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Exhibition at the Museum of Applied Art, Frankfurt am Main

What are the requisites for convincing design in utilitarian objects? And how does good product design come about?

From 24 September 2016 to 29 January 2017, in the exhibition “thinking tools. Design as Process: On the Creation of Writing Utensils“, the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main will take a look at what goes into making our world of things.

Taking the writing instruments from Lamy as an example – including popular classics like the LAMY 2000 and the LAMY safari – the show will provide insights into the design process as a complex interplay between the designers, company management, product developers and marketing team. To this end, it will present – for the first time – sketches, models and prototypes from the Lamy archives, vividly retracing the long path from design to product.

Illustrations by Christoph Niemann, whose works are known from such publications as the New Yorker and ZEITmagazin, will enhance the show with humorous statements on the importance of writing utensils as tools that aid us in conceiving and forming our thoughts.

The exhibition was initiated by Lamy on the occasion of the anniversary „50 years of Lamy design“. To accompany the exhibition, the catalogue thinking tools published by Verlag av edition will appear at the end of September. It will be available in bookstores worldwide.

Curator: Klaus Klemp

Impressions of the exhibition

Photos: Anja Jahn, © Museum Angewandte Kunst