Die Revolution ist pink

Photos by Warren Wong and Ehimmetalor Akhere

Traditionelle „Männerprodukte“ (Werkzeuge, Rasierer, etc.) werden in Pink auf den Markt gebracht, um Frauen als neue Zielgruppe zu gewinnen. Häufig sind sie teurer als entsprechend gleichwertige Produkte für Männer (pink tax). Unternehmen geben sich einen pinken oder regenbogenfarbenden Anstrich für ein genderfreundliches Image (pink washing). Im Gegensatz dazu wird die weiblich konnotierte Sorgearbeit, die die Grundlage der menschlichen Existenz ist, schlecht oder gar nicht bezahlt und bekommt auch nur geringe gesellschaftlicher Anerkennung. Im Feminismus geht es nicht darum, einigen wenigen Frauen, die Türen in die Vorstandsetagen der DAX-Konzerne zu öffnen, während Unternehmen von der kostenlosen Wiederherstellung der Arbeitskraft der Menschen profitieren. Um die Ausbeutung durch das System zu überwinden braucht es eine Kultur der Solidarität und des Miteinander, die sich an den menschlichen Bedürfnissen orientiert. Lest Rosa (Luxemburg)!

Homo Narrans

Photos by Florian Klauer & Priscilla Gyamfi

In der Systematik der Biologie nach Carl von Linné (1741-1783) gehört der Mensch (homo sapiens, weise, gescheit, klug, vernünftig) zu der Familie der Primaten in der Klasse der Säugetiere. Die Bezeichnung „Primaten“ geht auf primus, lat. der Erste zurück und bezieht sich auf den Menschen als „Krone der Schöpfung“. Die Wahl der Wörter spiegelt das Selbstverständnis von Linné und das seiner Zeit wieder. Die biblische Weltsicht des Menschen als Herrscher, der sich die Welt untertan macht, blendet die naturwissenschaftlichen Realität, dass wir als (Säuge-)tiere in die Kreisläufe der Natur eingebunden sind, aus. Die Fähigkeit, zu sprechen und Geschichten zu erzählen, unterscheidet uns von anderen Tieren. Welche Geschichte wir uns über uns selbst erzählen, ist ein Schlüssel zur Veränderung, die wir brauchen, um die Welt zu retten. In dem Buch „Macht der Geschichten – Geschichten der Macht“ wird den Zusammenhängen von Sprache und der Macht, unsere Wirklichkeit zu gestalten, nachgegangen.

Blue Planet

Photos by Sumitkumar Sahare and Alexis Antoine

Pantone unveiled Classic Blue as the colour of 2020 as they announced the start of a new era. We have called the earth the “blue planet” since we took the first pictures from space 50 years ago, and that is because of the sheer amount of water on the surface. Those half century-old snapshots heralded the moment in human history when we experienced a shift in our perception of the earth, and our relationship with our planet changed. We no longer see her as dead matter, but as a living being to whom we are all connected. Now we have to let go of our old story of who we are to save our future. There is no planet B.

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Viva la Vida!

Photos by Miguel Bruna and Loz Pycock

The famous Mexican painter of German ancestry, Frida Kahlo, worked the physical and emotional pain of her tragic life in her paintings, where real elements merged with fantasy. Her naive artistic style is inspired by traditional Mexican folk art. On numerous self-portraits, and in her everyday life, she liked to wear colourful Tehuana costumes and updos with flowers, like the women of Oaxaca and expressing her connection to her indigenous roots. Even if she did not correspond to the common ideal of beauty, she was on the cover of Vogue in 1939. After her death in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera decreed to keep Frida’s personal wardrobe locked for 50 years. To this day, her style inspires the fashion world. She was also involved in social and political issues and she became the icon of the American-Mexican Chicano Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Today she is a cult figure of feminism and gender equality. Her face is depicted on t-shirts and many other products.

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What’s hot?

Although the word “hot” is a synonym for hip, in or trendy, in terms of fashions, in this case I mean it literally: experience a road trip through the silence and vastness of the desert regions of this earth. Who would have thought it possible that of all the unfriendly wastelands on the planet, seemingly uninhabitable landscapes could become the inspiration for new living trends? 

Photo by Boris Ulzibat and Trang Nguyen

Nomad Chic

The golden sand dunes of the Sahara are magical and full of sublime beauty. It is the home of the Bedouins and Berbers, nomadic tribes, who to this day ride camels through the desert and pitch their tents with colourful woven kilims with geometric patterns and fluffy Berber rugs on the floor in oases under date palms at night. This trend is dominated by bright colours such as cream, sandy beige and stony grey. Accessories made of natural materials such as woven baskets or macramé pendants bring summer moods into the home. Orientalism, luxuriously interspersed with gold, silver and copper. Inspirations.

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Bee happy

Photos by Mamun Srizon and Kamil Szumotalski

Bees don’t only produce honey, they are responsible for pollinating many plants and therefore they are the important animal for nutrition of humanity and biodiversity of this planet. Because of monocultures, reduction of agricultural land, use of pesticides, viruses, pathogens and climate change, there is an alarming mortality rate of bees. Urban beekeeping became a big trend because he plants in gardens, parks and cemeteries are less contaminated with pesticides. We can help by planting bee-friendly plants in our garden or balcony like lavender and lupine, currant and raspberry, melon and pumpkins, and herbs like sage, rosemary and peppermint. And you can also use these plants, especially the blooms, as inspiration for the design of your product. Designs with bees, beetles and other insects are very popular. Be(e) happy, because happy people don’t destroy our planet.

My favourite product, which I discovered at Ambiente, is bee wax wrap, a natural alternative to plastic wrapping for food storage, and which can be made very easily by yourself.

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Ich bin Designerin und Aktivistin. Ich liebe die Natur und das Leben. Die meiste Zeit verbringe ich damit, herauszufinden, wie wir in diesen Schlamassel gekommen sind und wie wir wieder herausfinden.

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