Hans Hollein and Superstudio's Histograms

I am fascinated by visual connections. It's almost like trying to decipher the hidden code behind the things that surrounds us...I know, I am getting a bit too conceptual now, so here is a good example of what I mean.

The other day I stumbled upon these sunglasses designed by Hans Hollein in 1973. They, in turn, reminded me of this book I read, as a design student, on the radical architecture and design movement Superstudio, I still have it in fact! Neatly stacked between Folding Techniques For Designers and Bruno Munari's Design as Art books. In the late 60s Superstudio theorised the reductive process of design and striped the object down to it's essential meaning. Theirs was a reaction to the traditionalist design establishment in Italy which favoured nostalgic references to Italian Art's glorious past.

photo from the Hans Hollein website


photo from the Hans Hollein website



The connection between Hollein's sunglasses and Superstudio's futuristic landscapes and histogram furniture I am making is not just superficial, I think Hollein's objective was to reduce sunglasses to their essence. I find visual connections so appealing because they tempt you into finding out more about the thought process behind each element of the connection.

Superstudio archive

Superstudio archive

Superstudio archive

Superstudio archive




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