Subversive design met feminist porn at the opening of the Italian maverick's retrospective at New York's Allouche Gallery
A rollercoaster ride through three decades of cynicism exposes the crassness of an era best left behind, says William Wiles.
I have chosen my five objects of desire based on things that I feel make life less stressful, more sensual and more engaging, while injecting some sort of human spirit into the everyday.
Design revolution is at the top of the agenda in icon 086, the August issue, which is in shops now. Jerszy Seymour and Gaetano Pesce, representatives of two different decades of radical design, set the world to rights in an incendiary conversation, and there's much else besides.
It’s a word with nothing but negative associations: repellent, mutant, nasty. On the surface, it’s the enemy of design. It stands for formlessness over form; artlessness over artistry; revulsion over delight; randomness and chaos in place of craft and precision. But it’s also magnetic.
Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce was in London recently to relaunch his 1969 UP chair. He met up with icon for a few frank words on meaningful design, boring architecture and the beauty of the badly made.