Since 2012, we have been promoting our label at selected exhibitions, trade fairs, and design competitions. The focus of our presentations is both on design classics and WEINBAUM’s recent developments such as neo26 - a collection that is inspired by the Bauhaus era.
Villa Olmo at the Lake Como: A' Design Award, April 2017
As the world’s biggest, most diffused and diverse international design accolade, the A‘ Design Award unites designers, architects, artists, brands and companies with one global mission: to acknowledge, communicate and promote the very best of contemporary design. The entries are carefully considered by an internationally jury panel composed of scholars, prominent press members, leading design professionals and experienced entrepreneurs.
On 8 May 2017, the jury awarded our Butterfly TWIN CHAIR with the notable Bronze A’ Design Award – elected amidst several thousand nominated projects. Awarded works are voted on predetermined evaluation criteria to highlight only the very best of contemporary design.
In addition to coverage in international media, they are listed at the World Design Ranking and the platform Design Classifications. Also, awarded designs are showcased at DesignMag, a page that lists outstanding works from all over the world. Awarded designs are celebrated at the annual Gala Night – a magnet for thinkers and inventors worldwide. Since its inception in 2010, the event, held at the historic Villa Olmo on the shores of the Lake Como, has become a recognized meeting point for designers, companies and creative minds to reveal their talent and showcase their success.
* Venue: Villa Olmo, Via Cantoni 1, I-22100 Como/Italy
Kunstkraftwerk: Leipzig Book Fair, March 2017
March in Leipzig is characterised by reading. The Book Fair and its reading festival "Leipzig liest" are the spring events of the book and media sector. Authors, readers and publishing companies meet to collect information, to engage in exchange and discover what is new.
On 24 March 2017, the Italian author Claudio Magris presented his work "Verfahren eingestellt" (original: "Non luogo a procedere") - published at Carl Hanser. In a conversation with Michael Krüger, Magris gave insights into his explosive novel, the cruelties of war and the power of forgetting. Armchairs and tables from WEINBAUM's latest collection neo26 provided the setting for an exceptional evening.
* Persons depicted: Michael Krüger (in a conversation with Claudio Magris)
* Venue: Kunstkraftwerk, Saalfelder Strasse 8, D-04179 Leipzig/Germany
New Trade Fair Leipzig: Designers' Open, October 2015
As a lively marketplace for innovative product design, Designers' Open has been attracting international visitors to Leipzig since 2005. To its tenth edition, over 160 exhibitors showcased their latest products to a design affinity and interested audience. In preparation for WEINBAUM's move to Leipzig, we dedicated our attendance to the presentation of a new collection (neo26) and the establishment of contacts - among others with Burkhard Jung, the Mayor of the City of Leipzig.
Numerous summits, workshops and parties round off the three-day festival. For example, the conference DO/Industry was devoted to "smart materials". Fashion shows, the awarding of the Saxonian Price for Outstanding Design Works as well as film screenings make Designers' Open the most important industry gathering in central Germany.
* Persons depicted: Burkhard Jung (Mayor of the City of Leipzig) and Bárbara Giménez Weinbaum (owner WEINBAUM)
* Venue: New Trade Fair Leipzig, Messe-Allee 1, D-04356 Leipzig/Germany; in parallel, we announced the opening of our new offices - scheduled for Spring 2015 - in westwerk Leipzig
Alvar Aalto Theatre Essen: red dot award product design, July 2013
Top marks: Our Butterfly TWIN CHAIR was awarded in July 2013 for high design quality with the renowned red dot design award. In particular, the careful reinterpretation of one of the 20th century’s most influential design classics helped winning over the 37-member jury of experts.
Following the work of Patricia Urquiola and Eduardo Chillida, Bárbara Giménez Weinbaum has expanded - as a former student of the Madrid School of Architecture - the sculptural forms of the Hardoy Butterfly Chair and translated them into a sofa. Based on the draft by Bonet, Kurchan and Ferrari-Hardoy, the resulting two-seater picks up the harmonious geometry of the original design and offers exceptional seating comfort. The Butterfly TWIN CHAIR is a timeless eye-catcher and aesthetic sofa in one.
The jury members received 4,662 entries in 19 different categories. Only the best designs were able to win the enthusiasm of the jury, the awards ceremony took place on 1 July 2013 as part of the traditional red dot gala. Following the celebratory ceremony – held in Essen’s opera house, the impressive Aalto Theater – our Butterfly TWIN CHAIR was then put on display in the red dot design museums of Essen, Singapore and Taipeh.
Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the red dot, has pointed out also in this year’s competition that strong design competence and economic success nowadays go hand in hand: “The winners of the ‘red dot award: product design 2013’ are the protagonists of a highly developed design culture. Our label will help them to fend off global competition.”
* Venue: Alvar Aalto-Theater, Opernplatz 10, D-45128 Essen/Germany; following the red dot gala, the Butterfly TWIN CHAIR was put on display in the red dot design museums of Essen, Singapore and Taipeh.
Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt am Main: Summer of Architecture in the Rhein-Main area, May and June 2012
Under the working title "Construction business in a historical context" selected architects presented their current projects in Frankfurt. Among others, the head of the city’s building department presented the latest extension works for both the Historical Museum and the Museum of World Cultures as well Sir David Chipperfield’s reconstruction of the Palmengarten’s Society House. A symposium discussed later the public sector’s responsibilities as a guarantor of the building culture in times of tight budgets.
* Persons depicted: Wilfried Kühn (left; Kuehn Malvezzi) and Prof. Arno Lederer (right; Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei)
* Venue: Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Schaumainkai 43, D-60596 Frankfurt am Main/Germany