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

This is Copper

There is a problem within sustainable fuel industries whereby the main two factors that tend to effect change within them is either economic incentive or public perception. The difficulty is […]

Green in a Blue World

When does a fad become fundamental? When it comes to the clothes we wear the answer is now – if not yesterday. We all know that fashion thrives on the […]

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 […]

Productivity

Earth to Sky by Doshi Levien

‘I was thinking about what attracts me to fine craftsmanship. How beautifully made details, revealing the work of a skilled hand, become a powerful expression of human endeavour,’ says Jonathan […]

Plusminus by Stefan Diez for Vibia

The simple strap that holds luggage in place on a car roof rack or a bicycle carrier has been the inspirational starting point for a new series of lamps by […]

Gioia by Andrea Anastasio for Foscarini

The composition of the Gioia lamp both conceals and reveals the wonders within: a marble structure placed at the centre of a transparent Perspex disk, joined by a single ring, […]

Cyanometer by Marjan van Aubel for Swarovski

As winner of the Designer of the Future in 2017, Marjan van Aubel created Cyanometer in collaboration with Swarovski´s crystal experts and Design Miami. It displays solar cells behind Swarovski’s […]