„DANTE – Goods And Bads“ creates objects, products and editions with qualities above and beyond the substantial. The designers get inspired by emotions, habits, memories, tastes and aversions – always following their own motto: the good, the bad, never the ugly.
Therefore, to each collection the designers invite a so-called guest to inspire, mentor and/or influence. Each collection’s products, design and presentation then emerge from some form of dialog with that individual, institution or concept. His or her or its emotions, habits, memories. The design of every product ever made has always been shaped by the most prominent need of the society that created it. More often than not, it was the search for the practical, for maximal usability. The two designers behind DANTE, however, sense another desire: Warmth and content and the connection of the two elements. They aim to create material objects that are not merely things, but favorites and talismans. Everyday products that are not a priori practical, useful and efficient but rather: emotional. So they can have unlikely material attributes like humor, vanity, passion and even comfort. The drafts are put into practice by selected saddlers, carpenters and leather manufacturers from Milan, who also manufacture on behalf of Prada, Chanel or Armani.
„DANTE – Goods And Bads“ was founded in 2012 by artist Aylin Langreuter and industrial designer Christophe de la Fontaine. They share a profound love of the material world for all its pathos and beauty. They are aware that „DANTE – Goods And Bads“ is a fragile and highly ambitious endeavor. Nevertheless they are determined to persevere. The designers live and work at Schloss Haggn in Lower Bavaria, an old castle surrounded by moats from 1336. From modern design, everyday culture and contemporary painting combined with monumental architecture form the 14. Century they have created a very unique design-cosmos.