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Tõnis Käo: “Design as Experiment”, Retrospective

Special exhibition
22 January 2016
until 03 April 2016

The exhibition “Tõnis Käo: ‘Design as Experiment’, Retrospective” shows an overview of the life’s work of Tõnis Käo, who is regarded as a pioneer  in system design. He was hugely successful as an industrial designer and contributed to international contemporary design and to bringing it to the people. Because of his expertise he has been a jury member of the Red Dot Design Award numerous times.

Tõnis Käo, who completed his studies at Folkwang University of the Arts, is part of a generation of all-rounders in design. Above all else, his strengths lie in interdisciplinary work and his approach of understanding design as an experiment. His work always focused on designing the future. Many ground-breaking designs that have written design history are testament to this focus and are thus presented in the exhibition.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Estonian Ministry of Culture and Estonian Cultural Endowment support the exhibition which is accompanied by a catalogue in Estonian and English language.

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A joint project by Red Dot Design Museum Essen and Folkwang University of the Arts

Kurator: Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, 2014

Admission: 9 € (Reduced: 4 €)
Children under 12: Free admission


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Due to events, small exhibition spaces are not accessible on 31 August and 20 September, and the Red Dot Design Museum is closed on 13 September.