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VTV Classics (r3): Luigi Colani: Translating Nature / Design Museum London (2007)

On the occasion of his 85th birthday, VernissageTV re-edited the coverage of Luigi Colani’s 2007 exhibition at the Design Museum London. Titled Translating Nature, the show gave an excellent overview of the multifaceted work of the extraordinary designer. Curated by Albrecht Bangert and staged by exhibition designer Nigel Coates, the exhibition brings together Luigi Colani’s extraordinary large scale protoype designs including trucks, aircraft and cars. Translating Nature was the first retrospective of Colani’s work in the UK, and the first exhibition to be commissioned under Deyan Sudjic’s directorship at the Design Museum. In her assessment of the exhibition on Building Design, Amanda Levete (partner at architect Future Systems) said: “If ever there was a show that demonstrated the significance and meaning of curation, this is it. Here, work of undisputed brilliance is shown through the eyes of others — curator Albrecht Bangert and the designer of the exhibition, architect Nigel Coates.”

Luigi Colani designed cars for companies such as Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Volkswagen, and BMW; he designed furniture, TV sets, pianos, pens, photo cameras, personal computers, aerodynamic trucks, high-speed trains, kitchens, and entire houses.

In this video, the director of the Design Museum London, Deiyan Sudjic, provides us with an introduction to the design world of Luigi Colani, and exhibition curator Albrecht Bangert explains the concept behind the exhibition.

Happy Birthday, herzlichen Glckwunsch zum Geburtstag, Luigi Colani! Dif tor heh smusma!

This is another segment in our series r3 that highlights the treasures of VernissageTV’s huge archive. R3 is a series of VernissageTV classics, now re-mastered, re-edited and reissued in High Definition. Click here for the complete list of videos. Click here for the original post. For more videos featuring Luigi Colani, click here! A re-mastered and re-edited version of our 2007 interview with Luigi Colani at his studio in Karlsruhe is available here.

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VernissageTV Classics (r3): Interview with Luigi Colani (2007)

Luigi Colani is one of the most successful and controversial designers. The Swiss-born German industrial designer is known for his organic forms that he applied to products such as cars, airplanes, trucks, cameras, and furniture. In 2007, VernissageTV met Luigi Colani at his studio in Karlsruhe (Germany). In this interview, Colani looks back at his career and talks about the state of design.

In this excerpt of our 2007 interview with Luigi Colani, the designer talks about his beginnings as a designer. The complete interview is available after the break.

This is another segment in our series r3 that highlights the treasures of VernissageTV’s huge archive. R3 is a series of VernissageTV classics, now re-mastered, re-edited and reissued in High Definition. Click here for the complete list of videos. Click here for the original post. For more videos featuring Luigi Colani, click here! A re-mastered and re-edited version of our coverage of Luigi Colani’s exhibition at the Design Museum in London will be published in August, 2013.

Karlsruhe, March 29, 2007. Camera: Arno Dietsche. Interview / editing: Heinrich Schmidt.

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Luigi Colani: Translating Nature / Design Museum London / part 3/3

Luigi Colani: Translating Nature at the Design Museum London. Final part of the exhibition walkthrough with curator Dr. Albrecht Bangert. Design Museum London, May 17, 2007. Part 3/3.

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Luigi Colani: Translating Nature / Design Museum London / part 2/3

In part 2 of our walk through the Colani retrospective at the Design Museum London, curator Dr. Albrecht Bangert explains the concept behind the exhibition. Luigi Colani: Translating Nature is divided into three parts: water, air and land. When the visitor enters the exhibition space, he immerses into a water world which invites him to discover the world of organic design of Luigi Colani. Design Museum London, May 17, 2007. Part 2/3.

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Luigi Colani: Translating Nature / Design Museum London / part 1/3

Luigi Colani: Translating Nature at the Design Museum London brings together Luigi Colani’s extraordinary large scale protoype designs including trucks, aircraft and cars. It is the first retrospective of Colani’s work in the UK, and the first exhibition to be commissioned under Deyan Sudjic’s directorship at the Design Museum. In her assessment of the exhibition on Building Design, Amanda Levete (partner at architect Future Systems) says: “If ever there was a show that demonstrated the significance and meaning of curation, this is it. Here, work of undisputed brilliance is shown through the eyes of others — curator Albrecht Bangert and the designer of the exhibition, architect Nigel Coates.” Exhibition walkthrough with curator Dr. Albrecht Bangert. Introduction by Design Museum London Director Deyan Sudjic. Design Museum London, May 17, 2007. Part 1/3.

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