“The news that my entry to the competition had won a prize reached me a couple of days ago. Sadly, I am currently relatively far away and so cannot be present at the awards ceremony. Far away doesn’t just mean in terms of kilometers, but also of administrative obstacles… “
(Bernhard Ellman in his thank you letter to the organisers of the International Marianne Brandt Contest 2010.)
And he isn’t joking.
Bernhard Ellman is currently in the UNHCR Sahrawi Refugee Camp in Tindouf, Algeria, participating in a jewellery project in cooperation with the Sahrawi and the Leipzig Ethnography Museum.
And so he will have to wait a while before personally celebrating his award for “Zack”
Born in Zwiesel, Bavaria in 1973 Bernhard Ellmann studied at the Kaufbeuren Glass and Jewellery College and opened his own atelier in Munich in 2000. In addition to working on his own projects Berhard Ellmann has held various teaching positions in both design and his second “profession”philosophy.
His tea/egg-timer Zack was not only awarded the NAEF Spiele AG special award at the International Marianne Brandt Contest 2010 but also a special prize from the Wirtschaftsjunioren Chemnitz.
“Zack” is a tea/egg-timer with a difference – Zack doesn’t tick, Zack doesn’t have batteries… Zack just goes Zack.
It can be “set” to three different times and when Zack goes Zack your tea – or egg – are finished.
Zack can be viewed at the International Marianne Brandt Contest 2010 exhibition in Chemnitz, Leipzig and Dresden and at the 2010 Designers Open in Leipzig.
And once Bernhard Ellmann is back from Algeria the fruits of his trip will be presented in Leipzig Ethnography Museum