This year the multi-disciplinary ideas playground that is HORT turns twenty. However instead of celebrating with a self congratulatory retrospective of their past work, they’re doing something a little different.
Based on the work created at a residential artistic retreat at the prestigious Villa Massimo in Rome, 20Y HORT will feature pieces created in the same collaborative and experimental way as HORT have always worked; but this time outside of their Berlin base, without their usual safety net of references and support. The team that joined HORT founder Eike Konig included Mick Burman, Nathan Cowen, Serafine Frey, Jacob Klein, Tim Rehm, Tim Schmitt, Tim Sürken and Sera Yong.
HORT isn’t a certain style or a set place. It’s a feeling and a way of working. Part of the ethos behind the studio came from Eike’s humbling realization that his skills were limited. Instead of being crippled by this, it inspired him to create a network of talented people who were brilliant at the things he couldn’t master. This is the ongoing driving force behind HORT – a youthful exchange of energy and ideas between people to create the best work possible.
The Villa Massimo residency and subsequent work which features in 20Y HORT reflect a concentrated version of what HORT stands for – the need to challenge your surroundings and yourself, to work as a collaborative unit across disciplines and without prejudice – in that, it makes the perfect way to celebrate their momentous 20th anniversary.
We’ll also be hosting a dinner event curated by Eike Konig on Wednesday 10 September. Not only is this a chance to join us for a three course dinner & three inspiring speakers but you’ll get to take a sneak peak at the exhibition before it opens to the public. Tickets are limited and available to buy here.
20Y HORT is part of the London Design Festival, ICON Design Trail and Shoreditch Design Triangle.
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