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.
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.
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.
VernissageTV met Prof. Luigi Colani at his studio workshop in Karlsruhe / Germany. While working on a bicycle design that will be unveiled at the Road World Championships later this year he talks about his current products and projects, the state of design today – and looks back on his almost 60 years long career.
Currently the Design Museum London presents the first UK retrospective of Luigi Colani’s work in “Luigi Colani – Translating Nature” (March 3 – 17 June 2007). The exhibition brings together Colani’s extraordinary large scale prototypes including aircraft, trucks and cars, as well as his furniture and product design.
Karlsruhe / Germany, March 29, 2007. Interview, part 1/4.