A question of culture.Author: Walter Bohatsch, Theresia Hauenfels
Editor: Kunstbank Ferrum – Kulturwerkstätte, Niederösterreichische Landesbibliothek
Publisher: Springer-Verlag, Wien – New York, 2010
The contribution of Bene to the development of architecture and design awareness in Austria and beyond.
Bene Büromöbel was founded as a carpentry shop in 1790 in Waidhofen an der Ybbs and has since created, in partnership with renowned architects, new work environments across the world. "Our product is space," explains Manfred Bene in an interview that flows through this publication like a river. Thomas Jorda accompanies us through the conversation between entrepreneur Manfred Bene and his long-time associate and architect Laurids Ortner. The graphic design brings concept and chronology together compactly, ensuring an in-depth reading of the dialogue. There is no lack of historical imagery. Individual contributions explore highlighted topics: architecture (Dietmar Steiner), design (Lilli Hollein), economic innovation (Johanna Zugmann), communication strategies (Theresia Hauenfels), and the showroom (Wojciech Czaja). Historic and current images complement these insights into the success of the company’s balance sheet and its role in architecture and design.