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Discover Germany | Design | Thomas Poganitsch & No Hats

Design which bursts boundaries Thomas Poganitsch design stands for simplicity, elegance, restraint and sobriety. His creations show how forms can be simple but, at the same time, visually communicate various values. Entirely produced by hand in his small Vienna atelier, his products have a high recognition value. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: THOMAS POGANITSCH

Ceramic birds with a silk-matte surface, small concrete birds, birds with a silver or copper finish or coated in leaf gold – Thomas Poganitsch’s creations can simply be attached to indoor as well as outdoor walls with some nails. Water and weatherproof, the birds decorate, but can also be used as a wall hook, coat hanger or as a jewellery holder. “What fascinates me in design is the poetry behind products and forms, the mood and emotion a product stands for, as well as the integrated communication of ideas and values,”Poganitsch explains. He adds:“The bird means something positive for me, something like upsurge, independ-

ence and outbreak. I think good design lives off values behind it and communicates something that is not visual.” Completely handmade by himself in Austria, Poganitsch’s birds are simple but yet full of value. The restrained design of birds are a true eye-catcher on each wall. Whether on wood, concrete or building walls, the birds merge with the surface and form impressive light and shadow games which change with different irradiations. Poganitsch says:“Constant change as a sign of dynamics and freedom will leave every observer dreaming.” www.thomaspoganitsch.at

Sophisticated headwear for your urban routine From Brühl to the Hudson: ”Hidden Champion” Wolfram Kopka presents his casual and smart No Hats® for the first time in New York. TEXT: THOMAS KLUGER | PHOTOS: KOPKA | TRANSLATION: EMMIE COLLINGE

For Wolfram Kopka, New York’s historic brickwork building ‘The Tunnel’, the stage for mid-September’s Tranoï Fashion Trade Show, is the ideal backdrop for his No Hats® collection.“Manhattan is young, urban and exciting, and the people are interesting and spontaneous!”says the 56-year-old entrepreneur from Brühl near Cologne, “which also applies to No Hats®.” With the objective of creating ‘a truly smart product’, Kopka’s fashionable hat collection No Hats® can be crumpled and stretched, folded, shook and put back to rights; the wearer defines how it is worn. Kopka’s ‘Aboût Accessories’ line consists of hats and scarves that ad-

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here to his no-frills motto.“No Hats® are certainly eye-catching, but they’re also casual so can be worn freely around New York, Tokyo, Paris, London, Milan, Hamburg and Munich. A wearer of No Hats®

doesn’t dress up, they simply dress better,” concludes Kopka. Uncompromising in his material choices, No Hats® are exclusively made from 100 per cent beaver fur, which is particularly thick and fine.“In the 17th century, beaver fur was the nobility’s fur of choice. Today everyone can benefit from the typically soft and casual quality of the material,” explains Kopka. Produced in Europe, and entirely ‘Made in Germany’, the hats come in four sizes (S, M, L and XL), with colours ranging from black, charcoal, mid-grey, forest green and burgundy. A pocket travel protective bag rounds off the collection. “Wearers of No Hats® don’t need a large, cumbersome hatbox,” says Kopka. www.no-hats.com www.about-accessories.com

Discover Germany, Issue 29, August 2015  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business. Cover feature: Arabella Steinbacher

Discover Germany, Issue 29, August 2015  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business. Cover feature: Arabella Steinbacher