Werner Aisslinger - Home of the Future

21.04.2013 – 09.06.2013


Werner Aisslinger transforms Haus am Waldsee into a “Home of the Future.” In doing so the multiple award-winning product designer and co-founder of the Berlin Design Festival DMY will present his central theme of material transfer in the form of numerous pieces of furniture and objects. What we encounter here are visions of future cultures. Aisslinger‘s very own design practice unfolds before our eyes. “Home of the Future” is Aisslinger‘s first institutional survey exhibition in Germany.

Aisslinger‘s approach rests on the following questions: How will we live tomorrow? Patchwork families differ in their requirements from earlier partnerships. This has consequences for the way we live together. How will we cook and work, sleep and think? From this basic insight Aisslinger‘s experiments pursue all manner of directions. He will cover the façade of the Haus am Waldsee as well as his parked car with fabrics, thus transforming the whole into coloured objects.

The exhibition puts on display, among other things, modular construction kits, such as stowage spaces and shelves, a kitchen lab and chill out zones, naturally growing furniture and a fishfarm. The reknown “Loftcube” installation of 2007 in the sculpture garden at Haus am Waldsee will be presented as well as Aisslinger‘s most recent ventures. His design fantasies stretch all the way to mats from natural fibre and thermo-sensitive gel, which he translates from a basic industrial material into pioneering high-tech design.

From his concern with a new basic material Aisslinger develops the idea for a specific function in terms of a chair, an armchair, a table, a lamp, a bed or simply an object. Biological structures, sustainability and practical aspects always form the crucial elements at the beginning of his design process. Function is the result of a transfer of material, set in motion and worked out by the designer himself. Only after completing this complex, highly symbiotic process does Aisslinger look for a manufacturer to produce the design in serial form under a brand name. Therefore the show will include many well-known objects such as the Loftcube which largely conceal, up to now, the name of their creator, one of the most visionary and curious designers in Germany.

Werner Aisslinger was born in 1964 in Nördlingen, Germany. He lives and works in Berlin. Catalogue in German and English. Exhibition and Concept: Katja Blomberg and Werner Aisslinger.

Supported by
the Cultural Council of Steglitz-Zehlendorf of Berlin/ Decentral cultural program; by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, senate chancellory – cultural affairs department; Gembus Foundation; Friends and Supporters of Haus am Waldsee e.V.

With the friendly support of Vitra, Kvadrat, Axor / hansgrohe, Flötotto, TopFarmers Moroso, Berker, Foscarini, CIAV Meisenthal, Vescom, Technogel, Gerber-Spitzen, BASF, Rothe Gartenbau

Cooperation with DMY International Design Festival Berlin

Media Partner taz.dietageszeitung, H.O.M.E., GRID Magazin, Architonic