Future 50: A Practice for Everyday Life 01.08.13

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Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

Since Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas founded A Practice for Everyday Life (APFEL), their work has become known for its combination of intelligence, playfulness and the strength of its research. Icon readers and Londoners are likely to be familiar with their exhibition designs for Postmodernism at the V&A in 2011 and Bauhaus: Art as Life at the Barbican in 2012. APFEL has also designed the identity for David Chipperfield's Hepworth Wakefield Gallery and, more recently, for One Leicester Street, a London hotel and restaurant. Emma Thomas says: "Our influences are broad ranging, but there are a lot of references to 1960s and 1970s typography, to British stationery, even." In the case of artists, she adds, "the people we work with have a lot of influence on our work". The agency is working on an exhibition curated by the artist Jeremy Deller, which will open at Manchester Art this autumn before touring the UK.


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