlin’s first street fashion blogs come together in Berlin for the opening of an exhibition of their work titled “Catwalk takes to the Streets”. The exhibition is accompanied by a Bloggers Meetup.
Produced in partnership with No.mad Agency.
http://stilinberlin.blogspot.com
www.TheStyleScout.co.uk
www.nomadagency.biz

12. - 30. Mai 2007
dan pearlman

8. - 29. Juni 2007
Outdoor Visions
With technical innovations, visionary forms, and brand new functions for outdoor lighting, what can be done to improve the illumination of our streets, plazas, and parks? This exhibition shows conceptual design for outdoor city lighting that the students of the University of Art in Industrial Design in Winter semester 06/07 will discover.
The se’lux Design Competition is a cooperative effort between the UdK Berlin and the Semperlux AG. The supervision is carried out by Professor Holger Neumann and Guest Professor Dr. Sabine Röck.

10. - 22. Juli 2007
Behind the Fashion Label POIL stand Thomas Peupelmann and Lotta Saas. The men’s label was founded in 2005. Since then, two collections of exclusive accessories have been produced per year. The collections are compositions of individualism and timeless design, displayed through their high standards of clarity and mobility. POIL’s team puts absolute priority in their high-quality guarantee.
The current collection ‘MAN LIFTER’ is dedicated to the daring adventures of the pioneers of flight, such as Sir Francis Cody, Louis Bleriot, and Charles Hamilton.

7. September 2007
Communicate: Kotoba
screenprinted artists books from japan and germany
CREATE BERLIN presents, within the Asia-Pacific weeks, Graphic designs from Japan and Germany.
The works of artists Mugi Takei, Ikuyo Tsukiyama and Mitsugi Sato (gallery itohen, Japan), as well as the images created by their German counterparts Tiziana Jill Beck, Off und Ida Wilde (Berlin) will be showcased.
The poetical and elegant graphics are very typical for Japanese poster art, and are seen as an established platform and own medium in the graphics and design art.

2. - 19. October 2007
CREATE BERLIN presents Valentin Fastabend
The project „berlin night sights” is composed of a series of video stills which exhibit daily experiences in Germany’s capital city. Various film effects are utilized to provide the viewer with several different impressions of the same area. The artists superimpose the images into a panorama, creating almost dreamlike interpretations of otherwise routine locations. The finished result is unlike any other Berlin experience, and leaves the viewers with plenty of room for their own interpretations.
The film works with images in motion. The viewers are pulled into the world of the film; each new image replaces the last before a chance for distraction presents itself. The time one spends on each frame is dictated by the technical apertures, making certain that lingering contemplation is made impossible. The experience of the city is driven by the dreamscapes presented, while the fast-paced tempo is dictated by the film itself. The viewer has no choice but to fully commit to the experience of the piece.
The series “berlin night sights” documents the choppy makeup of the city scenery, with every minute filled with more material of brief locations. The impression left is not so much that of photography and landscapes-- this piece is not a single moment to savour—but of time spans. Therefore, the resulting city panorama gives the location a strange new aesthetic.
The artist and filmmaker Valentin Fastabend was born in 1972 in Detmold/Westfalen. Since the mid-1990s, he has lived and worked in Berlin. After having studied Film Studies and Philosophy, he currently works as a director and digital artist for feature films and advertisements. Since 2004 he has presented his work in several galleries throughout Berlin.

Berlin Day in New York
17.05.2007

Berlin in New York - From May, 10 2007 till November 2007, over 80 products of 20 Berlin Designers were sold in the MoMa Design Store. "Destination: Berlin" was the biggest sales exhibition of its kind in the MoMa Design Store. As highlight of the BERLIN DAY in New York, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, will open the exhibition “Suitcases from Berlin” on May 17.


BERLIN DESIGN GOES MOMA NEW YORK
MoMA takes Design from Europe’s No. 1 Creative Metropolis to New York. On recommendation by KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin (www.kw-berlin.de) and CREATE BERLIN, initiative for Berlin Designers, (www.create-berlin.de) more than 80 products by over 20 Berlin Designers including Marlies von Soden, Roomsafari, Adam and Harborth as well as Bless will be sold in the MoMA Design Stores from May 10 until November 2007. With “Destination: Berlin"”, MoMA is presenting the biggest sales exhibition of this kind in its Design Stores and directs international focus towards Berlin as the first European city awarded the title “City of Design"” by UNESCO. In celebration of the official opening of “Destination: Berlin”" on May 17th, CREATE BERLIN and Berlin Partner GmbH, business development and city marketing agency, are organizing the BERLIN DAY.

GET READY FOR THE EINZIGARTIG (UNIQUE) BERLIN DAY IN NEW YORK
Ambassadors of the Creative Industries and the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, represent the creative metropolis at the BERLIN DAY in New York on May 17, 2007.– On that day, New York will only talk about one topic: Creativity from Berlin. The BERLIN DAY is initiated by CREATE BERLIN in cooperation with Berlin Partner GmbH to boost and promote the international reputation of Berlin as a business and creative location. 30 ambassadors of Berlin’s creative sector will travel to New York for the BERLIN DAY. Important points on the agenda of the delegation from Berlin will be the opening of the exhibition “Koffer aus Berlin”" (Suitcase from Berlin), which was initiated and curated by CREATE BERLIN, and the visit of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit to the MoMA Design Store followed by the Berlin Party.
A business dinner with select New York guests is especially aimed at a linking of important multipliers within the creative industries of both cities. Berlin Partner hosts the event in the MoMA Restaurant The Modern featuring Berlin and New York cuisine presented by star chefs Semmler und Kreuther. This will be the place where the Berlin delegation meets influential multipliers and economic contacts from New York. And at the end of the day, the BERLIN DAY will shape New York’s nightlife: The band Mia will provide Berlin entertainment with a midnight concert – in the true fashion of the German capital.

CREATE BERLIN starts the International Campaign I LOVE BERLIN with the BERLIN DAY.
The BERLIN DAY in New York is the first mission and portrays CREATE BERLIN’s clear commitment to the new campaign I LOVE BERLIN, intended to be the link between world-wide design metropolises and Berlin. The I LOVE BERLIN mascot KOSMO guides visitors through this growing creative jungle of the design metropolises. As an adventure-loving cosmo-/ astronaut based in Berlin, it conquers the creative cities and puts down I LOVE BERLIN flags.


BERLIN CREATIVES ARE PACKING THEIR SUITCASES FOR NEW YORK
New York, May 17, 2007 – One of the BERLIN DAY highlights will be the opening of the exhibition “Koffer aus Berlin"” (Suitcase from Berlin) in the presence of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit. The exhibition that is initiated and curated by CREATE BERLIN features the contents of this suitcase, which was especially designed and packed for this exhibition by Berlin creatives. Just how much creativity fits into a suitcase is demonstrated by talents such as the shootingstars from Berlin’s Architecture scene, Graft, who attracted a lot of attention with their designs for the art gallery on the Berlin Schlossplatz, the castle square; Werner Aisslinger, the only German Designer represented at the MoMA with his own design chair; internationally renowned Berliners include DJ Paul van Dyk, the Illustrator Olaf Hajek and the Gestalten Verlag, Berlin Product Designers like Mykita and Zeha as well as the fashion labels Bless and Kaviar Gauche and the fashion designer Michael Michalsky. With their suitcases the creatives will travel to New York for the kick-off of this exhibition and will not only present their individual Berlin, but also a snapshot and a cross section of creativity from Berlin. The exhibition will be shown in Soho from May 17, 2007.

BUSINESS LOCATION BERLIN – THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY IN NUMBERS
With more than 6,000 companies active in architecture, advertising, design, photography and the fine arts, Berlin is the undisputed design capital of Germany. In the past several years, numerous new ateliers have opened in the city and major corporations such as Volkswagen AG have transferred their design centers to the region in order to profit from the exciting and creative atmosphere. More than 10,000 people work in the design industry in Berlin creating an annual turnover of approximately 1.4 billion euro. Berlin is a city where fashion, media and graphic design engage in an ongoing creative exchange with product and furniture design. This productive synergy is embodied by companies such as Meta Design, Art+Com, Plex and Moniteurs. Therefore in November 2005, Berlin became the first European city to be designated by UNESCO as an official “City of Design”", thus ensuring its membership in an exclusive network of creative cities.

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