Handwerk + Form (Crafts + Form) is one of the most important activities of Werkraum Bregenzerwald. It is a competition uniting local craftsmen with international designers and architects. The competition originated in 1991, when the Craft and Trade Association of the community of Andelsbuch in Bregenzerwald celebrated its bicentennial anniversary. For this occasion, the Association wanted to present a contemporary image of the trade with foresight. A project group in cooperation with designer Harry Metzler came up with the idea of a competition bringing together craftsmen and designers. It was so successful that what was a single jubilee event became a triennial tradition since 2000 with Werkraum Bregenzerwald as organizer.
The exhibition Handwerk + Form following the competition shows all submitted works in various locations within the community of Andelsbuch. Old workshops (a bakery, a blacksmith’s foundry, a sawmill, a butcher’s shop and barns) are adopted as exhibition spaces. The ambience of the old buildings adds an interesting light to the modern exhibition, reminding the visitors of a long craftsman’s tradition in Bregenzerwald. Visitors can stroll from one location to another, with time for reflection and discussion. Works designed for outside use are exhibited along the way. Simultaneous to the exhibition a journal is published documenting all works.
Handwerk + Form not only serves to revitalize the local tradition and industry, but also has the potential of becoming an impetus for modern designers.
During the Exhibiton of Handwerk + Form the Werkraumhouse serves as meeting and info point, with a shop and a childs construction site.
Elke Delugan-Meissl, Vienna, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Marianne Goebel, Helsinki, CEO artek
Hermann August Weizenegger, Berlin, Atelier HAW
Philipp Kuntze, Bern, Founder of World Crafts
Rianne Makkink, Rotterdam, Studio Makkink&Bey
Thomas Machhörndl, Vienna, domus
Harry Metzler, Schwarzenberg, Grafic Designer
Exhibition and round trip
13/14 and 18/19/20/21 October 2018, Andelsbuch, 10am – 6pm
Handwerk + Form Packages Hotel Partners of the Werkraum Bregenzerwald
Call for Entries