The Ulm Model, Ravens Row

The Ulm Model exhibition, held at Ravens Row in Shoreditch, London, consisted of 47 pieces of design from the HFG (Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm). The Ulm School of Design, based in Ulm, Germany was founded by  Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill. The school was open from 1953-1968 and was recognised globally because of its emphasis on the multidisciplinary teachings of design well beyond the Bauhaus. At the time students work was seen as groundbreaking.

A page from a students sketch book, looking at colour.

The exhibition included drawings, furniture and appliances among other things. The schools founders did not view the work of the school/students as art. I particularly found the sketch book pages in the back of the gallery interesting. They drew on the fundamentals of design, shape, line, colour and form and from these you could clearly see the link to the rest of the articles within the exhibition.

The rooms within the gallery were sparse allowing visitors to walk freely around the exhibition and have room to view all angles of the pieces of design.

Table containing a collection of homeware.

I feel as though the exhibition flowed well from room to room and floor to floor.The raw wooden flooring, alongside off white walls gave a warm feeling to the gallery.

I felt as though a lot of the pieces within the exhibition were displaying an equal balance between form and function. This is something which was a relatively new concept at the time of the school.

Midway through the 1950s, the HfG and Braun, began a phase of cooperation. (Ulm School of Design,  8 October 2016). These products were displayed in the back of the gallery, in a sort of separated area to the rest of the gallery. I found the dynamic of this part of the exhibition, with a more formal and commercial feel. This juxtaposed with the more experimental and explorative feel to the rest of the gallery offered a great contrast and added interest to the exhibition.

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A framed piece of work on the second floor of the gallery.

I personally found the above piece interesting, I enjoyed the technical aspect of the piece and the use of primary colours. I enjoyed these types of pieces in the exhibition more interesting as I was able to gain a greater understanding of the design process which lead to the finished articles on display.


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