For Matali Crasset, all design is social. Running through her work – from furniture to hotels to a beach library near Marseille – is a determination to introduce people to new things and to transform their experience of the everyday.
In this issue, we celebrate the library and the ways in which it has been rethought in the digital age. We visit Birmingham's new “super library” by Mecanoo and Snøhetta’s Hunt library in North Carolina. We look at the competition to design a new chair for the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, and our cover star is Matali Crasset, who brought books to the beach near Marseille this summer.
Matali Crasset's furniture, made from a new super-light type of concrete, aims to make us rethink the role of the material in the home.
Affordable 3D printers are bringing fantasies of home production closer to fulfilment, but the objects produced on them so far have been of relatively poor quality. In this issue, however, we look into the future at the possibilities rapid prototyping might offer – from cities that replicate themselves, to the “biologically inspired” designs our cover star Neri Oxman is creating at MIT.
A light powered by the moon and a chandelier that reads the colour of your food are among French designer Matali Crasset's latest research projects, on show at her exhibition, Another Logic Of.
Despite the economic climate there were a few new start-ups showing in Milan this year. Moustache was one of them - a new French home furnishings brand that manufacture products by Big-Game, Matali Crasset and Inga Sempé.