Mario Stadelmann is a young Swiss designer who seems to have abandoned the apparently stable life of a career in business administration for the far more precarious life of a product and furniture designer. Who knows, perhaps Mr Stadelmann saw the recession coming and adopted a more scheissegal attitude.
Whatever his personal reasons, there is more than enough evidence to assume that Mario Stadelmann was probably not cut out to be running the organisational systems of a large multinational. The telling truth is there in the somewhat louche low-tech aesthetic running through his work. Take, for example, his almost child-like approach to constructing a magazine-rack-cum-chair that incorporates the reality of the magazine into its various functions.
On the other hand, this unpretentious and neo-rustic approach should not be taken as a lack of design skill; far from it. But, it seems to fair to say that Mario Stadelmann has a bit of an obsession with paper (is this the administrator’s revenge?) as can be seen in his latest work recently shown at Berlin Design Week 2010. This chair has all of the form characteristics of a chair in the later modern tradition (think Eames) but is made out of recycled paper.