Sep 29, 2017 – Oct 7, 2017
Design connects. Especially in the case of the Passionswege. Ever since they were introduced, the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK has been connecting international and Austrian designers with Viennese production companies in the context of this curated format. In open work processes and free from the commercial constraints of conventional work relationships, designers and businesses experiment, create, and share knowledge. The financial framework is established by the festival. Starting out from two stations in the inner city, the format 2017 made its way via a stop-off in the 6th district into the Focus District of Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus. The results of each cooperative venture – objects or installations – were shown directly on site in what are frequently authentic Viennese workshops and business premises. Passionswege – in the eleventh year, too, this means: discovering the city’s manufacturing culture in tandem.
For this years’ exhibition Jólan collaborated with the company J. & L. Lobmyer. For around 200 years now, the old-established firm in Vienna has been writing history in glass. Operating today in the sixth generation as a family business, it has always worked to make the secrets of the material accessible and in constant dialogue with craftspeople, designers, and customers to produce innovations. Jólan had the opportunity to delve deep into the vast company archive of J. & L. Lobmeyr for his Passionswege project. Just like the Viennese glass manufactory, Jólan accords great significance to the processed material. In addition, he often infuses playful aspects of natural phenomena into his designs. The result of his cooperative venture with J. & L. Lobmeyr is a fragile vase inspired by water: design as state of flow, on show in the second living room of the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK.