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collection of cork balls, 2015
Granulated cork – handball Ø 18 cm, football Ø 23 cm, volleyball Ø 20 cm,
basketball Ø 24 cm, rugby ball Ø 16/29 cm, medicine ball Ø 34 cm
Photo: Philip Radowitz, © Volker Albus/Philip Radowitz
Cork and granulated cork are finely ground and pressed into blocks using synthetic resin or cut into shapes, including footballs, rugby balls, basketballs, handballs, volleyballs and medicine balls. The material is waterproof and wind resistant. Perfect for the seaside – where any other ball might sink or be blown away.
Born in 1949, Volker Albus studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, from 1968 to 1976 and then worked as a freelance architect. In 1984 he began to design furniture and to work in interior design. He quickly became one of the most important representatives of New German Design. He has written many books and also regularly publishes essays in magazines like Design Report, FORM, Hochparterre and KUNSTZEITUNG. He has curated many exhibitions, including Gefühlscollagen – Wohnen von Sinnen (1986). For ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) he has planned five touring exhibitions which he also curated long term. Since 1994 he has been professor of product design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany.