A friend recently passed along a link to the website of Kram/Weisshaar, a design firm out of Munich, and Stockholm. The collaboration of two brilliant, audacious and generally ubër individuals, designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram, (shown below at last year’s design miami/basel in a portrait by designboom).

OK. It’s a little hard for me to wrap my head around everything these people are doing… this is the kind of conceptual work that rarely finds a permissive moment. But it is finding those moments. Last year they orchestrated a project called My Private Sky.

It’s our Indigo Night concept, but on a different scale, with different media: plates. Very, very nice plates.

Quoting from the project notes:

The MY PRIVATE SKY project began as the result of an in-depth analysis of the rich tradition and processes at PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR NYMPHENBURG which since its foundation in 1747 has been owned by and under the stewardship of the Bavarian royal family, the house of Wittelsbach. This analysis prompted the designers to rethink the centuries-old processes of Nymphenburg in a contemporary context. The MY PRIVATE SKY software developed by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram is a process oriented tool that transforms defined variables: latitude, longitude, altitude, date and time of birth parametrically to enable and enhance the specific calculation of a precise view. With this act the generic design drawing is replaced by a unique data set calculated for each single set of plates.

The process starts with a rendering of the night sky for a given date at a specific location. Sound familiar? The software is proprietary, but appears similar to the software we use here.

The output is to vellum, at size, and is handed off the artists and artisans at the Porzellan Werks. Our output is much the same, but here the endeavors diverge. Ours continues down a mostly digital path. Theirs is definitely analog.

I pulled these images from their website, Kram/Weisshaar. The images are © Frank Stolle, and I am using them without permission, and I trust all parties involved won’t mind.