Robert Stadler was born in Vienna in 1966. The designer has always been drawn to the details of objects and the narratives they evoke. He studied design at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan before attending the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris in the late 1980s. He has continued to work in Paris ever since.
In 1992 Stadler co-founded the RADI Designers collective, whose varied practice revolved around the marriage of the everyday and the unusual. Stadler began to work on solo projects in 2002, though he continued to collaborate with RADI until the studio’s dissolution in 2008.
Stadler’s interests encompass both what he terms “aristocratic design” and objects typically deemed vulgar or absurd; he explores the possibilities for building bridges between the apparently incompatible. He is involved in furniture making, product, interaction design, art installations, and multimedia ac-tivities. He frequently questions objects’ established identities.
His furniture tends to both convey and destroy preconceived notions of what an object should be. Although works such as his Possible Furniture series may at times appear haphazard, they are perfectly constructed to fulfill their ergonomic purpose.
/ Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum, Exhibition catalogue edited by Dakin Hart, The Noguchi Museum
/ Typecasting: An Assembly of Iconic, Forgotten and New Vitra Characters, Edited by Robert Stadler, Vitra Design Museum
/ You May Also Like: Robert Stadler: Exhibition catalogue edited by Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Alexis Vaillant, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König
/ Robert Stadler Invasive Shifting Absurd Exercise (monograph). Paris: Editions de la Martinière.
/ Stadler, Robert; Vaillant, Alexis. QUIZ, sur une idée de Robert Stadler (exhibition catalogue).Paris: Manuella Editions.
/ Hesse, Petra; Beyerle, Tulga. Isn’t it romantic? (exhibition catalogue). Köln: Verlag derBuchhandlung Walther König.
/ Bony, Anne. Esprit du meuble et du design, l’évolution esthétique de l’Antiquité à nos jours.Paris: Editions du Regard.
/ Plunkett, Drew; Reid, Olga. Detail in Contemporary Bar and Restaurant Design. London:
Laurence King Publishing.
/ Two Points.Net. Pretty Ugly – Visual Rebellion in Design. Berlin: Gestalten.
/ Boudier, Laurent. Les objets fous d’artistes. Paris: Hoëbeke.
/ Hackenschmidt, Sebastian; Rübel, Dietmar; Noever, Peter. Formlose Möbel, FormlessFurniture (exhibition catalogue). Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag.
/ Klanten, Robert; Ehmann, Sven; Kupetz, Andrej; Moreno, Shonquis; Mollard, Adeline. Desire,
The Shape of Things to Come. Berlin: Gestalten.
/ Gaillemin, Jean-Louis. Design contre design: deux siècles de création. Paris: RMN Réuniondes Musées Nationaux.
/ Lovell, Sophie; Klanten, Robert; Meyer, Birga. Furnish: Furniture and Interior Design for the21st Century. Berlin: Gestalten.
/ Pécoil, Vincent; Vadrot, Olivier. The Freak Show (exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art Lyon). Paris: Les presses du réel.
/ MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts-Contemporary Art, Vienna
/ Musée Magnelli, Musée de la céramique, Vallauris
/ Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
/ FRAC Nord-pas de Calais
/ FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-les-Rouen, France
/ Central Museum in Utrecht, The Netherlands
/ FNAC Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris
/ Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
/ Hofmobiliendepot, Möbel Museum Wien, Vienna
/ Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
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