A Curated Art Show. What?

Auf der Vienna Design Week 29. Sept bis 8. Okt 11-20 Uhr

Festivalzentrale Süd, Sparkassaplatz 4, Wien 15

Laufen ist Teil der VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, Österreichs größtem Designfestival. Gezeigt wird eine Landschaft aus unterschiedlich ausgeführten Skulpturen, formal autonom, bildet ein starkes Statement zum faszinierenden Material Keramik. Laufen feiert seinen 125. Geburtstag.

Von abstrakt bis figurativ, von handmade bis zur digitalen Fabrikation in 3D Druck werden Bezugspunkte, Motivation, Werte und Meilensteine des Unternehmens künstlerisch interpretiert.

A Digitally Fabricated New World. What?

Talk und Aperitif – 5. Okt. Empfang ab 17.00, Talk 17.30


Hat additive Fertigung das Potenzial Märkte radikal zu verändern? Ist sie Alternative, Ergänzung oder Revolution der klassischen Fertigungsmethoden? Wie verändert der Einsatz von künstlicher Intelligenz und Robotik den Design- und Fabrikationsprozess? Applikationen und eingesetzte Materialien im digitalen Bauen und in der keramischen Industrie.

Teilnehmer: UNIV.-PROF. Benjamin Dillenburger Professor Digitale Bautechnologien ITA, Institut für Technologie in der Architektur, ETH Zürich; Dr. Johannes Homa Lithoz GmbH; Dr. Werner Fischer Research Director Laufen; Diplom-Volkswirt Marc Viardot Vorstand Laufen Austria AG und Director Marketing & Products Laufen Bathrooms AG
Moderation Christine Schwaiger Univ.Prof. NDU.

a curated art show. What?

The curated concept is based on a three-dimensional platform of art, a collection of high-tech, abstract and craft objects. Added to the artistic element, part of the objects are produced in new technologies, some of which are a world premiere in the ceramic world.

An exhibition of 17 objects white in white document the essence of the Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen; its reference points, beliefs, aspirations, values and milestones, translated from abstract to figurative, from handmade to digital fabrication in Vitreous China, Saphirkeramik, Coated Sand, LCC, Varia Resin and Plaster.

The landscape of differently executed topics at the end, formally autonomous, but also as a strong statement to the fascinating material ceramic was designed by: by Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer, Flag, Stefano Giovannoni, Konstantin Grcic, Alfredo Häberli, Toan Nguyen, Nissen Wentzlaff, Atelier oï, Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, Patricia Urquiola, Peter Wirz and Studio Achermann.

Wirz Grcic Aebi Palomba

Conceiving, designing, shaping and perfecting ceramic is an art as well as a craft, and the result is both a product and an object.
Design: Flag – Bastien Aubry, Dimitri Broquard
Clay, modelled by hand, air-dried,
14 × 30 × 20 cm
Time only goes in one direction.
But we give it form.
Design: Patricia Urquiola
A mix of polymer cast ance ceramic, binder jetting (powder bed 3D printing), infiltrated
5 × 19 × 19 cm,
Producer: my3dworld GmbH
Everything begins with cleanliness.
It is the start and the finish.
Design: Konstantin Grcic
Polymers and silica sand, binder jetting (powder bed 3D printing), infiltrated and painted
145 × 80 × 57 cm,
Producer: Christenguss AG
A designer’s noblest task is that of precision.
We can create it.
Design: Atelier oï
Dense high-performance ceramic (aluminium oxide Al2O3), light –stereolithography (liquid material 3D printing process)
25 × 10 × 10 cm
Producer: cooperation partner Lithoz GmbH
In order to decide upon the one perfect form,
one must have fully contemplated all the others.
Design: Prof. Benjamin Dillenburger, Michael Hansmeyer; Development: Chair für Digital Building Technologies (ETH Zürich)
Polymers and silica sand, binder jetting (powder bed 3D printing), infiltrated and painted
68 × 62 × 45 cm
Producer: Christenguss AG
True teamwork is not a deal.
It is a culture.
Design: Alfredo Häberli
Grinding ball, coated, glazed and sintered SaphirKeramik,
8 × 6 × 50 cm
Producer: Laufen Bathrooms AG, Gmunden factory
We can't take credit for the mountains.
But everything else of which we are proud, we develop one step further every day.
Design: Peter Wirz
Fine fireclay, cast by hand using a shaped mould, glazed and sintered
20 × 84 × 23 cm
Producer: Laufen Bathrooms AG, Gmunden factory


A long-standing partner of “Salon Suisse”, an official Swiss contribution to the Venice Biennale organised by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Laufen also sponsored in 2016 the Release Architecture — Incidental Space issue of ARCH+, co-edited by Christian Kerez & Sandra Oehy, which sheds light on the theoretical background of the contribution of the Swiss Pavilion.

As part of the Architecture during Art Symposium, an annual symposium established by Laufen and held at the same time as Art Basel, the participants met up again in Switzerland to exchange ideas. The keynote speakers were Christian Kerez and Benjamin Dillenburger, who took part in the implementation of Incidental Space as Professor of Digital Building Technologies in the Architecture Department at ETH Zurich.

Fascinated by the topic of additive manufacturing, Laufen first spoke in Zurich to Prof. Dillenburger, Prof. Hansmeyer from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and Mr. Christen, of the firm Christenguss, and then headed to the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin. Talks with Prof Günster (BAM), Dipl.-Ing. Mühler (TU Clausthal) and Prof. Dillenburger (ETH) are leading into the future. This exhibition includes a sculpture by Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger developed at the Chair of Digital Building Technologies.


Dr. Fischer, Laufen’s Research Director, first worked with TU Clausthal in 2008 to create the world’s very first functional 3D-printed toilet. It was built and processed on a scale of 1:10 from Laufen’s own vitreous china suspension.

Its complex component geometry is built from ceramic suspension by way of layer-wise slurry deposition (LSD). The ceramic layers are solidified by selective laser sintering (SLS). In this state, sanitary ceramic components can undergo regular glazing, decorating and sintering. These components look no different than those parts which are produced conventionally.


The Atelier oï Saphirkeramik sculpture displayed in this exhibition was produced using a 3D print process developed by our business associates at the company Lithoz. Lithoz is a worldwide leader in innovation, and was the first company to process high-performance ceramics in a 3D print process with extremely high density, resistance and the utmost in precision. The finished parts boast the same material characteristics as those of conventionally produced ceramics.

Their patented technology is based on the selective mask exposure of a photosensitive resin containing homogeneously- dispersed ceramic particles. During structuring, a green body — a composite of ceramic powder and an organic polymer matrix — is created. Photopolymers form the basic structure of the component, and serve as a binder between the ceramic particles. The photopolymers are then removed by pyrolysis during debinding, and the ceramic particles are thickly sintered in the concluding sintering process.


Generative or additive manufacturing is an automated process for producing three-dimensional objects from 3D CAD datasets, without the use of tools. 3D printing is based on the layer building principle. One often refers to an “additive” process because the material is added one step at a time. Although 3D printing has been around since the 1980s, it has only just started to be used industrially with sustainable high-performance or silicate ceramics during the last few years.


in alphabetical order


Beda Achermann and his team manage to successfully merge art and commerce: With their network of internationally renowned photographers and artists they produce highly collectible publications and advertising.


Trained architects who focus on digital fabrication aiming to create an architecture that defies classification and reductionism. They explore unseen levels of resolution and topological complexity in architecture by developing compositional strategies based on purely geometric processes.


Bastien Aubry and Dimitri Broquard are based in Zurich, Switzerland. The focus of their work focuses essentially on art and cultural projects. In addition, both designers teach at art schools in Switzerland.


The expressive form of designer and architect Stefano Giovannoni virtuously play with the symbols and metaphors of the subconscious and fascinate with their narrative qualities.


The designs of Konstantin Grcic are characterized by careful research and a great passion for technology and materials.


Alfredo Häberlis’ designs unite tradition and innovation, joy and energy. His work is strongly influenced by his early childhood in Argentina, as well as by his curiosity and studies of everyday life.


A keen sense of the trends and developments in society and the environment is a characteristic feature of the designer Toan Nguyen.


“How can a building ensemble grow, how will it change and what are the constants that create identity and ensure spatial quality?” These questions guide and define the credo of Laufen Forum architects, the Basel based Nissen Wentzlaff.


Diversity is the hallmark of the Swiss Atelier oï, from La Neuville by Lake Biel. With playfulness and joy, Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and Patrick Reymond question established norms.


Italian design: the versatile architects and designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, have made an international name for themselves.


The designs of Patricia Urquiola are unconventional, emphatic, and experimental, blending humanist sensibilities and technical expertise – qualities that also inform her work as an architect.


Design of the human touch: this is the credo of Vetica, with headquarters in Lucerne. Designer Peter Wirz and his inter-disciplinary, international team regard themselves as ideas people.

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