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White Paper

A piece of white paper forms the starting point for designs by architects Thomas Wawris, Christian Kroepfl and Martin Luptacik who were interviewed exclusively for FunderMax. When asked about design in an interview with the magazine "Architecture and Design" in 1995, famous Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake stated: "nothing is more important than the hand drawn line on a white piece of paper". Apparently the purity, the shine and the "blankness" of the white paper surface are a necessary foundation for the starting point.

White as the beginning

White stands for a beginning. Every renewal process has a beginning and it is therefore understandable that many creative people begin their work with a white piece of paper. White is the starting point of the renewal process. Then the piece of paper starts to be filled and the white becomes the foundation for an idea, a form, a process or something else. The remaining white space gives the design its dimensions.

 

The dimensions of white

The dimensions of an object relate strongly to its colour. The furniture designer Christian Kroepfl highlighted this in his interview by saying: "White is the pure body". If in the end if an object is to remain white, then this has to be considered during the planning stages. This way, one can derive an object's true dimension. 

The other White

White does not always have a positive connotation. The German band "Element of Crime" and its lyrical mastermind Sven Regener uphold this thought: "Never again will I be as pure and as stupid as a White piece of paper"... What they’re saying is that in the beginning, there can be a sense of naivety and stupidity - brought to mind by the colloquial saying: "a blank sheet of paper". Here white becomes synonymous for something unknown, something which is hard to gauge. It also describes the proverbial empty spaces on a map.

White in architecture

The white city of Tel Aviv, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Learning and Library Center of Vienna’s University of Economics and Business are all buildings, or complexes, which are strongly defined by their white appearance. White has always been a popular design instrument in architecture even though in the past not all buildings were white. An example of this are the Greek temples, which were colourful, according to designer and architect Christian Kroepfl.

Things have come full circle. In nature, objects fade and some papers show little more than their original colour white. A good starting point for a new beginning, a renewal...