Airworld: Design and Architecture for Air Travel – An exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum,Germany

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August 15th - November 9th, 2008
August 14th at 5:00 pm
Daelim Contemporary Art Museum
Daelim Contemporary Art Museum , Vitra Design Museum
Goethe-Institut Korea , Laurence Geoffrey's
Seoul Metropolitan, Samsonite, Lufthansa, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd., Woori Bank, Lotte Insurance co.,ltd , Kyobo Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Eero Saarinen, TWA Terminal, Idlewild Airport (today John F. Kennedy International Airport), New York, 1956–62 ©ESTO
Paul Andreu, Airport Roissy Charles de Gaulle, terminal 1, 1967–74
Walter Dorwin Teague, Interior design of the Tiger Lounge for a mock-up of the Boeing 747, 1970©Photo: Teague
Wolf Karnagel, Lufthansa inflight tableware, 1985 ©Photo: Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Wolf Karnagel, Lufthansa inflight tableware, 1985 ©Photo: Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Werner Machnik, Lufthansa flight attendant uniform, 1970–79 ©Photo: Deutsche Lufthansa AG

In the pioneering age of air travel, the interiors of passenger planes often emulated other means of transportation like the boat or train, or even, as in the Dornier Do X airboat, the domestic atmosphere of a living room. But due to technical progress, increasing professionalism, and the rapid growth of international air travel, the passenger cabins of the aeroplanes began to develop their own characteristic style. A number of prominent industrial designers played a key role in this development, including Norman Bel Geddes, Henry Dreyfuss, Walter Dorwin Teague, and Raymond Loewy.

The exhibits document their work for aeroplane manufacturers and airlines with more than a dozen models of the most important aeroplanes, hundreds of archival photographs and historical film material, spanning from Norman Bel Geddes’ visionary Airliner N° 4 (1929) – a gigantic aeroplane with its own concert hall, tennis fields, and a solarium – through the Junkers Ju-52, the Douglas DC3, the Boeing B377 Stratocruiser, the Jumbo Jet and the Concorde, up to a current study of a so-called Blended Wing Body (2003), which is intended to seat almost 1000 passengers.

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