Charles and Ray Eames wrote, “The details are not the details; they make the product”. So true. So what if you really examine those details and reinterpret them. Offering a completely new experience on the traditional and bringing awareness to the simplicities in our everyday lives.
That’s exactly what Hayo Gebauer is doing with his self-titled studio. This Berlin-based industrial designer owns a practice specialising in furniture, lighting and object design. Graduating from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Gebauer’s ‘Ogle Chair’ in 2019 has now received the Red Dot Award for its innovative shape and strong, powerful appearance. Definitely well deserved!
I’m a furniture lover at heart, so the stools, chairs and side tables are an obvious highlight, but some of the smaller objects also captured my attention thanks to their straight forward approach and inherent simplicity. The ‘Fold’ handle for example is a simple door handle with a flat paddle-like design. The ‘Bender’ bottle opener has similar vibes. Both must be a pleasure to use each day.
There aren’t necessarily obvious elements that hit you in the face, but there are small details matched with simple forms built on functional systems that must make life that little bit easier. Now that’s the true power of good design.