An extremely vibrant monument
by Fabian Peters | 5/20/2019
200 years of design history – illustrated by 70 chairs made by a single company. Steffen Kehrle’s redesign highlights Munich’s Die Neue Sammlung’s Thonet collection.
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Steffen Kehrle studied industrial design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with Paolo Piva, Borek Šípek, Ross Lovegrove and Hartmut Esslinger. Meanwhile he passed internships at BMW (Munich), Busse Design (Ulm), Starczewski Design (Ulm) and Frédéri
c Dedellay (Zürich). From 2007 to 2009 he worked for Stefan Diez (Munich), jointly responsible for many product developments. Since 2009 he runs „Atelier Steffen Kehrle" with an emphasis on product-, display- and interior-design.
Steffen Kehrle's w
ork is charactized by a distinctive curiosity towards our interaction with things. His focus also lies on emotions which objects evoke and the context-sensitive orchestration of objects in unusual or everyday settings. For each one of his objects he searc
hes for an independent approach, which allows him to invent characteristic forms with the most elementary means, to invent a new implicitness through improvisation or to reflect our relationship to objects through humour. For instance the shelf TIM (2008,
Formvorrat), a piece of furniture which seems totally improvised and at the same time emerges a new type of furniture.
With Eraser (2009, Moree) he found a natural, self-explanatory way of dimming light without using a switch. He plays with duplicatio
n and mirroring, with historical role models, mixing the traditional and the prospective. He discovers new typologies for things around us and discloses a new perspective on the ordinary and familiar.