Visits and Discoveries

Essen: Zollverein Industrial Park

The Zollverein Industrial Complex is the city's most famous landmark. For decades, the coal mine (current form mainly from 1932, closed in 1986) and the coking plant (closed in 1993) ranked among the largest of their kinds in Europe. Shaft XII, built in Bauhaus style, with its characteristic...

Bottrop: Josef Albers Museum

We had heard about this museum for years, and looked forward to seeing an exhibtion of both paintings and design, but alas, on the day of our visit the majority of the musume space was taken up with other works. Still, it was an interesting experience. Here is a bit of background:


Berlin: Bauhaus Archiv

We were happy to have the opportunity to meet with two knowledable archivist/librarians ( Berthold Eberhard, Bibliothekar and Wencke Clausnitzer-Paschold, Archivarian)who explained the status of the documentation of the collection. The digitized parts of their catalog are included in a larger...

Berlin: Museum der Dinge (Museum of Things)

Our Folkwang guide told us not to miss this museum, and she was right! An incredible documentaion of the apt attention which was paid to Design in 20th C Germany. Centered on the Deutcher Werkbund,

Since summer 2007...

Berlin: Hotel Q

We wouldn't ordinarily include a hotel in our Find Design inventory, but the Hotel Q in Berlin exceeded expectations.It provided a wonderful visual retreat after a busy day, as well as custom dining on demand. A "Design Hotel" it was also staffed by helpful and generous people.

Berlin: Modulor Planet

In case you need design supplies in Berlin: Visited Modulor Planet – a materials supply shop. Amazing place which sells everything from office supplies to every kind of model making material, paper, etc.  On Moritzplatz.

Berlin: Mies van der Rohe Haus

This visit was one of the hightlights of the trip.Johan claims it is the most beautiful brick buidling he has ever seen.

The Mies van der Rohe Haus (Landhaus Lemke, 1932/33) is a gem of classical modernism. With this house, built for printing works owner Karl Lemke, Ludwig Mies van...

Dessau: Bauhaus

We saw a great Marcel Breuer exhibtion, and took the tour of the MasterHouses, but the most exciting part of this visit was our stay in the original Bauhaus student accomodations:

"Spend the night like the Bauhaus students – since their general renovation and refurbishment, the studio...

Dessau: Bauhaus Archiv Dessau

The Archiv at Dessau is located in the renovated brewery about 500 meters from the Bauhuas central building. The Archives were not open on the day we visited, but we got info on the archivist. She is Fau Ziegner, email ...

Leipzig: BMW Factory

Zaha Hadid designed the new BMW plant in Leipzig. It brings a new visual perspective to factory work and organization, as described on their website:

"Is it possible that a certain kind of architecture can positively influence teamwork and productivity within a plant? The Central...