For the second issue of AH Journal we relocated to Berlin for a selective look at the trends and new approaches to retail, the particularities of material culture and bright ideas that contribute to the local creative ecosystem. In the sculptures of Lindsay Lawson personal objects are transformed into contemporary archeolocial artefacts while industrially manufactrued products are given new presentations at the Museum of Things. Berlin is also home to a tech-savvy community of entreprenuers, and some of them are putting forward innovative ideas for re-invigorating old crafts or creating one-of-a kind marketplaces. In the preparation for the opening of the ambitious new museum of cultures in the heart of the city, a radical ‘labratory project’ was developed – bringing curators, designers, artists, and scientists together to experiment with new exhibition formats.

Lindsay Lawson. Beyond the Inner Lives of Objects.150430_Lawson_002aThe Berlin based artist talks creative process, being an eBay user and the possibility of object reality.
The Legacy Of Deutscher Werkbund At The Museum Of Things.
The displays inisde this small museum are an invitation to discover and retrieve the lost aura of everyday consumer culture.
Say It in Neon. The new popularity of glowing signs. 

Designing a neon sign.

Neon signs stand at the intersection of design, craft and technology. They are a hand-crafted product of the art of glass blowing and bending, which we are in danger of losing.
Between Global & Local – How is digital reshaping the design market?
While curated marketplaces are aiming for more experiential and personalized online environments, concepts stores are becoming more of a rule then an exception.
Objects in Flux – Experiments At the Humboldt Lab Dahlem.
Humboldt Lab Dahlem was a unique experiment that explored new and contemporary ways of exhibiting the non-European objects.