Oktoberfest and a nod to German Design

Technically speaking... Oktoberfest in Germany is a 16-18 day festival that begins late September and continues into the first weekend of October. It's (one of?) the worlds largest festivals and the roundup from this years event says 6.4 million visitors attended and consumed 114 oxen, 58 calves and 6.7 million liters of beer. The music was a tough competition in the beer tents but the most popular was "Applaus, Applaus" by Sportfreude Stiller and "Rock mi" by Voxxclub. Among the lost and found waiting to be picked up are 1056 passports, 520 wallets, 320 mobile phones, a Segway, and "the unavoidable, annual artificial set of false teeth." Sounds like a blast! (research from the official website here.)

Beer tent gallery

Bavarian costume parade

Here in America we extend the Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the entire month of October and enjoy beer festivals and beer gardens. There is a fantastic German restaurant down the street from us and I am still hoping we can get down there in time for some celebrations! Here is a list I found of OktoberfestNYC events and highlights in other cities.

So in theme with Oktoberfest and celebrating all things German I'd like to give a nod to some of my favorite German designs and designers.

Susanne Kaiser


Dünenpalais Seebad Ahlbeck,, No.15


The COOLEST hotel check in counter ever - a tufted room key organizer!!


Behnisch Architekten

The Schlauses Haus Oldenburg (Smart House Oldenburg)

Brandherm + Krumrey Interior Architecture

These ladies have really mastered the hotel and commercial design area.

Dres. Forster + Marenbach

Direktionszimmer Bayer AG

Radisson SAS

Westin Hotel Spa

Biquadra Innenarchitektur

Hotel Patrizia, Dorf Tirol

Heuhotel, Schleifmuhle, Unterammergau 


Hotel Post

Hotel Post

Custom swing

Custom swing


It's really so hard to sum up a German aesthetic per se, but one of the biggest design movements to come out of Germany was mid-century modern that began at the Bauhaus. Started by Walter Gropius the Bauhaus educated many modern masters in the new world of design and craft with the introduction of mass production methods. The school slogan eventually became "Art into industry."

The Bauhaus studio building

My studies at Virginia Tech were based off this same Bauhaus model of studio learning and making. I could go on forever about the theories, who exactly went here, and the iconic products, but I think I'll save that for another post. 

My sincere apologies for the lack of spell checking etc on this post. Waiting for the squarespace engineers to fix these blog saving problems! Until then... if you have any questions just ask me and I'll try to finish linking everything once the problems are fixed. 


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[update 10/25/2013 - I've finished linking the pictures above and all the problems seemed resolved "knock on wood"]