Metall Design International, 2008

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In 2008, the HEPHAISTOS yearbook series is celebrating its tenth edition. For the anniversary, they have once again been able to bring outstanding metal designers and promising newcomers together in one volume. The protagonists are Manfred Becher, Vladan Behal, Norbert Finke, Francisco Gazitua, Roberto Giordani, Paul Kreten, and Thijs van de Manakker.

The Netherlands native Thijs van de Manakker is a top-class experimental archaeologist who personifies the origins of the blacksmith trade in modern times like no other. "Metall Design International 2008" invites readers to explore how his experiments surrounding 2000 years of the blacksmith trade influence his metal designs.

In just a few years, Vladan Behal from Olomouc, who lives and works alternately in Czechia and Italy, has developed from a blacksmith, to an artist, to a designer. For the very first time, the HEPHAISTOS yearbook presents the designs and furnishings such as lamps, furniture, and vases to the general public in the form of a book.

232 pages, 8-1/4 x 11-3/8 (Hard cover), 500+ photos
German and English

Item #: BK787

The Chilean sculptor Francisco Gazitua is a discovery for European metal design - a downright sensation. Long since a star in his home country, he had been more or less ignored by the European cultural scene up to now. This is about to change: The monumental, delicate ship sculptures by the South America native would be worthy of their own book just as much as the sculptured "parallel universe" which he constructs as a mirror image of wood and then forges from steel.

Manfred Becher's works encompass a wide range. The master artist blacksmith and metalworker from the Upper Palatinate is detailing his development from the baroque crosses of his early years to the sophisticated architectural steel structures in public spaces for the very first time. The blacksmith artworks created in Paul Kreten's workshop in Bekond near Trier have popularized and defined traditional metal design in modern structures in his region and all the way to Luxembourg. All of his works bear witness to the fact that the master artist blacksmith, restorer, and dedicated trade lobbyist enjoys what he does.

Experimenting with iron is the hallmark of Roberto Giordani. The Italian's forged expeditions constantly lead to new forms inspired by the light space in and around his sculptures. The 2005 Stia world champion blacksmith then uses his experience when making gates and railings. Norbert Finke from Arnsberg in the Sauerland could be considered the binding of the yearbook, since he ties together all of the above topics. He makes railings, fences, gates, figures, sacral works and modern monuments in addition to steel, stainless steel, and bronze sculptures.