BioMorph - Organic design
from the Vitra Design Museum Collection
Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Weil am Rhein
until 8 January 2012
The exhibition “BioMorph – Organic design from the Vitra Design Museum Collection” presents works by such international designers as Carlo Mollino, Luigi Colani, Gaetano Pesce, Marc Newson and Konstantin Grcic. It illuminates the various facets of organic design and traces how the concept of organicism runs throughout twentieth-century design.
Organic design is commonly associated with soft, flowing forms. Many designers seek models from nature or use organic forms to optimize the construction and ergonomics of their creations. Today the possibilities of new computer imaging techniques inspire designers to experiment with organic forms and structures. At the same time, organic design offers itself as a synonym for sustainable design based on respect for resources and the aesthetic of nature.
With organic design, the exhibition takes up a motif that also plays a central role in the work of Rudolf Steiner. While Steiner regarded organic design as an intellectual exercise, “BioMorph” shows how many other designers have approached the topic in a very different and at times pragmatic manner. Examining the Vitra Design Museum Collection from this new perspective, it becomes clear that nature will continue to provide designers with important inspiration in the years to come.
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