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  • 21.09.2017
    Reinhold Weiss Archive

    Systems Studio is pleased to announce our appointment to curate and produce the Reinhold Weiss Design Archive.

     

    Weiss served a three-year apprenticeship as a joiner, and two years as an intern at an architectural office before receiving a training in industrial design at the HfG Ulm, 1955 – 1959. In the summer before his graduation, he practiced in the architectural department at Braun, and was subsequently invited by Artur Braun to join the company.

    From his graduation in 1959, Weiss worked as the firm’s first formally trained industrial designer. In 1962 the Braun Design Department was established, and from that date until his resignation in 1967 Weiss served as its Deputy Head with particular responsibility for household appliances and personal care products. Later, in 1964, the New Products division was formed, for which Weiss supplied the first concepts and preliminary designs. 

     Weiss' contribution to Braun Design has been immense. According to his distinctive approach, shaped in large part by his training at Ulm, each solution was rigorously worked out entirely on its own terms, without reliance on generic or pre-established forms. This resulted in a number of ground-breaking and now iconic designs, amongst them: desk fans HL 1/11 (1959); toasters HT 1 (1960) and HT 2 (1961); kettle HE 1 (1960); hair dryers HLD 2/21 and HLD 5 (both 1963); coffee grinders KMM 1 and KSM 1/11 (both 1964); table lighter TFG 1 (1965); head phones KH 1000 (1965); hand mixer M140 (1966). Weiss also undertook a number of development studies that continued to shape the Braun Programme years after his departure.

    Following his tenure at Braun, Weiss served for four years as Executive Designer and Vice President of Unimark International, working from the corporation’s Chicago headquarters. In 1971 Weiss formed his own design consultancy, reinhold weiss design incorporated, also based in Chicago, which he directed as President until 2006. The greater part of his work was undertaken in the area of consumer electronics, particularly audio and video products, for companies such as Proton, NAD, Panasonic, Blaupunkt, AMC and AR (Acoustic Research).

    Systems will curate, design, build and maintain the online archive in consultation with Reinhold Weiss. This unique resource will provide a comprehensive survey of Weiss' work. In addition to documenting his crucial contribution to Braun Design, the archive will make available a wealth of important and hitherto unpublished materials, amongst them Weiss' HfG student work, Braun studies and prototypes, and designs undertaken for over 30 clients in the USA, Germany, France, England, Japan and Taiwan. 


  • 15.09.2017
    Systems' Director speaks at the V&A

    Our creative director, Peter Kapos, will be in conversation with Dietrich Lubs, Benjamin Wilson and the V&A’s Johanna Agermann Ross. This event, Collections: meaning, relevance, value, is an element of the Global Design Forum programme, hosted by the V&A.


    Wednesday 20 September, 11.45 - 12.45

    Further information and booking


  • 21.08.2017
    Visit to the Luigi Ghirri Archive

    Our project to design a new website for the Luigi Ghirri Archive began with a research visit. We were pleased to have had a reason to return to Roncocesi recently to supervise photography of the Archive’s collection of Ghirri monographs. This set of pictures will appear on the new website, now entering its development phase and on course for launch in October 2017. 


  • 22.07.2017
    Everything Solid

    Everything Solid, the book we designed for Louis De Belle and Nicolo Ornaghi, launched at MEGA Gallery, Milan, last night. See the Everything Solid website, also designed by Systems, for further information about the project.


  • 18.07.2017
    Louis De Belle & Nicolo Ornaghi

    We’re pleased to introduce new collaborators artist Louis De Belle (pictured) and curator Nicolo Ornaghi. Louis is a fine art photographer whose detached pictures record objects that appear to have become separated from their familiar meanings. Nicolo is an architect, writer, curator and member of the collective, Raumplan.

     

    We are working together on a book project conceived around the destruction of a primary coloured Joe Colombo Bobby Trolley. More news to follow soon.


  • 17.05.2017
    Luigi Ghirri

    We are pleased to announce our appointment by the Estate of Luigi Ghirri to design a website for its archive. Literary, formalist, conceptual and generously anthropological, Ghirri is a giant of twentieth century photography. We consider it an honour to contribute towards increasing the accessibility of Ghirri’s already very widely appreciated work.


    Photograph: Luigi Ghirri, Riviera Romagnola, 1985. Copyright Eredi di Luigi Ghirri


  • 16.03.2017
    LIAUX: Luca Vitone X Luca Lo Pinto

    We are pleased announce our appointment by curator Luca Lo Pinto to design his contribution for online fine art project space, Liaux. Lo Pinto has conceived of a virtual exhibition formed as a series of responses to the work of artist Luca Vitone. We're excited to explore ways of expressing this dialogue of images.


    Photographs

    1. Luca Vitone, Galleria Pinta. 1988
    2. Mel Bochner, Measurement Room. 1969



  • 16.03.2017
    Francesca Verga

    Systems is pleased to introduce a new client and collaborator, Francesca Verga. Francesca is Coordinator for Manifesta 12, to be held in Palermo in 2018, and founder of Liaux, an online contemporary art project space. Systems has been appointed to design the Liaux website, which will serve as a portal to projects created for Liaux by invited artists and curators.

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Systems Studio is pleased to announce our appointment to curate and produce the Reinhold Weiss Design Archive.

 

Weiss served a three-year apprenticeship as a joiner, and two years as an intern at an architectural office before receiving a training in industrial design at the HfG Ulm, 1955 – 1959. In the summer before his graduation, he practiced in the architectural department at Braun, and was subsequently invited by Artur Braun to join the company.

From his graduation in 1959, Weiss worked as the firm’s first formally trained industrial designer. In 1962 the Braun Design Department was established, and from that date until his resignation in 1967 Weiss served as its Deputy Head with particular responsibility for household appliances and personal care products. Later, in 1964, the New Products division was formed, for which Weiss supplied the first concepts and preliminary designs. 

 Weiss' contribution to Braun Design has been immense. According to his distinctive approach, shaped in large part by his training at Ulm, each solution was rigorously worked out entirely on its own terms, without reliance on generic or pre-established forms. This resulted in a number of ground-breaking and now iconic designs, amongst them: desk fans HL 1/11 (1959); toasters HT 1 (1960) and HT 2 (1961); kettle HE 1 (1960); hair dryers HLD 2/21 and HLD 5 (both 1963); coffee grinders KMM 1 and KSM 1/11 (both 1964); table lighter TFG 1 (1965); head phones KH 1000 (1965); hand mixer M140 (1966). Weiss also undertook a number of development studies that continued to shape the Braun Programme years after his departure.

Following his tenure at Braun, Weiss served for four years as Executive Designer and Vice President of Unimark International, working from the corporation’s Chicago headquarters. In 1971 Weiss formed his own design consultancy, reinhold weiss design incorporated, also based in Chicago, which he directed as President until 2006. The greater part of his work was undertaken in the area of consumer electronics, particularly audio and video products, for companies such as Proton, NAD, Panasonic, Blaupunkt, AMC and AR (Acoustic Research).

Systems will curate, design, build and maintain the online archive in consultation with Reinhold Weiss. This unique resource will provide a comprehensive survey of Weiss' work. In addition to documenting his crucial contribution to Braun Design, the archive will make available a wealth of important and hitherto unpublished materials, amongst them Weiss' HfG student work, Braun studies and prototypes, and designs undertaken for over 30 clients in the USA, Germany, France, England, Japan and Taiwan. 

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