Mono 4T Exhibition - the final exhibition of the Mono Residency
At the beginning of 2023, ten young designers visited the Mono manufactory in Mettmann. They followed the invitation to the first "Mono Residency" - a project initiated by Mono in collaboration with German Design Graduates.
At the start of the project, the participating designers - a 10-person selection of the graduates from 2018-2022 - were able to gain insights into the production of the manufactory and received the briefing for the project: On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Mono teapot, designed by Tassilo von Grolman, the young designers are asked to develop their own and completely new art and design objects that take up the materiality and typology of the Mono teapot.
"Cheers" by Claire Wildenhues
The transformation of Mono tea cups into sparkling wine glasses. Like young twigs, twisted wires entwine around the elongated glass vessels and find curious ways. While the Mono teapot has been made unchanged in form for four decades, no two of these glasses are alike. Each one represents an individual path. Together they toast to their diversity: Cheers!
"Chubby Tea" by Elena Kayser
"Bloom" by Julian Ribler
A bouquet of unique flowers. Inspired by the idea of highlighting the components of the Mono Tea series, which usually serve as discreet but essential assistants, Bloom invites these helpers to celebrate together. The combination of strainer trays and teapot plates creates a collection of original flowers, each in an individual combination, everlastingly beautiful.
"Klang" by Justus Hilfenhaus
An interactive sound object. The Mono Tea series, which originally focused on the taste experience, finds a new, auditive celebration in this ensemble. Glasses become sound bodies. Filled with water, their different shapes produce matching tones when struck gently. Mallets specially developed for the object (based on the Mono Ring Reedition by designer Mark Braun) invite not only to admire the sculpture, which is reminiscent of a birthday cake, but also to play it.
"Classic Side Tables" by Marie Radke
Mono Classic transformed into a side table. The design language of the first Mono teapot (Classic from 1983) was scaled up to larger dimensions. Central design elements of the teapot standing on the teapot warmer were elegantly transferred in form and materiality into two side tables. While the larger table uses the sieve mesh as a surface, the smaller table integrates the teapot glass as an embedded bowl. The surrounding round plate offers space for wine glasses, coffee mugs and, of course, teacups.
"Dots" by Matthias Gschwendtner
An icon in a colorful confetti dress. Borosilicate glass is a material widly used in “lampworking” - a traditional technique of glass manufacturing. The advantages of this material, with its exceptional properties, also finds its use
in the Mono tea family. Dots, on the other hand, uses those qualities of the special glass in a different way. Colored glass dots with the same material properties are carefully melted and applied to the Mono glasses with a blowtorch. The combination of this handcrafted finish with the industrially manufactured product transforms this Mono teapot into an artful one-of-a-kind piece.
"Monosilien" by Paula Mühlena
A set of cutlery for the garden. The initial product of the Mono brand is cutlery. Inspired by their tool character, Monosilien explore a new context by using Mono Tea elements. The result is an assembly of original utensils for the garden. All four tools contain characteristic design components of Mono Tea products and convincingly demonstrate their universality.
"TL40" by Sascha Huth
A modular light system. All too often tea lights are diverted from their intended purpose. A similar approach is taken by the TL40 lamp, which brings together Mono Tea elements in a new function. The LED enclosed in the lid is slightly dimmed in its brightness by the sieve enclosing it, thus creating a pleasant lighting atmosphere. The placed-on illuminated sphere can be flexibly tilted. In addition, the light intensity can be regulated by an integrated touch sensor. Thanks to a rechargeable battery with USB connection TL40 brings cozy (tea) atmosphere indoors and outdoors.
"Feuerwerksspieler" by Silvio Rebholz
Pyrotechnics in a glass. The Feuerwerkspieler enables choreographed fireworks. Enclosed by seven Mono Tea glass containers, small, controlled fountains are ignited in
a coordinated sequence. A birthday firework specially designed for “40 years of Mono Tea” suitable for indoor use and without fine dust pollution.
"Aqua Park" von BNAG (Oliver Boualam & Lukas Marstaller)
A water play in endless loop. Aqua Park celebrates the joy of rippling water. An eternal river cascades down
a staircase of 6 Mono teapots, attached to a wooden structure. Arriving at the last stage, a pump pushes the water back up through a tube so the fun can start all over again. The meditative experience has a similarly calming yet revitalizing effect as a freshly brewed cup of Japanese Sencha.
The results of the "Mono Residency" were to be presented to the public as part of an event - the Mono 4T Exhibition. Lobe Block, a brutalist monumental building in the heart of Berlin-Wedding, served as the venue for the event.
On July 5, 2023, numerous guests gathered there to witness the completion of the project and thus the first-time presentation of the ten diverse design objects live. Together with the graduates, around 400 art and design enthusiasts from young to old, from Berlin and beyond, from students to lecturers to well-known faces from the creative scene celebrated the creative individual pieces and thus the 40th birthday of a design icon in beautiful summer weather.
Tassilo von Grolman, guest of honor at the event and forefather of Mono teapot design, puts it in a nutshell: "I am impressed by so much irrepressible ambition, creative spirit and creative power of a new generation. Keep up the good work!"
Mono 4T Exhibition goes Vienna
The journey continues. From Friday 22.09. to Sunday 01.10.2023, the Mono 4T Exhibition will be exhibited as part of the Vienna Design Week. In the chapel of a former hotel in the basement of the festival headquarters (Laufbergergasse 12), the ten art and design objects will be presented again on 120 square meters. The anniversary year of the Mono Teapot goes into the next round and we are looking forward to welcoming many guests and toasting together to 40 years of Mono Tea.
On Sunday, September 24, Mono invites to a special talk at the festival headquarters of the Vienna Design Week. Under the title "Being a designer - yesterday, today and tomorrow" three generations of designers (Mikaela Dörfel, Mark Braun, Marie Radke and Silvio Rebholz) will talk about their job. The talk will be moderated by journalist Valerie Präkelt.
On the occasion of the Mono Tea anniversary, a Mono Filio teapot will be raffled among all visitors. To participate in the raffle you can register here - the draw will take place at the end of the talk (exclusively among visitors on site).