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Eingeschlossen bei L&C Stendal

News & Stories — 02. February 2015
by Matthias Kanter
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Mit L&C Stendal befindet sich
der Nachfolger des einst größten Stahlrohrbiegers in Europa in einer kleinen Stadt der Altmark.
Soviel kann man im Internet nachlesen und das reizte mich aufzubrechen.

Mit dem Redesign meines Schulstuhls hatte es die heute kleine Firma, bis in die Sammlung des MoMA New York geschafft und ich erwartete eine designorientierte Traditionsmanufaktur.
Auch wenn man in der Stadt heute nicht etwas Großes vermutet, ist die Leere um den Bahnhof doch auffällig. Reste historischer Industriearchitektur, bis zum Horizont, in riesigen freien Brachflächen. Meist gibt es zwei Ursachen im Osten für diese Anblicke. Entweder der 
2. Weltkrieg oder die Treuhand hinterließ solche Landschaften. In Stendal scheint beides zusammen gekommen zu sein.

Der Weg zu L&C führte durch kein rauchgeschwärztes Gründerzeitportal sondern über eine Stahltreppe auf einem Hinterhof.

Dass man dann sofort in einem riesigen Oberlichtsaal mit der gesamten Produktionspalette begrüßt wird, entschädigt für die erste Verwirrung der Erwartungen. Da ich angemeldet war, nahm sich der gerade neue Geschäftsführer persönlich Zeit, mir den Betrieb vorzustellen. Die Geschichte hatte ich ausreichend studiert und gerade die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bauhaus in Dessau bot genug Ansätze. Zu diesem Thema traf ich aber auf wenig Begeisterung. Schauraum und Büros entsprachen den Geschichten von wechselnden Geschäftsführern, Besitzern und Prioritäten in der Ausrichtung der Firma. Design allein schien ein viel zu dünnes Eis und preisgünstige Raumbestuhlung die Kernkompetenz.


Als wir endlich in die Produktion gingen, war ich schlagartig in der Welt, auf die ich gehofft hatte. Shedhallen aus dem 19. Jahrhundert waren voller Werkzeuge aus allen Etappen des Stahlbiegers und Polstererhandwerks, die Wände schwarz, die Luft ölgetränkt und eine inspirierende Geräuschkulisse! Aus irgendeinem Grund hatte man sich für den Hintereingang aus der DDR entschieden und den repräsentativen Haupteingang zur Hauptstraße verrammelt.


Aber das war jetzt schon egal und wir wanderten durch die Hallen.

Einst hatte man vom Krankenhausbett über den Stahlrohrschlitten bis zum Fahrradrahmen alles gebogen und gelötet, was das Material hergab.

Die jeweiligen Maschinen und Werkzeuge dafür schienen vorhanden zu sein, einsatzbereit bis heute. Neben den eigenen Produkten entdeckte ich Designklassiker anderer Marken, die hier gefertigt werden, ohne dass man damit werben darf. Der Werktag neigte sich und über meine Führung war die Belegschaft in den Feierabend verschwunden und Stille zog ein. Als eine letzte Stahltür zuschlug, bemerkte der Geschäftsführer, dass er keinen Schlüssel dabei hatte und auch sein Telefon im Büro geblieben war.

Was nun?

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Irgendwo sollte es in der Decke eine Öffnung zum Dachgeschoss geben und über dieses einen Weg in den Bürotrakt. Das Loch war bald gefunden und auch eine Taschenlampe und wir türmten unsere Kistentreppe für diesen Fluchtweg. Als wir gebückt durch den Dachboden ohne Licht in die erste Dachkammer mit Beleuchtung kamen, standen wir beide unvermittelt in der Geschichte dieser Firma. Auch er war zu neu, um von der heimlichen Sammelleidenschaft einer langjährigen Mitarbeiterin zu wissen.


Hier in diesen abgelegenen Dachräumen, hatte sie über Jahre alles gesichert was andere immer wieder entsorgen wollten und sogar vom Flohmarkt frühe Produkte der Firma gerettet. Als hätte sie gehofft, dass irgendwann mal die Zeit und ein Geschäftsführer kommt, den diese Geschichte interessiert und der all die gesammelten Dinge für ein Firmenmuseum nutzbar machen will. In großen Ablageschränken fanden sich Produktmusterbögen aller Epochen und mir war sofort klar, was hier lagert.


Da die Umstände zum Aufbruch drängten, griff ich nur einen Sessel der mir besonders gefiel und versprach darüber nachzudenken, ob daraus nicht ein neues Produkt für L&C werden könnte. Völlig verstaubt fanden wir endlich die vermutete offene Tür zum Bürotrakt und ich musste zum letzten Zug nach Schwerin eilen.

Natürlich nicht ohne vorher noch gemeinsame Projekte zu verabreden,

aber das ist die nächste Geschichte.

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Hand Eye-Supply Debuts an Ode to Classic Sign Painting

Before the 1980's, nearly all of the commercial art in the country was either hand-painted, bent from neon tubes, screen printed, or a combination of these. Sign men drove around in trucks, vans and station wagons spattered with stray enamel paint in all colors, sometimes themselves sporting subtle to wild graphics advertising the tradesman's services. Sign painters were often eccentrics, men who had chosen what was a solitary trade. As a craftsperson, it was also one of the few trades one could make a living from at the turn of the century. In an increasingly mechanized world, fine woodworkers, blacksmiths, and others of their ilk were being made obsolete by factory-built furniture and modern welding techniques. 

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It wasn't until the 1980's that we figured out how to replace sign painters with something faster and cheaper. To say the hand-painted sign industry was decimated by computers and vinyl plotters would be an understatement.

Colt's design for HES

Within a few years, the bulk of sign work was feeding stock fonts into a machine that would spit out perfectly uniform stickers that any rube could slap on a window or car door. Skill and practice were no longer required. Anyone with the ability to use a word processor could go into the sign business. No longer was it a trade that required practice to develop an eye for colors and composition. There are even faux vintage templates for giving signs that ol' time hand-painted look. 

But it's not all doom and gloom. In the last decade or so, many younger folks have begun to appreciate the challenge and skill required to create something with their own hands. There are more young furniture makers and neon benders now than there have been in decades. One of the old trades that is making a comeback is sign painting. Any tattoo shop or fancy bar worth its salt will opt for a hand-painted and gilded sign. Small businesses of every kind appreciate the statement a hand-painted sign makes about them. It suggests an appreciation for quality and tradition.

Colt Bowden

One of the most vocal supporters of modern sign painting culture is Colt Bowden. Colt runs Mac Sign Painting out of McMinnville, Oregon, where he uses an elderly Vandercook Press in his garage/studio to publish books on sign painting by himself and members of the Pre-Vinylite Society, as well as reprints of books by the now deceased master sign painter, Lonnie Tettaton. 

Colt drives a faded red ’63 Ford Pickup that leaks a little oil and has a hole in the muffler — the roar is greatly appreciated by his kid, Fox. The old Ford can be seen throughout Northwestern Oregon as he rambles around emblazoning store fronts with loopy casual letters hocking a good cup of coffee or stern Roman type warning of a no parking zone. He can also be found all over the country with his painting kit in hand taking jobs as far flung as Salt Lake City and Brooklyn, New York. His sign painting chops have been used to decorate album covers and dust jackets of books, and we can now proudly say he has painted Hand-Eye Supply our very own pocket tee.

José of Orox Leather wears the new Hand-Eye Pocket Shop Tee designed by Colt Bowden

A couple of us here at Hand-Eye were pondering what makes the best kind of graphic tee. We decided it’s the sort of shirt you might find secondhand, advertising a business you aren't familiar with, but is basic and comfortable enough that you don't feel self-conscious wearing it for twenty years and will mourn its loss when the neck seam finally gives up the ghost. The ink only needs be one color, white is fine, and the shirt should be black or gray, as this is a color anyone can wear (not to mention it will hide stains!). It should also have a pocket to stick your pens in. We tasked Colt with whipping up a timeless graphic that could find a home at a 1950's hardware store or right here on the shelves of Hand-Eye Supply.

You can grab the timeless tee here.

Snag one of Colt’s books while you’re at it.

And finally watch his talk on Portland area sign painting here.

Carol of Fuller's Restaurant in the new tee
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Check Out NYC's Redesigned Hi-Tech Subway Cars and Stations

For a so-called world capital, my hometown of NYC has a downright embarrassing subway system. We don't have the convenience of London's Oyster card, the beauty of Paris' stations, the tidiness of Tokyo's platforms. But now, finally, New York's Governor Cuomo has resolved to do something about it.

This week Cuomo held a press conference showing off the design features of the 1,025 redesigned subway cars we're (supposedly) getting, as well as 31 renovated subway stations that actually seem as if they were designed in this century. Here's a look at what's in store, as we finally try catching up with the rest of the world.

The Stations

Increased Visibility

I actually disagree with this claim, as those circles used to be the size of dinner plates. The one in the photo above looks more personal-pizza-sized.

Service Announcement

This only provides actionable information if you are willing to divert to a taxi or Uber. For those of us bound to the train, if the alert reads "Lousy Service," all it does is let you know how much your wait is about to suck. And putting the date above it is not as useful as what every New Yorker really wants to see: The TIME.

Neighborhood Map

Will surely be a boon to tourists.

Enhanced Lighting

Will certainly make the stations look better, though we'll never mistake this one for the Arts et Metiers station in Paris.

Countdown Clock

This gets a big thumbs-up. Knowing when the train is coming is a stress-reducer.

Wayfinding Information

I can't see any improvement over what's already up, though the design looks a bit cleaner.

USB Ports

Sure to be a boon—if they can make them vandalism-proof.

Easy to Clean Finishes

Anything's got to be better than the current grime-grabbing sidewalk finishes we've got now. But the real test will be: How does it handle chewing gum?

By the bye, two dead giveaways that the rendering above was put together by a non-New-Yorker: Number one, the R stops at 49th and 57th, there is no 53rd Street station. Number two, there's no such thing as "4 Avenue & 54 Street;" that should say "Lexington Avenue and 54 Street," for chrissakes.

Glass Barriers

I don't see what these add beyond aesthetic value, which probably wouldn't last long—are they tag-proof? They're also bound to increase maintenance costs, since no one needs to Windex the cheerful iron grates we've got now.

Neighborhood Map

Again, good for the tourists.

Service Announcement

Can't hurt, though rather than listing the lines numerically and alphabetically, they ought to be ordered in proximity to the lines you're likeliest to transfer to. It's little details like this that separate UX from great UX.

The Actual Cars

New Exterior

It looks acceptably modern, but I think the way the train looks is everyone's last priority.

New LED Headlights

No one cares. Seriously. No one is riding to work and thinking "MAN am I glad this thing's got LED headlights!" and high-fiving the guy next to him.

Wider Doors

A good, practical feature, but I still want to see them equipped with poison-tipped thresher blades that take care of those people who unthinkingly block the entrance when the doors open.

Digital Display

Can't hurt, but not a huge improvement.

Wi-Fi

Anything that might keep people checking their Facebooks instead of loudly yapping into their phone is aces in my book.

Open Gangway

I'm actually opposed to these. I get that they provide an airier feel, and if the train isn't crowded makes it easy to work your way towards the door that will open in the right place at your station, but I liked having that barrier for when there's An Incident. Those of you that live here know what I'm talking about: The train pulls up, and every car is packed with people except for one, which is mysteriously empty. Gee, I wonder what's in there, steaming away in a lovely pile on the floor?

Arrows on the Floor

This is a complete waste of paint. If the subway doors open and you can't figure out which direction to go, maybe you should move to a region where it's more common to commute by riding a sure-footed animal.

Service Announcement

We've already got these. To the person who did this rendering, you should not have bothered calling this out. You might as well have an arrow pointing down that says "Floor."

USB Ports

Again, would be good if they can make them vandal-proof. Otherwise it's just a matter of time before someone starts a Tumblr called "Things People Shove in NYC Subway USB Slots."

Wheelchair Location

A good thing for sure, as long as they work out corresponding markings on the platforms so that a wheelchair user knows where to wait.

Flip Seat

I always dug these on the 6-train. Especially the noise they make when you let them go and they slam back into the wall; the tourists always identify themselves by turning their heads to see what the noise was.

Improved Grab Bar

Out of everything shown here, this is the one feature I seriously dig. The only way I can think to improve it is to have sharp horizontal thorns sticking out of it at intervals. The thorns would prevent Back Leaning Guy from doing his thing, and would provide clearly delineated handhold areas between the thorns, preventing Sweaty Slide-Down Hand Contact.

Lastly, there's no word on when these changes will actually be enacted; the Governor's office will only say they're part of a "five-year MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) Capital Program."

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