Beautiful in inclined position
Subtle gesture: The new CUT bowls by Wolfgang Hartauer are all about kinetics in its most beautiful form – the gallant offer to help yourself. Sensual and elegant – the first impulse is to touch the new bowls by Wolfgang Hartauer, to take them in your hand – and yes, to tilt them.
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What usually ends in disaster with filled bowls is here the deliberately kinetic aspect: By gently tapping, CUT tilts from the vertical and offers its contents to the counterpart. The most graceful form of supply and demand. CUT, the new bowl made of striking end-grain wood, thus follows a Hartauer family tradition. If he lets his order system METERWARE run as if on rails, turns his wooden bowls KASA around its own axis, for him the tilting as a fascination is in the foreground in the series CUT. The moment occurs silently, touching the bowl becomes a haptic pleasure. Wolfgangs Hartauer’s products are small marvels. The kinetic aspect of CUT was preceded by experiments with the bowls KASA. “The stacking bowls were cut at an angle on the underside to turn them into tilting bowls,” Hartauer reports. “The trigger for the basic cylindrical shape was the realization that the effect of “canting out” could be enhanced by a larger diameter.” “Movement and changeability on the type shell” is the red thread of his three products.
The qualified carpenter and trained architect, who freely admits he likes to work with his hands, went freelance in 2014 with his design firm Interior Things based in Holzminden. The central theme of his work is creating clear designs and order through passion and precision. Thus also arose “Meterware”, his desk and wall tray system. True to Hartauer’s intent, a design that urges: “Take me in your hands and move me!” Powder-coated aluminium profiles hold stylish wooden or felt trays.
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Everything fits, nothing catches, it’s all playfully experiential and accessible. Sensuous, tactile and precise, all at the same time. Asked what he will do in the next life, Hartauer is quick to respond: become a watchmaker. Surprising? Not really, rather the logical consequence of his approach to aesthetics and order, and truly befitting of him.