"Design = art for use" is a free translation of a slogan from1984 by Carlos Obers, used for an exhibition at the International Design Museum in Munich.
The original wording is 'Design ist Kunst die sich nützlich macht', 'Design is art, that makes itself useful' a wonderful way to describe what design should be.
Exhibition poster by Ottl Aicher, Studio Mendell & Oberer for “Neue Sammlung“, International Design Museum Munich.
This idea has accompanied me since my studies back in the 80's and it sums up what this website The Design Gift Shop stands for. The choice of gifts in this online design shop is a result of our search among thousands of items for goods which fit this slogan really well. The result is a selection of well designed often hard to find products and useful objects for your own use or as a gift to somebody who should feel your appreciation. Here you will get numerous cool gift ideas and find the unique design object, an ideal anniversary gift or a last minute Christmas present.
Your interest in our web site shows that you too have a soft spot for design and we hope that you will find the right gift for your family, friends, partners, business contacts or - for yourselft at our online gift shop!
We deliver fast and on time, sending a special gift to your loved ones worldwide is only a click away.
We are equipped with a lot of enthusiasm, an European background, experience in architecture (two decades collaborating on major projects), Graphic Design (more than 15 years of book design) and art (museum and exhibition design). We have never ceased to be curious about new tendencies in design and are still eager to learn more about it every day.
We would also like to ask you a favour. We are constantly on the lookout for new talent, hard to find products and new gift ideas for The Design Gift Shop. Do you know a designer or a product we should carry? We love to hear from you, please Contact us!
Thank you for checking out our website and enjoy your visit,
Kurt + The Design Gift Shop Team