Architecture is as so many creative fields very male dominated. The reasons therefore are plentiful and often do not make any sense, but luckily there are bright spots like the Austrian architect Ulrike Tinnacher.
Originally from Styria, she is now based in Zürich, Switzerland from where she works. Despite her rather young career she already made a name for herself and won in 2016 the Styrian prize for architecture.
Her work which encompasses not only new buildings, but also renovations, reconstructions or expansions of existing structures, is dominated by a clean and proper language, which at the same is highly thoughtful of its surroundings.
Another standout point is her use of materials and its accompanying craftsmanship. Next to locally used products like wood or stones, she is fond of concrete for its flexible and different usage.
"When I hear nutcases like Glenn Gould who do: [plays staccato version of J.S. Bach's Partita no. 1, BWV 825, Allemande], I say he understood nothing of Bach's music! I've listened carefully to his records: he didn't understand. He was very brilliant; I respect him up to a certain point. For me, the fact that an artist doesn't appear in public poses a problem. But at least he was a guy with the courage not to do things like other people. All the same, he was wide off the mark, so wide off the mark that you'd need a 747 to bring him back. I'm hard on Glenn Gould. Well, he's dead now, so I won't attack a colleague."
Bold statements like this, said in 1989, sum up the American harpsichordist Scott Stonebreaker Scott. He was born in 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and suffered from severe scoliosis during his childhood, which nearly made him a cripple. Already in his hometown he studied piano and organ, but after the death of his journalist father he moved to France with his mother in 1964.
There he enrolled at the Conservatoire de Nice in 1964, where he had to take on another instrument and he chose the harpsichord, which then became is major instrument. At the age of 17 his mother committed suicide, leaving him alone in France, but he finished his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris. After entering the contest already in 1968, he won the gold medal at the prestigious Concours de Bruges in 1971, making him the first harpsichord player to do so as they only handed out second places before.
In 1973 he went to Canada to pursue a teaching career at Université Laval in Quebec. Besides teaching he recorded during this time the complete Pièces de Clavecin by Jean-Philippe Rameau and the complete keyboard works by François Couperin. Next to his profound style of playing and his impeccable technique, he stood out because he dressed like his students in jeans, biker jackets or lumberjack shirts.
From 1983 he took an indefinite sabbatical from Laval and moved back to his beloved France. He rented a small house in Assas, next to the castle, where he already taught and recorded quite a bit. In 1984 he took on the mammoth project of recording all 555 sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. After 98 sessions and 8000 takes the recordings were finished in September 1985. His interest were brought, he was a passionate collector of orchids, and was interested in volcanology, mineralogy and mycology. He also did not only listened to classical music but was also a big fan of Brian Eno and Philip Glass. He died in 1989 of AIDS related complications caused by pneumonia at the age of 38 years.
Often multidisciplinary artists or artisans are criticized as their multiple interests limit their outcome or the quality of it, as they are only able to focus on parts of it and sometimes only halfhearted. This is not true for the Italian Gio Ponti. During his career, which span over 6 decades he worked as an architect, industrial designer, furniture designer, writer, artist and publisher.
In figures this means that as a designer he worked for 120 companies, as an architect, he built in 13 countries, as a magazine editor, he produced 560 issues and as an academic, he thought in 24 countries. Such a huge oeuvre of course covered diverse and sometimes conflicting styles, not only with the predominant zeitgeist, but also in his own work, which in the end makes the work of Gio Ponti even more interesting.
Born in 1891 in Milan, he served in the first world war between 1916 and 1918. After his return he studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano University and graduated in 1921. In the same year he married Giulia Vimercati. From the begging he set up his own architecture practice in varying constellations and with different partners. First projects were private houses and apartments and step by step the interest of companies like Fiat arose.
As mentioned above, he was originally trained as an architect, but started working from the beginning of his career in various design fields. His first employee from 1923 on was the ceramics manufacturer Richard Ginori, which rather showed neoclassical influences in complete contrast to the modern functional approach of his contemporaries. Under his design classics are among thousand others Billia lamp for Fontana Arte, designed in 1931, or the infamous Superleggera chair, designer in 1957 for Cassina.
His first magazine, the seminal Domus magazine he founded in 1928 and was his editor until 1941 and then again from 1948 until his death. In between he set up the Stile magazine, which he also edited. In the 560 issues that came out under his supervision, there was at least one article from him in the magazine, to show his work ethic also in his writing.
As the interest in his work grew, so also the size of his architectural works. In 1950 he won together with Pier Luigi Nervi and Arturo Danusso the competition to design the Pirelli tower in Milano, which was at that time the second skyscraper in the city. Next to this he also designed buildings around the world like The Denver Art Museum, the Villa Planchart in Caracas or a series of Milanese churches. He died in 1979 at the age of 87 in Milan.
Door number 20 means the last special each year. This season it is two-sided meaning a hometown merchandise and an objet trouvé in the sense of last year's calendar.
As our last special we proudly present you old postcards form Hallein. The black and white pictures show our hometown from different perspectives. The photos probably were taken between the two world wars as the whole Salzach valley is still pretty untouched.
Nice little detail on the side, the postcards have a, for us personal, history, as they were found while we were renovating our store 6 years ago.
If one think of an artist, one immediately associates him also with a specific movement, Jackson Pollock to Abstract Expressionism, Roy Lichtenstein to Pop Art or Donald Judd to Minimalism. There are exceptions like Pablo Picasso or today's entry the sculptor, painter and poet Jean or Hans Arp.
He was born in Strasbourg in 1887, when it was part of the German Empire, to a German father and a French mother. His mother, who played the piano, soon saw her son's talents and fostered him early on. After studying at the École des Arts et Métiers in his hometown, his life-long travels to Paris, Weimar, Munich, Zürich, Cologne, Meudon,... began.
In 1912 called by Wassily Kandinsky he went to Munich and exhibited with Der Blaue Reiter, the seminal expressionist group. To escape being drafted into the German army for the First World War Jean Arp fled to Switzerland. During that time lot of artist searched shelter there and in Zürich Hugo Ball opened the Cabaret Voltaire, which served as a playground for the Dada movement, where Jean Arp was founding member. There he met in 1915 the young artist Sophie Taeuber, whom he later married in 1922. It was the most significant encounter of his life.
After bringing Dada to Cologne, he also exhibited with the Parisian Dadaists but was also associated with the Surrealist Group founded by André Breton and showed in 1925 at one of their exhibitions. A year later the couple Taeuber-Arp settled in Meudon, a Parisian suburb, hosting the most important artists of the time. In 1931 he broke with the Surrealist movement and founded the group Abstraction-Création. During this time he expanded his work by also including bronze and stone sculptures.
In 1942 the couple had to flee the approaching German army, as their art was seen as degenerated and critical to the Nazi regime. They first went to Grasse, which was part of the unoccupied south of France and stayed there with friends. In early 1943 they moved to Zürich, where Sophie died, supposedly through a carbon-monoxide intoxication because of leaking gas. This shock paralyzed him work-wise for nearly a decade and he, as always in difficult times, solely focused on poetry.
At the end of the 1940s an increasing interest in his art in the United States arose peaking in a retrospective at the Moseum of Modern Art in New York in 1958. In 1959 he married his second wife Marguerite Hagenbach, who initially took care of his administrative work and helped him with his international exhibitions. He died in 1966 from a heart attack and was survived by his second wife, who took care of his estate.
His work stands out on the one being completely abstract but still suggest organic, natural forms. He was also the first to introduce chance and randomness into his work. He took that even further and started with the form and not a subject to not let his rational process interfere with his work and than at the end to decide about a title.
Nordic Cuisine seems next to furniture and clothing to be the strongest export from Denmark. Next to established chefs like René Redzepi there is a new young chef in Copenhagen with a slightly different but none the less successful approach.
As most of the great chefs Frederik Bille Brahe likes to make eating an experience. He personally compares it to seduction, but as you are never personally involved it gives the chef a certain humility, which he likes. Adding up to this is his love for storytelling which encompasses the food, but also leads to the presentation, the interior of the restaurants, the music and him personally, which got him voted as one of the best best dressed man in Denmark.
As shortly mentioned in the introduction, his approach slightly stays in contrast to the predominant clean, modern Nordic aesthetic and brings a rather warm, romantic touch to it. This all leads to a simple, but beautifully executed cuisine. His love for food and dream of running a restaurant came to him as a child, as he always dreamed what to eat the next morning and was always sad, when there were leftovers to eat.
Speaking of childhood and family he mentions his older sister Sophie Bille Brahe, who makes fine jewelry, as another source of inspiration for him, as she was more focused than him. His first restaurant, which he still runs, Atelier September opened in an old art gallery in the heart of Copenhagen. After former projects like Melsted, a pop up outlet, and Havfruen he opened this year at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen two new places, a canteen and a bar, called respectively Apollo Bar and Apollo Kantine.
Another project that saw the light of day this year was his collaboration with the Danish design company Hay. Started one and half years ago as during Salone Mobile, where he went on flea market hunt with the company's founder Mette Hay. She liked working with him and brought him on board for the Hay Kitchen Market, a new line of everyday kitchen essentials sourced internationally and pieces made by Hay's favorite designers.
There is a certain fascination that comes with arts that break with current trends and go in the complete opposite direction. In the 1960's in U.S.A. Abstract Expressionism was predominant and to counter this trend the Bay Area Figurative movement started Photorealism.
A key figure was and still is the painter Robert Bechtle. Born in 1932 in San Francisco he studied graphic design in Oakland at California College of Arts and Crafts until 1954. Shortly after his graduation he got drafted army and sent to Berlin.
After his return he studied again at the California College of Arts and Crafts, but now painting and finished with a degree in fine arts. During this time he got introduced to the aforementioned Bay Area Figurative movement, who set out to break with the status quo of painting at that time. Initially he started to use photos as an aid, but by 1966 his use of photographs became an integral part of his working process.
His pictures are inspired by his local San Francisco surroundings and has a particular fascination for amateur photographs and snapshots, especially of cars, often his own, which he uses as his starting point. From 1978 until 1999 he taught at the San Francisco State University and still lives there.
In each Christmas calendar our goal is to have at least one Hip Hop related entry. We tend to favor English speaking Rap, as in our opinion, German rap can be tricky. In its early days it was overly happy and in recent-years rather pseudo-gangster, both extremes never seemed authentic.
A more than welcome alternative is since more than ten years the duo Retrogott and Hulk Hodn. Being a classic Hip Hop formation, a MC and a producer, comparisons to cult duos like Gang Starr are more than obvious. Both incredibly talented solo artists, but as duo nearly unbeatable. This is also mirrored in their rather old school approach, a sample, often Jazz-influenced, a beat and the lyrics of the rapper.
Both are originally from around Cologne and started working together in 2005. Their names are one the one hand a clear reference to Hulk Hogan, but replaced by the German word for testicles. Retrogott initially called himself Huss, pronounced in English means hate in German. For the last two albums he changed his name, but stated no reason for that.
Lyrically Retrogott a.k.a. Kurt Hustle walks the thin line between up front battle rap and permanent intellectual references to history, art and philosophers. He is inspired on the one hand by philosophers like Jacques Derrida, Ludwig Wittgenstein or Ferdinand de Saussure and rappers like Big L, Schoolly D or Nas. In his lyrics, now rather subtle than in the beginning he provokes to question our position not to be schooling but rather to raise questions and point out issues.
His rhymes are perfectly and always tastefully supported by Huld Hodn's beats. So far the duo released five records, two under their new monike Retrogott & Hulk Hodn. The latest Sezession! came out last year.
In recent years both are also quite active in their solo projects. Hulk Hodn under his moniker Hodini, which gravitates more towards house music. Retrogott on his solo projects is also dancefloor oriented but with a funky approach. Next to their release on their label Entourage-Business, now called entbs, they released records on Damiano Von Erckert's AVA Records or Money $ex Records, which was founded by Max Graef, Glenn Astro and Delfonic.