Launch of special edition Leica M-P ‘grip’ by Rolf Sachs

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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.

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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 studio@rolfsachs.com.

 

Just arrived: The Camera in Motion book with Kehrer Verlag

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.

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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.

 

‘Saltz’ the new restaurant at the Dolder Grand has opened

 

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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

 

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New and iconic works on view at Vieux Chalet, Gstaad

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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.

 

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Rolf at the panel talk with Martina von Meyenburg and Prof. Dr. Georg Kohler

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For the occasion of Martina von Meyenburg’s opening of her new exhibition ‘The Dipping Game’ at Katz Contemporary in Zürich, Rolf participated in a panel talk together with Martina and Prof. Dr. Georg Kohler at the Dolder Grand Hotel. Please find links to the talk (in German) below.

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtQ6354Sl8s

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SEiAE1fKUw

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZR-WOXI-uk

Rolf at Sketch Creative Talk in Conversation with Harry Richardson and Clare Page

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Earlier this week Rolf was in conversation with Clare Page and Harry Richardson from the design studio Committee, opening the Ketel One Creative Talks at Sketch London. Billed as ‘a monthly series of informal discussions from celebrated minds in the creative industry’, Rolf discussed his own cultural influences and how they can be seen throughout his work before becoming the main theme of our recent show ‘typisch deutsch’. They also explored the use of nostalgic themes as a tool for commercial industry.

The casual, salon-style conversations give an insight to the minds of brilliant influencers in art and design. It looks to be an exciting program with Ron Arad, Max Lamb, Faye Toogood and Piergiorgio Robino taking part in further talks, there’s no better place to spend a relaxing Sunday evening.  Thanks Clea!

www.sketch.uk.com

‘A light breath’ showing at Masterpiece with Leila Heller Gallery

Leila Heller Gallery is showing the kinetic sculpture ‘a light breath’ at Masterpiece 2014 in London.

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A pillow is injected with movement through a ‘breathing’ motion concealed within. Its ‘whispering window’ quietly echoes the faint sound of human breathing encouraging the viewer to interact intimately with it. The piece is full of human traces, while, simultaneously, is conspicuously absent of it.

http://www.leilahellergallery.com/

Preview Day / 26 June 11.00-22.00

Public Fair Days / 26-27 June 11.00-21.00 / 28-29 June 11.00-19.00 / 30 June 11.00-18.00 Followed by the charity party in aid of Marie Curie at 19.00 / 1-2 July 11.00-21.00

http://www.masterpiecefair.com/