icon 087 / September 2010
The September icon comes with a cover designed by Peter Saville: the English flag, reinterpreted for the 21st century. Inside, we ask what “England” means today and what designers can offer a shaky national symbol. Also on the rebranding trail is radical Dutch design agency Metahaven, which takes on David Cameron’s “big society”, remixing the British state into the language of the social network.
In our conversation, designer Marti Guixé chews the fat with chef and restaurateur Fergus Henderson, digesting the design of chicken kievs and branded food. Meanwhile, in a parallel universe – what happens to all the designs that never made it into production? Every industrial designer has tales of the “ones that got away” – we open the vaults to bring you lost products from Ettore Sottsass, Yves Béhar, Boym Partners and others, tell the stories behind them, and look at a world shrouded with secrecy. Similarly mysterious is a Spartan concrete mountain hut by Berlin-based architect AFF; more comforting is the mixture of the domestic and the exotic in 6A Architects’ extension to the South London Gallery.
Up front we’ve got an art gallery in Korea, a school in Colombia, a chapel in Portugal, appliances for nuns and an interactive ceiling, plus Matt Jones of BERG looks at the rise of the digital magazine in the age of the iPad. In Review there’s the V&A’s parade of pavilions, the Surreal House at the Barbican, artists doing the decorating at the Hayward and Max Bill grumbling from beyond the grave. That’s issue 087 of icon, in shops now.
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