Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus | Yellowtrace
Panda.

Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus | Yellowtrace
Monkey.

Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus | Yellowtrace
Bee.

Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus | Yellowtrace
Duck.

Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus | Yellowtrace
Tired Soldier.

Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus | Yellowtrace
Designer Stephan Hürlemann with Pink Panther.

Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus | Yellowtrace
Dwarf. Photography by Stefan Altenburger © horgenglarus.

Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus | Yellowtrace
Monkey & Dwarf.

 

‘Riesen mit Zwerg’—or ‘Giants with Dwarf’—is Swiss architect and designer menagerie of towering creatures, cleverly fashioned out of dusty antique chairs and tables from the depths of the design vault. First exhibited at Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland in 2016, the wooden marionettes made a second appearance in Milan this year, as part of the second edition of Ventura Centrale in low lit warehouses underneath the city’s Central Station.

Yawning and creaking in the still of the underground, the seven eerie creatures could be brought to life via puppet wires as a poetic, interactive re-imagination of forgotten furniture. Each was conjured out of parts and pieces of some of horgenglarus’ best-selling chairs and tables, drawn from a catalogue of over 100 years: elements of horgenglarus’ classic (1918), moser (1931), miro (1999), lyra (2007), and most recent kilo (2014) designs all feature. The parts were left in the condition in which they had been found, only had holes drilled into them, and were connected with cable ties.

Leering at about three metres tall, the collection of creatures includes a monkey made from 33 parts, a bee from 34, a duck from 35, a panda from 35, and a pink panther from 39. Then there’s the tired soldier made from 51 pieces, and the dwarf from 35.

The enchanting exhibition was so well liked, it took out the Unicorn category of the Milano Design Awards this year—bestowed upon presentations that surprise and amaze visitors with an alternative approach and innovative interaction with their own products.

 

Related: Highlights From Milan Design Week 2018.

 


‘Giants with Dwarf’ at Milan Design Week 2018.

Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus at Milan Design Week 2018 | Yellowtrace
Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus at Milan Design Week 2018 | Yellowtrace

‘Giants with Dwarf’ at Milan Design Week 2018. Photography by Pietro Baroni © horgenglarus.

Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus at Milan Design Week 2018 | Yellowtrace
‘Giants with Dwarf’ at Milan Design Week 2018. Photo by Claudio Grassi © horgenglarus.

Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus at Milan Design Week 2018 | Yellowtrace
Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for horgenglarus at Milan Design Week 2018 | Yellowtrace

‘Giants with Dwarf’ at Milan Design Week 2018. Photography by Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.


The making of ‘Giants with Dwarf’.

 


[Images courtesy of . Photography credits noted.]

 

About The Author

Sammy Preston

Sammy Preston is a writer, editor, and curator living in Sydney. Working especially within art and design, and then lifestyle and culture more broadly, Sammy is a senior writer at Broadsheet, and a contributing digital editor at Foxtel's Lifestyle platform. Sammy also contributes regularly to art and design press like VAULT Magazine, Art Collector, Art Edit, Habitus, and Indesign magazines. She's written art essays for MUSEUM, exhibition texts for Sophie Gannon Gallery, and has worked as an arts and culture editor for FBi Radio. In 2016, she worked as part of the editorial team for Indesign Magazine as digital editor during the publication's pivotal print and website redesign. Sammy was also the founding manager and curator of contemporary art space Gallery 2010—a curator-run initiative housed within a Surry Hills loading dock. The gallery hosted exhibitions with emerging and established artists from 2012 until 2016.

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