"Design = Art for Use" is a loose translation of the German title of the Carlos Obers show at the International Design Museum in Munich in 1984.
The original title is 'Design ist Kunst die sich nützlich macht,' which translates as 'Design is an art that makes itself useful,' and it is a fantastic approach to define what design should be.
Exhibition poster by Ottl Aicher, Studio Mendell & Oberer for “Neue Sammlung“, International Design Museum Munich.
This idea has stayed with me since I was a student in the 1980s, encapsulating everything The Design Gift Store stands for. The gifts in this online design shop result from our research among thousands of items for products that fit this statement well. The gift selection in our online design shop is the result of a search among countless items for products that genuinely suit this statement. They are frequently hard-to-find and precious goods for your own use or as a present for someone you wish to express gratitude to. On our website, you can obtain many fantastic gift ideas and find that unique design object, an ideal anniversary gift or a last-minute Christmas present.
Your interest in our website indicates that you enjoy design as well, and we hope you will discover the perfect gift for your family, friends, partners, business contacts, or yourself in our online gift shop!
We deliver fast and on time; sending a special present to your loved ones all over the world is just a click away.
Our approach combines a lot of enthusiasm with a European background, experience in architecture (two decades of working on major projects), graphic design (more than 15 years of book design) and art (museum and exhibition design). We have never lost interest in authentic design classics despite our fascination with contemporary design trends.
We are constantly on the lookout for new talent, hard-to-find products, and unique gift ideas for The Design Gift Shop. Do you have any recommendations for designers or products that we should carry? We love to hear from you, please Contact us!
Thank you for coming to our website and enjoy your visit,
Kurt + The Design Gift Shop Team