Austrian Design Explosion at the Triennale Design Museum

Design exhibition is showcasing 120 Austrian companies and designers as part of EXPO 2015
ART&IDEA is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Austrian Design Explosion at the Triennale Design Museum on June 26th 2015 in Milan, Italy. Key examples of Austria’s design and technology landscape are presented, along with work from other related fields such as architecture, fashion, music, film and art. The selection of work on show illustrates how the ingenuity of Austrian companies, creative entrepreneurs and academics has helped to make the world a more sustainable, beautiful and better place – from the start of the industrial revolution to today’s digital age. The curator of the exhibition is Robert Punkenhofer, who has gained an international reputation with initiatives at the interface between art, design and architecture, such as Mursinsel Graz with Vito Acconci, Vienna Art Week and world fair projects in Aichi, Japan, Zaragossa, Spain and Shanghai, China.

“The exhibition concept follows three interlinking hypotheses about Austrian design: the obsession with finding technical solutions for complex everyday problems; the passion for exploring the application-related limits of extraordinary materials; and the pursuit of a strict minimalistic approach in aesthetic practice coupled with emotion or tongue-in-cheek humour,” explains Robert Punkenhofer. Work from a total of 120 Austrian companies, designers and artists will be on show. The design of the exhibition, for which Punkenhofer and architect Dieter Spath drew their inspiration from a 3D explosive drawing from the automotive industry, will allow people to experience Austrian design in the Triennale Museum with all their senses.

To name but a few examples, the exhibits include the solar-powered Wadi water disinfection device from Helioz, the KTM Freeride E 2015, voestalpine car parts made of press-hardened lightweight steel, the VELLO collapsible bike and an aircraft engine from BRP-Powertrain. Key classics like the Thonet Nr. 14 chair, an Adolf Loos glass series for Lobmeyr, creations by Helmut Lang and even the original Sachertorte are on show. The exhibition is accompanied by a special sound composition by Thomas Wagensommerer as well as an experimental film installation by Georg Eisnecker. Cutting edge experimental projects are carefully selected and presented with the same appreciation as industrial products and handcrafted objects.

The exhibition takes place as part of the EXPO World Fair Milano 2015 and is an initiative by Austria’s Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber/ Advantage Austria and Austria´s Federal Ministry of Culture.


Adolf Loos · ALPLA · ams · AND_i · Andreas H. Gratze · ANIMATE · Augarten · Austrian Institute of Technology · AWS Designteam · Backhausen · bct electronic · Bernhard Neuwirth · Blum · BRAUN Lockenhaus · breadedEscalope · BRP-Powertrain · Bruno Klomfar · Carl Suchy & Sons · Coop Himmelb(l)au · CSA Herzogenburg · Désirée Heusl · Edwina Hoerl · Georg Eisnecker · emporia · EOOS · Ernst Beranek · Ernst Dryden · FACC · formquadrat · Franz West · Frauscher · FREYWILLE · Friedrich Kiesler · Fronius International · GEBRUEDER THONET VIENNA · Georg Baldele · Gerhard Heufler · Gregor Eichinger · Günter Wett · HEAD · Helioz · Helmut Lang · HENN · Hertha Hurnaus · honey and bunny · Institute of Design Research Vienna · Internorm · Iwajla Klinke · Jacques Lemans · Johannes Scherr · Josef Hoffmann · Kabiljo Inc. · Kai Stania · KIM+HEEP · Kiska · KLH · Kniže · KTM · kunabi brother · Landtmann · Lenzing · Leonhard Palden · Lesethek Verlag · Lisa Rastl · Lithoz · Lobmeyr · Magna Steyr · MAM · Manner · mischer’traxler · Molto Luce · moºsound · Mühlbauer · Rainer Mutsch · NCR Orderman · NKE · Original Sacher-Torten Manufaktur · Otto Bock HealthCare · Ovotherm International · PANI · Paul Ott · Philipp Bruni · Philipp Haas & Soehne · Phormolog · plasmo Industrietechnik · POLKA · Porsche Design · REMUS Innovation · Riedel · RIEGL · Rosenbauer International · Rudi Gernreich · Rudolf Chlada · Schiebel · Silhouette International · Soda Designers · Philips Speech Processing Solutions · Spirit Design · spolia. · Stefan Sagmeister & Matthias Ernstberger · STM · Studio Novo · Swarovski Gemstones · SWAROVSKI OPTIK · Thomas Feichtner · Thomas Wagensommerer · Tino Valentinitsch · Trodat · Tyrolia · Valentin Vodev · VELLO bike · Victor Papanek · VIKING · VITEO · voestalpine · VOSSEN · WALKING CHAIR · Wiener Silber Manufactur · Wittmann · Wolfgang Thaler · Wolford · XAL · Zotter · Zumtobel

Exhibition Dates: June 26th – July 5th, 2015 from 10am to 23pm

Triennale Design Museum – Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano, Italy

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