A little inspiration from our archives – some of our favourite interviews with female architects and designers over the years
Blurring the boundaries between lounge furniture and kitchen accessory, Alvar Aalto’s mobile icon receives a tonal update. Laura Snoad reports
In our latest issue (out on 3 April 2015) we go behind the scenes with Inga Sempé, Frank Gehry, Michael Young, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Marten Baas, David Adjaye and Hella Jongerius
"There's just too much shit design," the self-proclaimed "design pastor" tells an audience at Design Indaba in Cape Town. Christopher Turner was there
The typical aeroplane cabin is filled with standardised elements distinguished only by their overt branding. Now designers such as Hella Jongerius are adding the human touch.
This month’s issue is devoted to ‘Airports’, from Studio Fuksas’s vast terminal in Shenzhen, to Pereira & Luckman, inventors of jet-age modernism and designers of LAX. We also look at how Hella Jongerius and FutureBrand, among others, have created national identities at 30,000ft up in the air. Plus the latest products and furniture from Scandinavia in this month's design report.
A Dutch team led by Hella Jongerius is redesigning the room where the world’s biggest decisions are made.
Part holiday home, part missionary outpost, the Balancing Barn perches on a ridge in Suffolk like the cliffhanger finale of The Italian Job re-enacted with an extra-long Gulfstream trailer.
One image is ubiquitous on the construction hoardings, billboards and plastic shopping bags in Shanghai these days – the tiered silhouette of the China Pavilion at the Expo 2010.
A feature film about product design is a rare thing indeed. This one is set in a strangely familiar parallel universe with an all-star cast.
Ikea has invited Swedish quartet Front to design pieces for its new PS collection, finally allowing fans of the designers to own a piece of the studio's furniture at an affordable price.
"When I’m working in textiles or ceramics, people never ask whether the work has a female touch," says Hella Jongerius. "But when I'm designing furniture, they suddenly start asking, 'Do you think this is a woman's approach?'"
So farewell Milan and hello, er, Rho-Pero. With the Salone Internazionale di Mobile moving to a new out-of-town location next year, this year’s furniture fair marked the end of an era.
As a cultural force, design is taken less seriously than art. Why is that, especially when the distinction between the two disciplines is becoming increasingly hard to locate? Isn’t it time we celebrated design as the meeting of art and everyday life?
“When I was a student, porcelain was associated with kitschy souvenirs or stupid mugs,” recalls Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky. “But recently a new wave of ideas has revived the material and placed it in a different context.”
“I can do anything. I could have been a dentist and I would have been the best dentist ever. I could have been a farmer. I really feel I could have done a lot of different things and I’m pretty sure that whatever I’d have done I’d have done it with so much passion and love that I’d do a great job.”