DMY Youngsters at the Arena Berlin 2009

Same Same but Different is the theme of this years Festival Program which started last night with the DMY Youngsters Exhibition Opening. The experimental design solutions are now, for the next four days, showcased in the history Arena building. The Arena was build in 1927 as a bus shelter and with its 7.000 sqm. it used to be the biggest self supporting structure in Europe at its time. Now the complex is a microcosm for creative artist and designers with a great atmosphere and even without the DMY Festival an interesting place to visit.

When I arrived, there was a long queue of people trying to get into the doors and I was pleased to see, that design, even with the economic crisis is still of interest. Once I got in I was positively surprised about the originality and quality of the work shown. I have to admit that when I first found out, that the focus of this years exhibition is on Dutch design I was secretly thinking "oh no! not again!" but the work shown was of high standard full of wit and convincing in a creative as well as a social level.

Salzig der sport Hocker (Salty the sporty stool) is a stool to sit on, slide on, roll on, jump on and generally play with is a cool little plastic 'toy' that guarantees a lot of fun. Designed by a young Agency, originally form Kiel and now in Berlin the stool is an ideal piece of furniture for everyone with a young mind! The boys even slide down a skateboard vert ramp and they can do all sorts of funky moves with that thing. Shame I didn't get a great picture but you can see what the thing those on this movie.

Private Circle Design is a Italian collection that re-uses ordinary objects and materials with the aim of inspiring people to find their own possibilities instead of throwing away objects that can have an extra life with a new function. During the opening last night, they invited visitors to come and dress up with their design work which was great fun. On the picture you can see the cassette wallet made out of old tapes. The packaging is a cardboard music player and the user can pull out all sorts of little tags and gadgets.

Students from the Georg-Simon-Ohm Hochschule, Nuernberg had a cool black and white booth where they showcased magazines, illustrations as well as books. Anyone was invited to come and doodle on their wall. Some of the stuff can be purchased at the shop too.

Footy in pink! A project by Cleo Ruchon student from the ESAD Strasbourg called Barbie foot. Horrible colour but a fun idea.

Cardboard toy from Latvia. The in Riga based Agency; Design Drive is a platform for creative thinking and ideas exchange in Latvia. The toys can be illustrated by the children themself and the Designer plans to produce them out of water proof material so that they can be used as floaters. Nice!

Henry Schmidt and Mathias Dietz presented a wall full of "my favourite object" They had asked their friends to take pictures of their most loved things and it was interesting to see them all posted up there. Some of them where even my favourites.

Limited Moth by Thomas Traxler points out the limitations in reality. The lamp portraits a type of rare Austrian moth (only 800 left). The copper swarm is numbered and flays towards the light bulb. Thomas donates some money towards a environmental organisation that trys to conserve the moth. Once there are more moth again Thomas can create more lamps.

The Colo Dishwasher concept breaks the old-fashioned handling habits of existing washing methods. The user can place the dishes on the tray in the sink, it gets washed and dried and later, the tray can be but back onto the wall without the need of sorting out the dishes first. The concept comes from Peter Schwartz and Helene Steiner both students from Bauhaus Universitaet Weimar. Its a reduction of the machine to its essentials and of course colour orientated, pure Bauhaus style!.

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