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DS TV meets Prof. Michael Erlhoff

Michael Erlhoff studied German Literature and Sociology at the University of Hannover (M.A.) and did his Ph.D in German Literature, Art History and Sociology.


1973 – 1980 assistant professor at the University of Hannover

1973 – 1981 editor of the artists’ magazine «zweitschrift» and several books

1979 curator of the exhibition «Visual Poetry» and «On Kawara» at the «Sprengel Museum Hannover»

1981 curator of the retrospective exhibition on «Robert Filliou„ (Hanover, Paris, Berne)

1981 – 82 chief editor of the art magazine «K», then radio editor and moderator
1983 – 85
free lance author for radio stations, magazines and visiting professor at several universities (Hamburg, Kassel, Berlin, and others), partly in art departments, mainly in design departments

1986 – 87 co-curator of the exhibition about the «ulm school» (of design) and editor of the catalogue

1987 board member of «documenta 8», especially responsible for architecture and design

1987 - 1991 CEO of the «Rat für Formgebung/German DesignCouncil»,  including the organization of many exhibitions and conferences (Singapore, Nagoya, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York...). Among other activities establishing the magazine «Design Report» and editor of several books.

1991 (asked by the government of the German state «Nordrhein Westfalen») concept of an innovative design education at the University of Applied Sciences Koeln, founding dean of the «Koeln International School of Design» (KISD) at the University of Applied Sciences Koeln.

Since 1991: full professor of design history and theory.

1998-2000 Curator of the two exhibitions «4:3 – Fifty Years of Italian and German Design» and «Today is Tomorrow» at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn.

2002 - 2006: Dean of the «Faculty of Cultural Sciences» at the UAS Koeln.


Michael Erlhoff  has written or edited about fourty books and catalogues.
For several years he was external examiner at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and in 1997 guest professor of its MA course in design.

Since 2000 he organizes (together with Uta Brandes) the «St. Moritz Design Summit» (Switzerland).

In 2008 he initiated the first "Kölner Design Preis" which is donated with $ 45.000.


Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff lives in Cologne.


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Prof. Peter Raacke: Designmai 07 Berlin

The perfect backdrop to visit Professor Peter Raacke in the Germanys capital.

Scene of the Crime: Sushi Circle & Haus am Waldsee
Weapons: Camera, microphone and many questions

© DS TV 2007, producer: Ioanna Paraskeva


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DS @ IMM Cologne 2008: 450 sqm for our FABULOUS FIFTY. Enough space for everybody to present their lamps, tables, wallstickers, benches, couches, seats and storages to the world public.

© DS TV 2008, producer: Ioanna Paraskeva


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DS @ IMM 2008: Exhibitors

Take a quick tour through our DESIGNSPOTTER exhibition area and listen to our exhibitors voices
- it´s the easiest way to get an idea of what happens within a whole week of trade show ... and parties :-)

© DS TV 2008, producer: Ioanna Paraskeva


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Prof. Peter Raacke: Sushi Circle Berlin

As announced a couple of extendes interviews with Prof. Peter Raacke will follow.

In this one here he talks about his first creative steps in the 40ies, the foundation of the VDID ("Associaton of Industrials Designs Germany) 1958 and many more ...

© DS TV 2007, producer: Ioanna Paraskeva


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Prof. Peter Raacke: Sushi Circle II

Except of his own creations: What does the venerable master of industrial design think about colleagues? Are there any idols? Which design ideas does he admire, which ones surprise him?

© DS TV 2007, producer: Ioanna Paraskeva


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Design & Emotion

Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe present over 200 items detached from traditional classifications of function, style, materials.
This exhibition focuses on the visceral appeal of products and defines the popular concept of emotional design.


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Design & Emotion, Making of

From the idea to the final vernissage.

Look how an exhibition gets shape.


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Design + Emotion: Manfred Gotta

Twingo, Megaperls an Smart - Manfred Gotta is Germany´s name inventor number one.

See the interview (in german) in the course of the Design + Emotion exhibition of the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe.


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KISD Graduation 2008: phase08

One of the older more cultivated traditions at the Köln International School of Design is to send the graduates of the design department off with a great display and even greater festivity and to celebrate with them an exhibition. DS TV took a look around.
© DS TV 2008, producer: Ioanna Paraskeva


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PREVIEW imm cologne 09: Trend Board + trend book

The latest trend book edition for the imm cologne features the Interior Trends for 2009. The overwhelming response received in previous years demonstrates that this annual book provides a detailed reference work not only for exhibitors, visitors and journalists...

© DS TV 2008, producer: Ioanna Paraskeva

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