System Design

More than 100 Years of Everyday Chaos

From Lego bricks to the DIN paper size standard, from underground networks and shelves to computer operating systems, espresso capsules and car sharing: systems govern our everyday life. Most of the time, we don’t even notice them. Our modern world is full of systems that compete with each other. Whether we perceive our environment as chaotic or systematic depends on our perspective and point of view. For more than 100 years, the system idea has been a formative one in design: for more than 100 years, design has been oscillating between system and chaos.

MAKK's exhibition SYSTEM DESIGN features more than 100 exhibits by international designers such as Otl Aicher, Peter Behrens, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Marcel Breuer, Konstantin Grcic, Charles and Ray Eames, Egon Eiermann, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Ferdinand Kramer, Jonathan Ive, Le Corbusier, George Nelson, Verner Panton, Dieter Rams, Oswalt Matthias Ungers, Massimo Vignelli and Wilhelm Wagenfeld.