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Laufen Presents/ A Curated Art Show. What?

Laufen is proud to build on the foundations of tradition and skills passed down through generations, recognizing the true value of knowledge and history. At the same time, the company is firmly rooted in the present, consciously taking stock of the past in order to channel resources and energies into constant evolution. To this end, Laufen makes choices with an eye toward innovation, in pursuit of ever higher standards of quality and aesthetics, forging into the future with an advanced, enterprising attitude.

The first Laufen kilns transformed clay into ceramic 125 years ago when expert hands shaped the material with great skill and delicate sensitivity. Even today that material and those hands are the true reference points of the company, constants in all its manifestations, bridging the gap between past and future.

A Curated Art Show. What? is the title of this traveling exhibition that made its debut in March at the German Architecture Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt and was created to celebrate the anniversary of Laufen. Curated by Beda Achermann, the exhibition includes sculptures by personalities from the world of art, architecture, and design, including Atelier Oï, Stefano Giovannoni, Konstantin Grcic, Alfredo Häberli, Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer, Toan Nguyen, Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, Patricia Urquiola, Nissen Wentzlaff, and Peter Wirz.

The concept is based on a three-dimensional platform of art, a collection of high-tech, abstract, and crafty objects. Added to the artistic element, parts of the sculptures have been produced using new technologies, some of which are making a world premiere in ceramics. An exhibition of seventeen objects document the essence of the Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen— its reference points, beliefs, aspirations, values, and milestones, translated from abstract to figurative, from handmade to digital fabrication in vitreous china, SaphirKeramik, coated sand, LCC, varia resin, and plaster.

The resultant landscape is of differently executed objects, formally autonomous, but also forming a strong statement to the fascinating material ceramic.