athena

athena


Designer

Wolfgang C. R. Mezger

In contrast to designing individual cushioned furniture, the development of a Cubist cushioned furniture kit is not only conceptionally but also programmatically challenging.

All of the parts, be it the cushions for seating, the back cushions, side or arm parts respectively and the base frames must be designed in such a way that their aesthetical relationship in any possible combination of an individual seating furniture is always perfect.

In the end, the composition of the related supporting structures such as brackets, feet, base, frame and rotary disc must fit proportionally in a convincing way.

That's what we achieved with Athena.

Designer

Wolfgang C. R. Mezger

Wolfgang C. R. Mezger

After initially training as a typographer and attempting various musical projects, Wolfgang C.R.Mezger, born to a german father and a dutch mother, began his design studies at the design college in Schwäbisch Gmünd. In 1979 he successfully completed his degree and was simultaneously awarded the prestigious Braun Prize for Design in 1980. Following a period of free-lance activities with people such as Nick Roericht, Ulm, he started up his own design office Wolfgang C.R. Mezger.

From 1981 to 1989 he lectured at various technical colleges. He taught and researched at the HDK Berlin, the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, London and subsequently at the Technical College for Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Today Wolfgang C.R. Mezger works in his office in Göppiingen(Stuttgart/Ulm) with a small but effective team for international top-class companies with the highest design standards. Alongside Artanova, he also works for other renowned producers in the U.S.A, Holland, England, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

Up to the present his design office has received more than 50 design awards including Best of Neocon,Chicago; Good Design Award, Chicago; Roscoe Design Award, New York; Roter Punkt and Red Dot, Essen; The Dutch Furniture Prize, Amsterdam; Designcenter, Stuttgart; Focus Balance, Stuttgart; iF Design Award, Hannover, etc.

When asked about his design philosophy, he answers; “ It’s always about looking for genius. The way to it is a synthesis of functionality and poetry. In this way it is possible to create longlasting products with “soul”.

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