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Interview with designer Robert Stadler

August 14, 2009

Viennese-born designer Robert Stadler studied design at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy and then at ENSCI / Les Ateliers in Paris. In Paris, he co-founded the Radi Designers group. Since 2000 he has been working solo while simultaneously continuing his activity with the group. He lives and works in Paris and Rio de Janeiro.

Currently Robert Stadler is taking part in the exhibition Design High at Louise Blouin Foundation in London. He presents two works: the living room suite “Tephra Formations” and the dumbbell set “Foreveryoung (Item for Men)”.

“Stadler revels exploring the exhitibion space in order to scramble the usual categories of art and design. He questions the status of the object as work of art or product as well as the boundaries between preciousness and lowliness, elegance and vulgarity, between the serious and the absurd. … Stadler intervenes in very diverse fields, obliterating all hierarchies between free proposals and industrial commissions.” (excerpt from the press release)

In this video, Robert Stadler talks about his pieces on display at the Design High exhibition, his work between the fields of art and design, the pros and cons of free work and commissions, and his sources of inspiration.

Design High / Louise Blouin Foundation, London. June 24, 2009. Design High runs until August 30, 2009.

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