Marie Rahm and Monica Singer form the design-duo POLKA, which reinterprets everyday objects and commodities in an unconventional and innovative manner since 2004. Amongst their clients are design houses such as Wittmann, Laufen and Bene. At Altstadt Vienna POLKA was not only commissioned with the spatial concept for room #51 and room #37 -– the fingerprints of the design-duo can be traced throughout the whole house, they developed the concept of our “Color Code” signage in the hallway as well as the POLKA Key Chains, the keys to our room masterpieces.
It all started with their first interior artwork room #51, located on the third floor of the house. It features some of their cult design objects; metre-long panels of see-through fabrics create a fluid sense of space. In the room a limited edition lithography “Marilyn Monroe” by Viennese artist Gottfried Helnwein (*1948) is exhibited. His hyper-realistic works of art are regularly displayed at the Albertina.
Their second room creation for Altstadt Vienna is dedicated to the sweeter sides of Viennese life. A celebration of Viennese coffee house culture, the small details in the room – dark shades, bright accents and geometric shapes remind the viewer of Punschkrapfen, chocolate bars and cherry toppings. For POLKA, the essence of the city lies in its ambiguity. Vienna is bitter and sweet, cosmopolitan and a world of its own. The furniture and special editions were especially created for the Chocolate Room.