PPAG 3 design products in the context of 3 built products
PPAG, the Viennese architecture firm run by Anna Popelkaand Georg Poduschka, presents three new pieces of furniturein the context of three recently completed architectureprojects during Dutch Design Week 2015. The presentationwill take place in Vertigo, the Eindhoven University ofTechnology's Built Environment Department building.In recent months PPAG has surprised many with theirspectacular rise to the top of the international rankingof architecture firms (according to Baunetz in Germany):in the spring of 2015 they rose from #42 to #9 (and havemaintained their top 10 position).
What has impressed the world of architecture critics andlovers in particular is PPAG's alterations of the Steirereckrestaurant in Vienna. They were able to mobilize thebudget for an experiment in architecture with windowsthat slide upwards (above the roof) thus creating in goodweather what looks like an installation while inside aworld of comfort is given form in which each table anda hemispheric rear wall form its own world in order toenjoy the cuisine (made by a restaurant which is rankednumber 15 in the world). A form of luxury expression hasbeen found here which is playful and adventurous. An eyecatcher in the exhibition is the furniture which has beenspecially designed for handbags, placed next to the table,and when stacked can also serve as a room divider.What links PPAG to the Dutch tradition of architecture is aschool complex in which the legacy of 'structuralism' hasmutated and been updated. The school complex in Viennasurprises with an entirely new concept of learning, completewith a new type of table. Both the school complexand the table have been developed by PPAG in collaborationwith Ali Seghatoleslami and Lilli Pschill.
PPAG is chiefly known for their street furniture, Enzi, whichwas developed for Vienna's museum quarter. Since thenthis piece of furniture has been placed in public spaces ofmany cities including, for example, on a square in front ofa theater in Rotterdam. PPAG has since developed a newfurniture model, the 'Twins': like Enzi, this furniture invitesone to sit upon it in an informal way. This variant is moresuited for places which do not per se need to appeal to theallure of metropolitan squares: they also work very wellnear schools and in residential areas.