“Pure Gold – Upcycling and its Emotional Touch” shows 30 contemporary designs by 28 international designers and design Studios, which recycle materials to create new high-quality objects. The exhibition questions the primacy of function in classical modernism and looks instead at the emotional resonance of design.
The exhibition is flanked by a video installation on upcycling in everyday life as well as examples from workshops held globally by Axel Kufus, German designer and professor for product and process design at the Berlin University of the Arts and the design duo Lapatsch|Unger (Annika Unger and Anja Lapatsch).
Upcycling design is a highly significant element in sensitising people for global ecological issues and the dramatic increase in trash, because it can speak to our emotions.“
Volker Albus (designer and exhibition curator)
LDB will bring established and emerging designers, architects, scientists, writers and artists from all over the world to Somerset House from 4 to 23 September 2018. Germany participated in the first LDB in 2016 with an exhibition by Konstantin Grcic on the psychological roots of Utopia curated by the German Design Council.
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is Germany’s oldest intermediary organisation for international cultural relations committed to peaceful and enriching coexistence between people and cultures worldwide. It is supported by the German Foreign Office, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the state capital city of