Moritz Lehner replaces the old plexiglass sheet with the Depot Basel logo
Today was the last official day of the exhibition CHANGES – CHANCES. (you can still visit it by appointment until mid January 2014 – drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org) It is our 19th self-initiated occasion around a design-related topic that we initiated. Over 2,5 years ago we found Depot Basel, an independent, dynamic place that aims to be a part of the ongoing discussion of design. After several temporary locations we signed a lease for a former Bureau de Change at Voltaplatz in Basel. It was a decision we had to make. Our intentions were gradually requesting a permanent location. For the opening we decided to present an exhibition that opens up a discussion about the future, past and present development of design and the relation between transitions and change, focusing on Switzerland. It is a format that hopefully opens up the discussion outside of the country, too. Both, the process of the exhibition and the process of finding the location, took us some time. Eventually it now feels like we found what we were looking for in a location. As Claude Lichtenstein says in the discussion for the exhibition: “The most important changes come about slowly and silently, but once they impact, they move us all the more.” That’s what we work for. Watch out for for our program 2014.
Moritz Walther and our friend Christoph Sagel carry the first elements of the scenography into the freshly refurbished 70m2 space that will serve as main location for the upcoming three years
The talented Moritz Lehner welded and constructed all elements of the system that will serve us for the next 3 years
We were truly happy that all our work came slowly together 3 days before the opening
Laura Pregger and Moritz Walther, Team Depot Basel
The refurbished space got a new lawyer of light grey paint. This job that took us many days of work and left marks of paint on our hands. Next time we will invest in some decent pairs of rubber gloves.
For the development of the scenography we teamed up with Basel-based studio EMYL. This image is symbolic for the tender loving care the studio put into the project. This is Raphael Höglhammer of EMYL.
The space has now 2 rails on the ceiling that provide hanging and lighting possibilities
Like a still from a documentary – Laura Pregger exhausted but content. This was in the middle of the night, two days before the official opening
The exhibition view of CHANGES – CHANCES when you enter the location
On the occasion of CHANGES-CHANCES we launched a publication that consists of two booklets. It’s a collection of the multiple layers of the exhibition including photographs by f.e. Gina Folly and Gregor Brändli statements of f.e Tido von Oppeln, Birgit S.Bauer, Hansjörg Maier-Aichen, Adam Stech etc. and a summary of the discussion. It can be purchased for 25 Euro exkl. postage via email@example.com
First visitors enjoying a beer and the publication
Fabian, Moritz Lehner and Benjamin von HFF Architects
The starting point was an invite to our location (before the refurbishment) where Verena Huber, Claude Lichtenstein, Jörg Boner, Stefan Rechtsteiner und Meret Probst came together to discuss their perception of Switzerland as design country. Moderation. The encounter and the conversation was moderated by Claudia Mareis.
In total the discussion took around 2 hours. We edited and released a 50 minute version
Within the last years we collaborated and worked with various people like graphic designers Deutsche & Japaner, textile designer Fabia Zindel, creative Studio Okolo, among others that we offer for sale at Depot Basel
Outside view of our new location
Guests, friends, contributors and collaborators
Felix Lehner from Sitterwerk and his wife
Lausanne-based designer Sibylle Stoeckli
London-based designer Meret Probst and her parents
A great mix of people gathered at our place
This reads: Place for ‘Change as opportunity’? YES, says the smiling face of Moritz Walther