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Furthering FORMA: Vanessa Heepen’s Unique Editorial Collaboration Blurs The Artwork-Design Divide


Because the widespread curiosity in “The Room I Stroll the Line” attested, Heepen’s scenography and curation in flip charmed a design-aligned viewers that has revealed itself to be each quite a few and geographically various. Heepen was inundated with portfolios of rising designers and artists for consideration forward of subsequent yr’s version, each from round and past Germany. As to particulars on what might be anticipated, Heepen is staying tight-lipped, bar confirming it’ll happen in Berlin in 2024. Whereas nonetheless located within the realm of collectible design, the house and idea will differ, and include a component of the surprising.

Till then, methods to sustain the momentum of the group that has galvanized round FORMA—a group eager to interact with the trajectories, nuances, and commonalities between artwork and design? Ignant Founder and Artistic Director Clemens Poloczek invited Heepen to co-curate an editorial centered round furnishings items. “I used to be delighted when Clemens approached me, as this editorial symbolizes the continuation of FORMA—like a brand new exhibition in itself,” says Heepen. “We stayed inside a constant spectrum of tonality and supplies, incorporating sure supplies like chrome steel, which – regardless of being a fan of – I didn’t need to over-use in FORMA’s first version. Seen continuously all through Berlin’s artwork world, chrome steel typically reads as chilly. For this editorial, mixed with supplies like wooden, we wished to forged it in a heat mild.”

An open strategy to the transient enabled Heepen and Poloczek to mix works from artists whom Heepen had proven in “The Room I Stroll the Line” alongside others she’d had on her radar for some time. Furnishings items by eight artists interact with smaller works by three ceramicists. In opposition to a stark concrete backdrop of the Lobe Block, designed by Brandlhuber + Emde, Burlon + Muck Petzet in Berlin’s Marriage ceremony district, they began at 7 am. “The solar was simply making its approach up the terrace, so we labored with reflections so much,” Heepen notes. “Alongside bigger objects, we included smaller ceramic items, every distinguished by means of their distinctive glaze. We have been not solely in kind but additionally in construction and floor.”

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