Designed to Eat
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago, USA - Free and open to the public, Dec 4 | 6:30-8:30 pm.
Until Dec 4th
Communication and the capacity to shape our world with tools leads to cities erupting vertically. This is what spawned the modern office. Just as with China now, the migration from the fields to the office building was rapid. Like Henry Ford’s factories, the modern office – for the most part – has been rigid and geometric, in line with its architecture. All was planned to be homogenous and efficient within the confines of our analogue working format, and was therefore intentionally limited.
These days you can find them dotted round the globe. The new nomads travel light, well equipped with a laptop and a latte, working from practically anywhere and at all hours. Free of a fixed abode and of a classic office, they’re situated wherever they prefer to be at any given time, armed only with the tool that achieves the task at hand, and a few select belongings. This is a breed worthy of recognition, most especially by designers, makers, and sellers of things.
The workspace of the future will be intelligent, implicitly adapting to ergonomic, social, and cultural requirements. It will be the place where privacy and solitude are allowed and demanded, alongside room for seamless exchanges and encounters. Comfort translates into specified environments and differentiated uses. It also implies that offices be enabled to adapt to our […]
On the occasion of Leonor Antunes’s exhibition opening in Ghent, immediately on the heels of her show in New York from which the work is extracted, DAMN° engaged the artist in a meaningful Q & A session. In delightful accord with all observations of the elegant, understated forms presented, Antunes speaks of her commitment to the crafts and her inclination to reference historical works by architects and designers she admires.
And so it was time for another edition of the design festival in London town. New products and ideas bounced and echoed from postcode to postcode, as the official fairs and the added-extras all vied for attention. Quite rightly so, as there was much of interest to be noticed.
RAAAF architects and artist Barbara Visser joined forces to create an alternative solution to the ridiculous amount of time we sit on our backsides these days. It is, after all, highly unnatural and not at all appropriate to the design of the human body for us to maintain such a posture for hours on end. Refreshingly, the team has devised an installation that avidly illustrates how this tendency can readily be countered, and the solution is as attractive as it is feasible.