Berlin has some pretty amazing buildings, some pretty out there ideas have come to life, some I would bet my eye teeth on not being created anywhere else in Germany, let alone the world. Once again Berlin wins for otherworldly weirdness.
SF took a little trip out of Berlin recently and decamped to Southern Germany, and to Frankfurt, a city which is known as the financial centre of Germany, we took in the Schrin Gallery for a little bit of German Pop Art action.
Pop Art, everyone likes it, everyone is familiar with it and it is probably one of the least offensive forms you are likely to find. It is always laced with a kind of humour, it feels comfortable for all walks of life to appreciate. The use of everyday well known brands, images and icons makes the experience more inclusive for the viewer and less elitist, well that’s what SF reckons.
Germany in the Pop Art era, an interesting time, known as the swinging 60’s in some places, German’s were still living somewhat under the cloud of ‘that’ war but also Berlin was divided with different nations claiming their piece of the city. One area that was growing was a Pop Art movement and this exhibition gives us a small insight into some of the work from that period, combining film, sculpture, painting and movement, the curation by Martina Weinhart is a delightful myriad of colours and forms.
Here are a few of our most favourite pictures from the exhibition…..
The Berlin train system is top drawer, it is on time, it is not busy, it is clean, it doesn’t seem to get as crazy hot as in London or New York and the buskers are pretty good, comparatively.
The best thing is not actually a part of the moving object we call a train. It is actually the station themselves, they are a beautiful tiled throwbacks, featuring a myriad of colours, fonts, designs and sizes, every station is different and everyone is a work of art in its own right. Some of the stations even feature old black and white photos of the surrounding streets in their former glory.
SF has picked out a few to share, there are many more weird, wonderful and beautiful ones we will post in the coming weeks with some more info. For now… feast your eyes on these….
Nike, the king of trainers in the humble SF opinion, obvs Adidas gets a honourable mention.
HIT – Simple, classic, fit
HIT….. just. It has fluro soles
MISS – WTF? This time you just got it wrong your Airness
THE JURY IS OUT – ?!?!?!
HIT – A classic with summer colour
HIT – The top draw, number one, tennis style, velcro summer kick.
All spotted on HypeBeast
As a little person there is one thing that every child, no matter their age, intelligence, social class, sex or even how dull they are, they will find joy in Lego. Little plastic bricks that can be fashioned into houses, robots, cars, people, animals, airports, roads, weapons etc etc. And when you grow up…. real life bridges. How many designers and architects have been inspired by these little blocks?
SF loves this because it is lego inspired, but is much more that a eye catching design. It is designed for fun with the smooth tracks for cycling, boarding or skating, plus the stairs up and down work those glutes but also the wave allows for different perspectives as you make your way across. Design should work on many levels and this does. So this is not only necessary as it looks good but works the mind, the body and the senses.
This bridge by Michael Jantzen has not been built yet but I think it would work very well in Hackney. I’ll make a suggestion to the council post haste
Time to fess up, for a self confessed trainer freak, SF has one particular type which while seminal and of it’s time, brings nothing but a nauseous Lynx Africa enthused, overly baggy, Kappa-slapper almost Spliffy cold sweat. The Reebok Classic
That was until now.
Look at this bona-fide beauty of a trainer, it does not look like like a classic that would be worn by a football hooligan, bird shagging, stella drinking geezer called Tel.
It is not in leather, it is a sort of suede material in navy blue and exclusively designed in collaboration with European sneaker mainstay Sneaker n Stuff in Stockholm. This makes up a part of the Reebok Certified Network for the 30th anniversary of the much maligned but sometimes loved Reebok Classic. Available through only 17 stockists across the globe.
SF is having a re-evaluation
It is an addiction, simply put, there is no good reason for so many, yeah they are pretty, sure some of them even work, some of them work but are not set correctly, some are literally a bracelet masquerading as a watch. But each and everyone looks pretty damn good in my humble opinion.
The sheer scale of his collections often make the work impressive, in this collection at the respected Lisson Gallery is not so much about the size but the form and the perception created using different shapes, density and colour tones. The senses are hightened by the distortion of the shapes, meaning that your eyes are tricked into misjudging depth, the tunnel balls outside reverberate you voice so it feels as if it is coming from behind you
This exhibition is only on for one month until November 10th, a short a sweet run indeed.
With the recent small PE day the our fair city hosted it was only right that the museum took note and put on a little sporty aesthetic thingy together. Designed to Win covers the machinery, the clothing, the records and the athletes involved. Brits have become cycling obsessed since the TdF and the Lympics and there are some examples of the amazing machinery used. Plus some old school bikes from by gone years.
The exhibition touches on the brands involved with making big time sport and also features pieces from McCartney, Yamamoto, House of Holland and Hussein Chalayan.
On the second floor you have the Digital Crystal with Swarovski working with a variety of artists, illustrators, designers et al to create a myriad of amazing crystal installations. Then the resident room has a variety of new up and coming talent displaying their wares.
My particular favourite from Yuri Suzuki in collaboration with Masahiko Shindo using one of the most iconic pieces in British design history to create a wireless radio.