Design
Art and design are at the center of a semantic battle. Design can serve the purpose of making things attractive, easy to use, evocative, or simply functional. But unlike fine art, with design, there’s a mission, a problem to be solved. Some in the fine art community look down on design as a lesser form of expression; not free...
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solar eclipse
“It’s difficult to make predictions,” the great Danish physicist Niels Bohr liked to say, “especially about the future” – a proverb that captured quite elegantly the gap between what is real and what we can prove. So Bohr hung a horseshoe over his door for luck. As the evidence of climate change piles up all around us, the remaining cosmic truths can...
trams
Push the button, climb the high steps and plop yourself down on a polished wooden seat. The seat’s design has an inward slope, so with every twist and turn you slide back or to the side. The ticket validating machines make a funny noise when there’s a bump on the rails, and the signal bell clangs every so often...
green party
With the Greens absorbed in internecine warfare, the prospects for a progressive left agenda look increasingly dim With just a month until the parliamentary elections, the Greens are in disarray. Since the first of the year, their support has dropped by half in public polling. In May, they exchanged one unpopular leader for another, swapping out Eva Glawischnig for EU parliamentarian...
face veil ban
While banning the face veil may be within Europe’s rights, is it the right thing to do? First, let’s get one thing straight, the niqab, and the burqa are not the same thing. While both are additions to the hijab, a general term used to describe covering of the head, face or body out of modesty, the niqab covers the...
austrian news
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s Austrian News. Austria’s Football and Volleyball Teams Finish Strong At the European Women’s Football Championship in the Netherlands, Austria’s team made it to the semifinals, sparking widespread enthusiasm from their countrymen (and -women) who are unaccustomed to football glory. Shortly after, it was the men’s time to shine as Austria’s duo of Clemens Doppler and...
digital humansim
MAK director Christoph Thun-Hohenstein on the resonance of objects, digital humanism and how we can design our way out of the singularity Every day, as the sun rises over the rooftops of the Ringstrasse, the red brick building across from Stubentor comes alive. The façade of the Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK) is only surpassed by the ornate ceiling frescoes...
Vienna design history
In Vienna, with so much arts and culture, design may seem like an afterthought. In fact, it's all around us, shaping how we live, eat and dress The starched fabric rustles as it’s straightened, a tapeline whizzes – all you hear is your own shallow breath. The deliberate touch of rough, needle pricked hand steadies you and, after a few...
neue galerie new york art
The Old World has no claim to great European art. A magnificent gallery showcases Vienna’s treasures in the Big Apple Europeans like to believe that they have the culture and the taste and Americans have the money. It’s a comforting if arrogant illusion, quickly evaporating for a visitor to the Neue Galerie on New York’s Museum Mile. This is the...
profile industrial designer
Design is not just a profession, it's a way of life. Whether it's on the runway, backstage, on the go or online, these designers both live and love what they do Industrial Designer, Spirit Design Daniel Huber, 49, can show his children what he does in pretty much the same way they can show him what they do. Kids bring things...
profile fashion design icon
Design is not just a profession, it's a way of life. Whether it's on the runway, backstage, on the go or online, these designers both live and love what they do Fashion Designer Susanne Bisovsky’s salon is like a secret garden. But the blossoms here come in bouquets of crocheted flowers, painted roses on antique tins, and, of course, the exquisite,...
profiles costume designer
Design is not just a profession, it's a way of life. Whether it's on the runway, backstage, on the go or online, these designers both live and love what they do Stage, Video and Costume Designer As I walk into a boutique in the 1st district, a slim, attractive shopkeeper is closing up for the evening. Her makeup is perfect, her...
profile designer
Design is not just a profession, it’s a way of life. Whether it’s on the runway, backstage, on the go or online, these designers both live and love what they do Designer Over a recent summer weekend at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, one remote corner of the otherwise deserted academic building was buzzing with activity. An interim workshop? An...
how to viennese design art
You don’t need to be an artist’s muse to live like Alma Mahler. Vienna is bustling with design pieces that can turn your flat into a stylish Gesamtkunstwerk Your tranquil urban island has seen better days? What you need are just the right Viennese design elements to transform your living space. But where to find them? Like the turn of...
virtual reality film architecture design
Astonishing spoiled moviegoers is no small task. Marrying virtual reality with architecture, a Viennese company is dazzling audiences By Susanne Gottlieb & Dardis McNamee It is rare in film that a prop achieves the stature of player – Rosebud in Citizen Kane, perhaps, or the Maltese Falcon, or maybe the chess pieces in the Thomas Crown Affair, or the clay pot...
online banking erste bank
We asked board member Thomas Schaufler about designing Erste Bank’s online banking platform George In Austria, banking has not always moved with the times. From the persistence of the transfer slip (Erlagschein) to the popularity of the savings account, progress has been conservative in terms of innovation. So who better to design a burgeoning new way to do banking than...
bicycle bike birthday travel
While we no longer ride out with a lamp and a whistle, cycling today has become a part of life "I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like” are the lyrics of a famous Queen song. Freddie Mercury may never have ridden his bike through Vienna, although he played here often enough, but he...
unesco world heritage
Cities bask in UNESCO world heritage status. But what happens if it conflicts with modern city planning? When Vienna’s Historic Center was officially added to the list of World Heritage Sites in December 2001, mayor Michael Häupl called it a “milestone” in the city’s history. It was unusual, that the center of a thriving, growing metropolis of nearly two million...
vienna design week
Vienna's Design Week is a feast of ideas that reveal the many ways design enhances our lives Given any traveler’s willingness to pay for charm, it’s a wonder how many miserable corners fill our world. “It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people,” quipped the American urbanist William H. Whyte in his brilliant documentary The Social...
grätzl vienna neustift am walde
There’s no question: Vienna loves its wine and the traditions that go with it. And few areas of the city encapsulate Vienna’s enduring love for liquid cheer than sleepy, picturesque Neustift am Walde. Straddling the western outskirts of the 18th and 19th districts and near the Höhenstrasse, Vienna’s scenic Wienerwald thoroughfare, Neustift am Walde retains a distinct village ambiance, despite...
Magic Flute Zauberflöte Mozart
Enchanting and confusing, Die Zauberflöte returns to the house it helped build However you look at it, the story is confusing. Somehow, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is a fairy tale: There’s a dragon, some magic, a quest, good and evil, a couple earning their happy ever after. But there are also side stories and pre-stories and allusions to...
hip hop music dj shadow
The alternative hip-hop legend returns with a new album in tow A seminal figure among turntablists, DJ Shadow (Josh Davis) greatly contributed to popularizing instrumental hip-hop, putting it on the map with his celebrated 1996 debut album, the classic Endtroducing….. Inspired by pioneers like Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa, who defined hip-hop as “eliminating genre barriers in music,” he remains true...
waves festival music
The international showcase festival and conference presents indie rock and club culture in all its glory Presenting the city’s clubscape alongside the finest up-and-coming artists, the Waves Festival rides abreast of hidden musical currents, powering into its seventh year with a promising lineup and numerous talks for industry insiders. Remaining true to course, the focus is firmly on the central European...
vienna art fair contemporary
No longer in its infancy, Viennacontemporary asserts itself as the leading art marketplace in Austria The best art fairs offer a little something for everyone – after all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and each work speaks in a different voice to different people. Fortunately for the city’s culture vultures, Viennacontemporary offers just that, evolving over the...
art exhibition vienna albertina
A new show on the Renaissance polymath demonstrates the creative process of a genius Mentioned in the same breath as Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael is a veritable titan whose immense ability as an artist, draughtsman and architect has stood the test of time. Yet Rome wasn’t built in a day – and neither is a masterpiece, with many steps before...
art vienna exhibition leopold museum
One of Austria’s finest expressionists receives his first major show in over 50 years With a dynamic and dazzling figural style marked by a fierce composition of colors, Anton Kolig may be the greatest Austrian expressionist you’ve never heard of. Somewhat overshadowed by his contemporaries Schiele and Kokoschka, he nonetheless remains a major figure of the first half of the...
buskers festival karlsplatz vienna
The Buskers Festival enlivens Karlsplatz with world-class performers Since time immemorial, humanity has been fascinated with unusual feats of derring- do, turning to jugglers, jesters, jackanapes and troubadours for amusement. Their modern successors, street artists, continue their legacy on the high streets, giving relief from the daily pendeln (commute) and this month, some of the very best will assemble in...
john waters show performance
Cinematic legend John Waters continues his crusade against the tyranny of good taste Since his seminal releases in the 1970s, John Waters has amassed a litany of dubious monikers: The Pope of Trash, The Sultan of Smut, The Prince of Puke. Such epithets would push most artists into an early retirement, but the producer and director of the cult movie...
city spies espionage thriller movie
A film crew captures Vienna’s clandestine allure for the espionage thriller City of Spies The backdrop certainly isn’t reassuring: I’m in front of a vape shop on a deserted backstreet in a dubious part of Favoriten, Vienna’s rundown 10th district, nervously double-checking the time and address on my email. The newly painted storefront – plugging vials of flavored nicotine for...
film britain monarch queen victoria
The human side of Britain’s iconic monarch is shown in a softer light No stranger to royals, after humanizing Queen Elisabeth II in the critically-acclaimed The Queen, director Stephen Frears returns to matters of court to give Queen Victoria similar treatment. An adaptation of Shrabani Basu’s book of the same name, based on Her Majesty’s personal correspondence, Academy Award winner...
film festival horror
Austria’s annual frightfest is more than just gore, celebrating the weird and fantastical While more conventional cinematic aficionados spend the entire year looking forward to the Viennale, a small but rather rabid community are marking their calendars a month earlier: For eight years in a row, the Slash Film Festival has been a point of pilgrimage for fans of fantastic,...
book review janek wassermann vienna
Janek Wasserman takes a closer look at conservative discontent in Red Vienna during the interwar period It is the victors who write the history, Winston Churchill once said. In his case, of course, he wrote it himself, in six legendary volumes that established the importance of Britain’s role in winning World War II. And while certainly selective, even prejudicial, it...
book review vienna charles brackett billy wilde
The recently published diaries of Sunset Boulevard screenwriter Charles Brackett, on Hollywood and the half-mad world of Viennese émigré director Billy Wilder In his first entry on June 7, 1932 Charles Brackett describes his decision to start keeping a diary on a “not particularly significant day” – while unemployment just hit 23.6 per cent and America is lurching off the...
street style fashion
As a fashion phenomenon, street style arose at the end of the 20th century and has since developed into a billion-dollar industry that perfectly caters to swagger heavy coolness aficionados. In this world it seems that each snapshot is a frozen moment in life, no one is posing, and today it’s become a hot topic for Instagram starlets (see...
brands watch design
Design and craftsmanship are often paired with a legacy business. These designers have not only left their mark on the world of accessories, but their brands have stood the test of time. SWAROVSKI Daniel Swarovski learned the family craft of glass cutting from his father and patented an electric glass-cutting machine in the alpine town of Wattens in 1892. Three years...
local finds vienna shopping
Whether they’re rethinking the world of retail, creating designs for kiddies or offering top-notch pampering, these insider favorites should not be missed. Dotkind The Danes are famous for their designers and thankfully they don’t stop at kiddie fashion. In a quirky little store in the 7th district you’ll find top quality kids wear and accessories. Your stylish kids can relax in...
favorite things
Designed in cooperation with the Austrian designer Rainer Mutsch, this timepiece is a unique construction using asymmetrical oval shapes to give a three-dimensional impression. The minimalist design has all indications of standing the test of time. €2,120 rado.com These stitchless laser cut designs with futuristic flair are waterproof and have a bionic breathable membrane. Thanks to fashion designer Steven Tai this brand...
vienna heurigen express vineyards
Rest your weary feet and take Vienna’s Heurigen Express to some of the city’s most charming Buschenschänke Having lived in Vienna for seven years, you’d think I’d seen it all. Little did I know there is a world of fruit covered greenery ripening just beyond my daily beat. As summer comes to a close, the tour buses veer north to...
swingtime volksgarten vienna
Swingtime adds a touch of class to the after work scene The timing may vary but, at some point, city dwellers invariably have the same epiphany: The club scene is boring. The epileptic strobe lights, asthmatic smoke machines, disproportionate expenses (€10 or more at the door, extortionist rates at the bar and not counting the kebab after and cab ride...
morrocan food lorient
The cuisine of Morocco at L’Orient combines warm spices with a carefully designed space In Arabic, khattat means calligrapher, the scribe whose perfectly formed lines transform text into art. A similar transformation is happening at L’Orient, where owner Mustapha Khattat presents the culture and cuisine of Morocco, turning seemingly simple food into understated delicacies. The 2nd district’s Rotensterngasse is a nondescript...
food restaurant rien
The pop-up restaurant Rien recaptures the intellectual and artistic spirit of the legendary Café Griensteidl Establishments rise and fall in the gastronomic world, yet when a legendary institution goes under the aftershock lingers. It was no different last June, when the famous Café Griensteidl, a center of Vienna’s literati that counted the likes of Arthur Schnitzler, Stefan Zweig and Hugo...
carinthia worthersee travel
From jet setters to families, Carinthia's Wörthersee is the waterfront escape Austrians keep coming back to The Alps have no shortage of glitzy winter resorts, but when it comes to summer getaways none can top the Wörthersee for glamour: the largest of the 1,270 lakes dotting scenic Carinthia, it has long been synonymous with luxury and high society, making an...
sports vienna croquet
Croquet has a small but fervent fan base in Austria The first challenge you face when discussing croquet in Austria is explaining that it’s not the same thing as cricket. The concept of both, it’s fair to say, is pretty vague in these parts. The fact that both sports have a reputation for Englishness and involve people dressed in white,...
vienna on demand city guide
A new collection of globally-minded hotspots and shops to discover! To advertise please contact ads@metropole.at LORETTA COSIMA DECOR BOUTIQUE The beautiful shop, with its own label and screen printing workshop, offers carefully curated products from Austria and the world. You can discover a mix of designers for interior decoration, jewelry, and accessories, stationery as well as beautiful products for the little ones. Mon-Fri, 10:30-18:00,...
last word schiach
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet. SCHIACH adjective. Ugly, unattractive, aesthetically displeasing. Has expanded over the years into a catchall descriptor for anything unpleasant: Previously used mostly in reference to people, clothes, contemporary art and modern architecture, nowadays situations, moods,...
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