On the design side, can home fabrication and the internet really turn everyone into a designer? That’s the digital democratic dream, but as our in-depth essay finds out, the reality is a lot more complicated. Plus, from non-designers designing stuff we turn to designers trying to escape designing stuff – we explore the in-between world of guilty design.
Up front, there’s a round-up of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, Renzo Piano talks about his new extension to the Art Institute of Chicago and we bid farewell to JG Ballard. In the back, Review goes to the movies with verdicts on Objectified and Synecdoche, New York.