The Bürstenhaus Redecker Müseum is an exhibition of brushes from the manufacturer of the same name. This particular collection of 45 brushes, has been specially chosen by British designer Michael Marriott, who has opted in most cases to present objects that both excel in their function, but also have a wider cultural resonance. The result is an exhibition which bristles with energy and sweeps aside any doubt about the significance of brushes in modern design culture.
Dates & Times 15 – 23 September 2018 Monday – Friday: 9.30 am – 7.00 pm Saturday: 9.30 am – 6.00 pm Sunday: 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
Artikel Nummer – 468860
Description – Skin Relaxer
Materials – Black leather, black ostrich feathers
Dimensions – Length : 210mm
This brush was first developed in the mid 1970’s in response to a request from Dr. Helmuth Bott, head of Porsche engineering and development, and was mainly used to dust the interior and upholstery of his black Porsche 911 Carrera. It has since proved a best seller as a skin relaxer. Also available in ecru leather with white ostrich feathers.
Although intended for combing out fringes of kelims and rugs, it came to our attention during the 1992 Olympics, that it could also double up as a sand rake! World longjump record holder Heike Drechsler was seen using it in the preparations for one of her medal winning jumps. Heike has jumped further than any other woman (7.48M), and is the only woman to have won two Olympic gold medals in the long jump.
This is a pocket sized hairbrush with four rows, and was the preferred hair brush of tennis legend Boris Becker, who always kept one in his sports bag. At his 1988 Wimbledon final, however, he had misplaced his brush, and consequently lost in four sets to Stefan Edberg. From that date on, he always carried two, which led some players to believe he might be ambidextrous, which could obviously have aided his performance on court.
Four-time Formula One World Champion, Sebastian Vettel is known to be a stickler for tidiness and order, which is surely an element of what helps him excel in his sport. One thing he always insists on is that his car is cleaner than every other on the grid, and for this reason each of the pit crew are required to carry one of these brushes. The brushes are used to ensure the inside of the exhaust pipes are as bright and clean as the outside.
In the early 1970’s a left wing women’s movement evolved in Germany, who named themselves ‘Die Rote Frauen Fraktion’ (The Red Womens Faction). For their symbol and flag they took inspiration from the Soviet flag, substituting the famous hammer and sickle for some of our very own products; the Delta horsehair hand brush and the zinc coated steel dustpan. The movement is now defunct, but both these products remain in production.
London-based German product and furniture designer André Klauser has a small but important collection of back scratchers from around the world, including a very rare hand made Dieter Rams prototype, an ancient Chinese one found whilst working on dustbin lorries in Hanover, and this one, made by ourselves, that allows you to scratch and brush simultaneously.
This actual broom was made in 1935 by our founder Freidrich Redecker and has been used almost daily since then in our workshop in Verswold. Of course the handle has been replaced two or three times, and the head is a new one, but nevertheless this is the oldest product we have and is a treasured heirloom for the company. It is made with split horsehair which makes the bristles especially soft for collecting even the finest dust.
In 2005 we were approached by ‘World famous supermodel’ Heidi Klum with a proposal to ‘restyle’ our range of cosmetics brushes (apparently she had done something similar for the Birkenstock sandals company). We just said plain “No. Brushes is not fashion”. It has since become an unofficial company slogan, often quoted on the shop floor and in the management offices.
Bürstenhaus Redecker have been making brushes in Versmold, Germany since 1935; they are advocates of good craftsmanship, utilise only the finest materials and lead the way in sustainable making.
Founder Friedel Redecker, pictured, earned his living as a brushmaker because he went blind as a child. His inventiveness, his sense of quality and persistence brought about a company that is selling its natural products world-wide after three generations.
London Design Festival 2018 at SCP A World Of Ordinary Things
For the 2018 London Design Festival, 15-23 September, SCP are hosting a programme of product launches and experiences at their Curtain Road headquarters, in the heart of Shoreditch. Collectively titled A World Of Ordinary Things, this show sets out to explore our relationship to the objects that we live with on a day to day basis; reflecting on how they are made, how they are used and how we perceive them.
Exhibitions – 1 Inch Reclaimed by Jasper Morrison for Emeco – Bürstenhaus Redecker Müseum – SCP 2018 Collection – SCP × Folk × Gareth Neal – 6 Agents Sound The Morrison Canon