Football Carpet, 2009
Recycled leather footballs, W 150 cm x L 200
Loan: Volker Albus
Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Seen geometrically, footballs are Buckminsterfullerenes, spherical molecules in pentagonal and hexagonal shapes. Only when combined, can a "ball" be formed, but pentagons alone cannot lead to complex forms. Hexagonal patches of leather by contrast form a fused to create a surface that is rich with patterns and stories. By combining plastic bags from different local brands the designers were able to also capture the visuals of vernacular culture.
Janina Stübler began with vocational training in jewellery design at the school for goldsmiths in Pforzheim and then expanded her artistic horizons at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She gained her diploma in professor Künzli's jewellery class at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany. Since 2015 she has been working as a jewellery designer and communications designer, has taken part in international exhibitions and has led jewellery workshops at the Munich Neue Sammlung–The International Design Museum, Germany.