The Hotel Walther in Pontresina (Switzerland) has commissioned us to create a site specific light installation for the bar in celebration of its 110th anniversary. ‘Splendurir’ (translation: shining, pouring light) is made of 77 hanging lights in the form of buckets and milk canisters. This installation forms part of the redesign of the common spaces of the Hotel Walther by Zurich-based designer Virginia Maissen.
Wallpaper* interviewed Rolf about the inspiration, development and production of the 2.4ml Fortis artist edition watch. Have a read here!
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Last week Rolf was honoured to hold a talk at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich as part of the Mitwochsreihe Architekturdesign. Rolf presented a selection of his works and projects, giving a behind the scenes insight into his working process and approach. Thanks to the Academy of Fine Arts Munich for a great evening.
Rolf’s ‘Altro Canto‘ set design, which was originally designed for the Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in 2006, forms part of the ‘Maillot/Millepied’ performance at the Staatsballett Berlin. It is named after the two choreographers whose works are being staged: Jean-Christophe Maillot, until recently the Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, and Benjamin Millepied.
For Rolf, the ‘Altro Canto’ set design was an exercise in minimalism, where a purist aesthetic ensured any decorative or extraneous elements were pared back to offer a poetic and powerful design. In ever new constellations more than one hundred candles ‘float’ above the stage and illuminate the otherwise empty space, using a subtle choreography of natural flickering light to capture the moments between light and darkness.
Tickets are still available for performances in November 2017 and June 2018
There is a nice article on Rolf’s Altro Canto set design in Die Welt.
We are pleased to announce that ‘chip on the shoulder‘ (1999) and ‘no rest for the rust‘ (2006) were personally selected by Martine Bedin from ammann//gallery‘s collection to form part of her ‘Objets, mes amis‘ (Objects, my friends) exhibition on view at the Grimaldi Forum during artmonte-carlo, salon d’art from the 29th-30th April 2017.
“‘Objects, my friends’ is an exhibition of furniture and objects made with care, objects produced in small quantity, boldly escaping from fashion and market laws, and loaded with a great poetry. Created by architects, designers or artists, all attached to beauty. Those objects ask the question of their status: Art objects? Everyday objects? Both?” Martine Bedin
We are very happy to present in collaboration with Leica Camera AG, the new Leica M-P (Typ 240) special edition ‘grip’ by Rolf Sachs, the latest addition to the Leica M-System portfolio.
Our primary goal in designing the camera was driven by a utilitarian approach, seeking a specialist grip material that would respond to the scale of the camera with millimetre precision. Following in-depth research into materials that have strong ‘gripping’ properties and are traditionally applied in other manufacturing industries, we decided on a red ‘ping pong’ rubber, usually used on table tennis bats. This material adds practical tactility to the camera, while simultaneously creating an entirely new haptic experience.
The Leica M-P ‘grip’ by Rolf Sachs set comes in a black case containing the camera, the lens, a Leica SF 40 flash, a thick woven black cotton shoulder strap and some unusual accessories such as a wooden toothbrush to clean the specialist rubber and a natural goat brush “Staubpinsel“ to clean the lens.
An avid user himself, Rolf has established a long-standing, close relationship with Leica Camera AG. This collaboration has brought to fruition the ‘Camera in Motion: from Chur to Tirano’ photographic project, exhibited at the Leica Galleries in Salzburg and Wetzlar in 2015 as well as Sachs’s newly published photography monograph by Kehrer Verlag, Berlin.
This special edition is limited to only 79 sets for the worldwide market and will be available exclusively at select Leica Stores from early November 2016.
For general enquiries, please contact email@example.com.
We are very happy to finally hold the Camera in Motion book in our hands!
The yearlong photographic exploration captures transient impressions of landscape and speed forming a collection of photographs that blur the boundaries between abstract art and landscape photography.
Travelling along the landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Albula / Bernina Railway line, photographs for Camera in Motion: From Chur to Tirano were taken from a moving train, challenging the viewer to experience this journey in an unexpected way that documents the changing seasons and light in a unique combination of abstraction and photo-realism.
The book features 87 photographs and includes texts by Bill Kouwenhoven and Helen Chislett. It is published by Kehrer Verlag and is available in selected book stores and on Amazon UK, Amazon Germany and others.
We are very happy to announce our upcoming publication ‘Camera in Motion: From Chur to Tirano’ with Kehrer Verlag. We have worked on this photography book over the last 3 years and can’t wait to finally hold it in our hands in early October.
‘Camera in Motion: From Chur to Tirano’ (2012-2013) a yearlong photographic exploration of landscape and speed across the UNESCO Wold Heritage Rhaetian Albula/Bernina Railway, blurs the boundaries between abstract art and landscape photography. The publication combines a selection of 87 photographs with texts by Helen Chislett and Bill Kouwenhoven.
Kehrer Verlag Publication
Video of book printing in process:
We are very excited to announce the opening of ‘Saltz’, the new restaurant at the Dolder Grand, designed by Rolf Sachs. In the 280 sqm restaurant we combined unusual materials such as neon lights, salt, rock and felt in an unexpected way to form artworks and custom made furniture paired with classic chair designs by Eero Saarinen and Jean Prouvé. Ranging from the more theatrical to the cosy, each area conveys a different ambience and character, inviting the diners to respond with their own thoughts and reactions. Inspired by the new interior, Chef à la Carte Patrick Hetz presents corresponding culinary creations. The Dolder Grand’s new all-day dining restaurant Saltz opened March 8, 2016.
Please find the press release here
Rolf Sachs is showing a series of new works alongside some iconic pieces for an exhibition presented in collaboration with Hauser & Wirth at the Vieux Chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland. The exhibition features sculpture, portraiture and a large-scale site-specific neon installation on the exterior and invites visitors to explore pieces throughout the Chalet.
On view from February 12-18, 2016, the exhibition reflects Sachs’ conceptual approach influenced by alpine history, culture and craftsmanship.
Sachs draws much of his inspiration from the immediate surroundings of the exhibition, which results in a show specific to its environment. Imbuing everyday objects with passion and humour, his creations aim to surprise the viewer, while offering new perspectives and intimate experiences. The artist injects his perceptions of the region into personal works that celebrate local traditions, craftsmanship and landscape.
Visitors are welcomed by the powerful statement of Sachs’ iconic ice pick slammed into the wall through a piece of felt, a bold juxtaposition of a traditional object with the unexpected. ‘Hay Fling’ (2015), an installation that freezes a moment in time by capturing a bundle of hay flying in mid-air, expresses a familiar feeling of lightness and freedom. In the site-specific intervention ‘Rocks’ (2015), stones collected by Sachs from the local mountain region, appear to pierce through the wall.
The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Hauser & Wirth and is on view by appointment only.