“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects… the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” Charles Eames’s quote opens Florian Böhm and Annahita Kamali’s purely visual book in which the designer is a key link between the images.
Vitra’s Everything is Connected thoughtfully compiles photographs conveying the essence of connectivity. The Swiss interior design company’s book echoes the game when, as a child, we learned to be visual detectives by looking for hidden objects in puzzling images. Here, the hidden object can be a color, a shape, or a motif. Patterns travel effortlessly through the twentieth century like a time machine, yet instead of limiting itself to a linear approach, Everything is Connected shows the evolution of a piece of furniture such as the iconic Eames Lounge Chair through situational sequences. Ads, snapshots, portraits, and sketches demonstrate the prevalence of such objects with elegance, subtle wit, and sometimes blatant humor.
This book was conceived as a window into the world of Vitra, allowing viewers to catch a glimpse of the infinity of connections between the featured objects.
Florian Böhm, geboren 1969, lebt und arbeitet in München und New York. Ausstellungen seiner Werke fanden in verschiedenen internationalen Institutionen statt, darunter KunstWerke Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York), Haus der Kunst (München), Fondazione Adriano Olivetti (Rome) und die Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain (Paris). Er ist Mitbegründer des Projekts EndCommercial®/ Reading the City, einer urbanistischen Studie.