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Daring the Gap
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Daring the Gap (Hardback)

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Text in English and German. A yawning gap between two 1960s buildings. Not at all unusual in Cologne. A gap between two buildings, 2,56 m wide and 33 m long. Scarcely wide enough to park a few bicycles. This gap has been used as an office by the rendel & spitz advertising agency since early 1999. The architects b&k+ hooked a few concrete floors into the walls of the adjacent buildings, made sure there were stairs and a bit of infrastructure, suspended a glass facade at the front and back -- finished. To give any curious or interested parties an impression of the building, it was cleared out for a week and used by three selected European designers for a comprehensive development on the theme of 'braving the gap'. The traditional disciplines of product, furniture and lighting design were complemented with contributions addressing the other senses: music and perfume. Johanna Grawunder (Milan) devised a light installation leading from a cold area by the entrance to a warm and comfortable rest area at the end of the space. Konstantin Grcic (Munich) filled the whole volume of the space with a pink ball that fitted into it exactly.Visitors had to show that they were prepared to brave the gap by squeezing between this 'puff ball' and the wall to get to the other side of the room.

They were rewarded at the end by reaching the stainless steel fireplace by Timo Salli (Helsinki). The Dusseldorf firm aerome enhanced the installation with a variety of fragrances. Finally, the Hamburg photographer Uli Mattes recorded the whole project and provided his own interpretation of the work.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureArchitectural structure & designArchitecture & DesignArchitectureReference & Theory of architecture Publisher: Edition Axel Menges Publication Date: 20/12/2001 ISBN-13: 9783932565229  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Martin Rendel studied product design in Darmstadt. He has had his own studio since 1995, first in Hamburg, then in Paris. He has prepared designs for clients including L'Oreal, Yves Saint-Laurent and Gucci. He has worked jointly on projects with Rene Spitz since 1998. Spitz studied German, communications and history in Munich and Cologne. He has worked in advertising since 1988, first as a partner in the Munich agency Oesterle, Spitz & Jaeger, then as a free-lance. He was awarded the "Roter Punkt" for high-quality design in 1991. He has published work on themes relating to design history, and reports on the radio and in the specialist press on current events on the design scene.

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