Guillaume Désanges on art and racism in France

Guillaume Désanges is an independent curator and notably in charge of La Verrière, the exhibition space for contemporary art attached to Fondation d'entreprise Hermès in Brussels. He has a reputation for putting on complex and difficult exhibitions packed with meaning and signification. In 2019 he started a series of cycles at the exhibition space, each one investigating special themes. Currently it is “Matters of Concern”.

VIRGIL ABLOH – Pinking Virgil: The B-side

Some call him crass and commercial, others see him more as the millennial Karl Lagerfeld, but whatever your viewpoint, Virgil Abloh has managed to revolutionize streetwear borrowing tactics and an intelligence that speaks across generations. His passion for merchandise and fusing high with low might offend the stodgiest of us, but it also broadens the cultural public, spreading a new word to a maximum audience.

“Proper Omelette” by Emma Jääskeläinen

Kiasma Commission by Kordelin


Long Reads

Locating Design

KIM1995: staying put

“Do you really need to fly to talk to your colleagues?” According to the Caribbean artist and designer KIM1995, the answer is no. In the era of digital communication, in which information moves quickly, KIM1995 has decided to practice a concept she calls “Sustainable Immobility.” So as not...

REM KOOLHAAS’ RURAL SUBLIME

Or the capitalist industrialization of the countryside

Countryside, The Future at New York’s Guggenheim sees the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas heading out of the cities for new pastures. But in a show that he describes as being about sociology, anthropology and politics, is its meaning or relevance like trying to find a needle in a haystack?

Domestic Chaos

What’s so great about streamlining?

Imagine if Albert Einstein had lived with the queen of decluttering Marie Kondo. A slight tension might have arisen when, in between Kondo organising categories of joyful order, Einstein was wandering around the house muttering his oft-quoted remark, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered...

Research & Realities

Eternall Light and a Spotless Mirror

Light can be many things to many people; it can be a symbol of enlightenment, it can provide a source of energy to help plants grow, and, clearly without it […]

Familiar emotion in a new material

Five years ago, Ann Demeulemeester left her fashion house. After 30 years of tireless creating at the fast pace that characterizes fashion, she decided it was time for a different […]

Rudbish

A conceptual visualization of waste finding it’s way back onto your place. The project by chef and designer Diedriek Schneemann and photographer Aldwin van Krimpen responds to the Nature/Nurture theme […]

Productivity

FORNASETTI

Last spring, Fornasetti presented an exhibition in the nave at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, with more than a thousand pieces, both historical and new creations for the table and for […]

Smeg 50s Retro Style collection

Together with Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti of deepdesign, Smeg delved into the not- too-distant past and re-emerged with sinuous lines and warm colours, put together with the latest technology. […]

From: Smeg

valerie_objects

valerie_objects is a newly presented collection initiated by Axel Van Den Bossche, Frank Lambert, and art director Veerle Wenes. With the mission of translating signature works into affordable design objects, […]

STEINBEISSER

Steinbeisser, founded by Martin Kullik and Jouw Wijnsma, is a creative studio that aims to challenge the contemporary eating culture. Having launched the initiative Experimental Gastronomy at the Lloyd Hotel […]

From: Steinbeisser