Individual: One of 64 book cover designs
And on the same topic: “Individualdesign”, a new book by Hannes Bäuerle and Joachim Stumpp. Off-the-shelf projects are out; individualisation is in. And in line with this trend is the book ‘Individualdesign’, published in September this year by architect Joachim Stumpp and interior designer Hannes Bäuerle, the owners of the “Raumprobe” materials database. According to the publishers, Deutsche Verlagsanstalt, it is the first book on the trendy theme of mass customisation and – as we are talking individualism – is available in 64 different cover designs. When it comes to the target group, Bäuerle explains: “Our book is meant for planners – architects, interior designers, fair construction companies, home-builders – and in general all those involved in building in the broadest sense.”
Resin-sealed print specially designed for Campari’s Red Lounge. Gone are the days, it seems, when these groups of people considered it enough to have huge collections from which to choose their materials and designs. Today, now that it is possible to produce anything en masse, the emphasis is on the exclusive and the unique.
An impressive demonstration of this is provided by the first part of the book, which is packed with illustrations of customised materials and methods giving the reader an idea of the wealth of possibilities available. For instance, there is a design studio in Tokyo whose raw concrete walls have been pasted with a covering of lace cloth. On the floor of its administrative building in Cologne, Danish carpet manufacturer ege displays its core competence: customised printing. The wallpaper that has been specially designed for aperitif manufacturer Campari not only covers the walls of its ‘Red Lounge’ in Milan but, thanks to a resin seal, also extends over the floor.
Materials exhibition on the ‘Raumprobe’ premises. Along with these practical examples, the second part of the book deals with methods and techniques. In other words how ideas can be realised. Among other things, Bäuerle and Stumpp describe production techniques like casting, milling, engraving and laser cutting. Another topic dealt with is printing. The authors do not restrict themselves, however, to two-dimensional techniques like wallpaper printing, textile printing or printing on glass, plastic, wood, etc. They also look at rapid prototyping, a technique that can even print objects made of plastic, ceramics or metal in three-dimensional form.
Cologne headquarters of carpet manufacturer ege. Core competence: Customised printing “Material is inspiration”, says Bäuerle. “We have currently approximately 2,500 materials in our database. The figure has doubled in the past twelve months, and we hope to break the 3,000 barrier by the end of the year.”
Together, the database and the book can thus be expected to provide a great deal of inspiration for planners of every kind.
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