The book offers an overview of the original, innovative and qualitative solutions that the traditional textile sector has to offer today. The numerous designs by designers, artists, companies, laboratories and colleges featured in the exhibition give us an insight into how the extensive possibilities and innovative materials of today’s textile sector are being fully exploited. After all, textiles can be found in numerous applications, ranging from clothing, carpets and curtains to bicycles, cars and even the medical sector. Art, science, technology, design and architecture flow effortlessly into one another, reflecting the dynamism of this sector.
Futurotextiles – published at the end of 2008 on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name – is more than just an exhibition catalogue.
The work of self-proclaimed ex-designer Martí Guixé (°1964) can aptly be described as ‘beyond design’. Creating new objects he finds rather ‘superfluous’ and ‘boring’; he prefers to concentrate on ideas, systems and living matter such as food and human behaviour. As a ‘global designer’, Guixé constantly travels back and forth between Berlin and his native Barcelona, analyses situations, rituals and movements and proposes radical solutions with a minimum of ergonomics – simple, immaterial, humorous and often iconoclastic.
Surrealism may be best known as a movement within literature and the fine arts, but the influence of this 20th-century artistic movement in other fields should not be underestimated. Even the world of design and contemporary design does not escape a healthy dose of surreal humour.
Contemporary jewellery design is undoubtedly the result of thousands of years of craftsmanship, tradition and research. Contemporary jewellers still use the same precious metals and gemstones as their predecessors, but continue to experiment with techniques, innovate with new materials and create their own unique concepts.