Robert Stadler

Robert Stadler
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Robert Stadler was born in Vienna in 1966. 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 and 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 2001, though he continued to collaborate with RADI until the studio’s dissolution in 2008.


He has worked for clients such as Dior, Lobmeyr, Palais de Tokyo, Ricard, Thonet and Vitra and has created numerous limited-edition pieces for Carpenters Workshop Gallery since 2008. His work is part of the permanent collections of museums such as MAK – Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna and Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In 2017 Stadler exhibited at the Noguchi Museum in New York where his work was shown in dialogue with works from the late artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi. In the same year he had his first solo show at Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau in Dresden, Germany.

Stadler is drawn to the details of objects and the narratives they evoke, frequently questioning an object’s established identity. His interests encompass both what he terms ‘aristocratic design’ and that which is typically considered vulgar or absurd. Throughout his creative process he explores the possibilities for building bridges between the apparently incompatible. Stadler professes to have a “critical view of the production of design”, maintaining a distance from it, whilst also being a designer himself.

Stadler creates surreal and distorted works that play with the very fundamentals of design. Practicing at the intersection of art, design and critical practice, Stadler obliterates the hierarchies that exist between them. Fascinated by the technological age we live in and its relation to the past, Stadler creatively dissects the culture of “indifference and desire” that so often characterises modern life.

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  • ‘You May Also Like : Robert Stadler’, Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden, Germany.
  • ‘Solid Doubts’, The Noguchi Museum, New-York, USA.
  • ‘Weight Class’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New-York, USA.
  • ‘Cut_paste’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • PAD Paris, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • Triple V – New Location Opening Exhibition, Galerie Triple V, Paris, France.
  • ‘Quiz 2’, MUDAM, Luxembourg.
  • ‘Airspace’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami/ Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • PAD Paris, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • ‘Zones de confort’, galerie Poirel, Paris, France.
  • ‘PAVILLION DE L’ESPRIT NOUVEAU: a 21st Century Show Home’, Swiss Institute, New York, USA.
  • ‘Oracles du design’, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France.
  • ‘L’usage des formes’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
  • ‘Back in 5 min’, MAK Design Salon #03, Vienna, Austria.
  • L’intelligence de la main, PIASA, Paris, France.
  • ‘Quiz’, Galerie Poirel, Nancy, France.
  • Design Miami, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Miami, USA.
  • Design Miami/ Basel, Carpenters Workshop gallery, Basel, Switzerland.
  • PAD Paris, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • ‘Tephra Formations Play’, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
  • ‘Brigadoon’, La Tôlerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
  • ‘Isn’t it romantic?’, MAKK, Cologne, Germany.
  • ‘Tapis Parade’, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France.
  • Ricard SA depuis 1932, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.
  • ‘The Magic of Diversity’, MAK applied Arts – Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria.
  • ‘Bright Future: New Designs in Glass’, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York.
  • ‘1000 Jours’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris.
  • ‘Shading’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘Wild at home’, Galerie Triple V, Paris, France.
  • ‘Ardoises’ / Galerie de Multiples, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami/Miami, USA.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, London, UK.
  • ‘Atomi’, Galleria Nilufar, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Di Vaso in Fiore-Inventario tra Nature e Design’, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan, Italy.
  • Design Miami/Miami, USA.
  • Design MIami/Basel, Switzerland.
  • Split Identities: Objects at the Interstice of Art and Design, 17th edition of the European
    Triennal of Small-Scale Sculpture, Murska Sobota Gallery, Slovenia.
  • Pavilio of Art & Design, London.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland.
  • ‘Design High’, Louis T Blouin Foundation in collaboration with Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
  • ‘Formlose Möbel, Formless Furniture’, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Efeito D – a new DNA for design, Exd’09, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • ‘Nature in a kit’, Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • ‘Thing beware the material world’, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
  • ‘The Freak Show’, Musée de la Monnaie, Paris, France.
  • ‘Object Factory’, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada.
  • Kantlijnenm Musea Brugge, Belgium.
  • ‘Living box’, FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France.
  • ‘Roomers’, Galerie Traversée, Munich, Germany.
  • ‘Understand what you love’, Galerie des Multiples, Paris, France.
  • ‘Design contre design’, Grand Palais, Paris, France.
  • ‘The Freak Show’, MOCA Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France.
  • ‘Sieges avec vue…’, Design Parade, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France.
  • ‘Essences insensées’, Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France.
  • XIX Biennale Internationale de Ceramique Contemporaine de Vallauris, Vallauris, France.
  • ‘Lost and Found’, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, France.
  • ‘Vanishing Point 1’, with Jurgen Bey and Konstantin Grcic, Spazio Erasmus, Milano, Italy.
  • ‘Vanishing Point 2’, with Jurgen Bey and Konstantin Grcic, KlausEngelhorn22, Vienna.
  • Open Borders, Tri Postal, Lille, France.
  • Trafic d’influences: art et design, Collection of the FRAC Nord – Pas de Calais,Tri Postal, Lille, France.
  • Design en Stock, 2000 objets du FNAC, Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris.
  • ‘Frontalunterricht’, with Stefan Nikolaev, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris, France.
  • ‘Alehop!: ingenious designs and remedies’, Palau de la Virreina,Barcelona, Spain.
  • ‘Less & More’, Design Collection of the FNAC, Musée des Arts appliqués, Saint-Etienne, France.
  • ‘Un Art populaire’, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.
  • ‘Do Create’, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.
  • 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 der Buchhandlung 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, Formless Furniture (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 Réunion des Musées Nationaux.
  • Lovell, Sophie; Klanten, Robert; Meyer, Birga. Furnish: Furniture and Interior Design for the 21st 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, Austria.
  • 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.
  • Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.
  • Hofmobiliendepot, Mobel Museum Wein, Vienna.

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