Vienna’s design studio breadedEscalope (bE), run by Sascha Mikel, Martin Schnabl and Michael Tatschl has a history of challenging the system, or rather, improving upon faulty yet well established systems in our day to day lives. Their design philosophy integrates strategies of social sustainability with the idea that objects and environments should facilitate interaction and add convenience to the lives of users.
Femme Maison is a Vienna based brand founded in 2009 by Franziska Fürpass (1983, Austria) and George Bezhanishvili (1984, Georgia). George eventually dropped out, but Franziska pushed through by expanding and reinventing her label whilst studying at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Karin Neuhold, founder of the Vienna based concept store Sterngasse 4, takes us through what it takes to follow one’s dreams and make them a reality. Sterngasse 4 combines high-end fashion labels with a careful selection of accessories, jewels, and even books.
The name Private Collection alone conjures up all sorts of ideas of privileged and intimate access to things that, on any normal day, we might not even know exist. It’s not just the private part, but also the idea of collection; whatever group of things we encounter was brought together by someone, and being privy to that selection will undoubtedly shine a light of reflection onto the collector. In the case of this exhibition at Vienna’s Krobath Gallery by Czech artist Dominik Lang, son of artist Jiří Lang, the insight and access we’re given does reflect the creator; these reflections, however, also create the work.
The festive season will make nostalgic fools out of most of us, and I reckon even cutting edge minimalists don’t stand a chance in Vienna. And why even resist when the old-world charm is presented with such elegance and proper Austrian poshness? Relax, take it in, and let the smell of fresh coffee, the sound of horses’ hooves on the cobbled streets, the sight of mink coats and hats at every corner — the most stylish of which undoubtedly from White Line Hotels’ Collaborator Mühlbauer Hutmanufaktur — not to mention the Christmas markets and a pre-dinner tipple of Glühwein at the renowned Café Bräunerhof, lull you into submission. Good job there was no snow or we would have become hysterical with pleasure and gratitude.