Trix and Robert Haussmann

An alphabetical Walk

02.03.2002 - 26.05.2002
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm,
Wen 10am-8pm
Galerie, Ausstellungsstr. 60

This exhibition dedicated to the work of Trix and Robert Haussmann uses sketches, photographs, models and objects to guide us through five decades of work by this Swiss husband-and-wife architect and designer team. The material is arranged thematically, and includes such familiar projects as the Kronenhalle Bar in Zurich, the Galleria in Hamburg and the underground shopping precinct in Zurich's main station, and also educational material, furniture for Knoll International and de Sede, and much more. The surprising feature is not just the enormous spectrum covered, ranging from items of daily use, furniture and architectural work to urban planning, but also the rich repertoire of expressive design resources the couple deploy. The Haussmanns combine form and function in unusual ways, sometimes provocatively, sometimes playfully or illusionistically. This approach laid the foundations for their international reputation, and regularly provided the international design world with striking development ideas. In the late seventies and early eighties in particular, Trix and Robert Haussmann, who often applied a theoretical planning grid to design questions, were among the most influential pioneers of new (Swiss) views on design.