Angel Borrego Cubero’s wonderfully gossipy film, The Competition, follows five of the world’s most famous architects in apparently hot pursuit of the chance to build the national museum of Andorra. It's a revealing glimpse of life at a big-name practice, from the late-night pizzas to the experience of being shouted at by a Pritzker Prize winner.
For this issue we asked a dozen experts to nominate those architects and designers that they thought were shaping the future. We didn’t want our list of 50 names to watch to be hierarchical, with definitive pretensions, but rather a snapshot of the ways in which a new generation is pushing the boundaries of its practice. We spoke to the nominees about what they thought were the challenges and opportunities facing their profession, and the things that inspired them.
Few designers are as overtly influenced by the objects that they collect as Sebastian Bergne. The precise graphics of his rulers and other measuring devices appear in silk scarves and cheeseboards, and even the coat hangers that he hoards have been reimagined as candelabra.
Since the launch of his first store in 1970, Paul Smith has mixed his fashion designs with the collection of curiosities that inspire them. He refers to this ever expanding hoard, which overflows his disorderly office and fills storage facilities, as The Department of Silly.
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