With Arcipelago Italia, the pavilion he curated for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 (26 May- 26 Nov), Mario Cucinella offers a different look on Italy. What emerges is a political role for architecture and an alternative development model to that of megalopolis
Marialaura Rossiello Irvine is the art director of the studio founded by James Irvine, the great designer (and her husband) who passed away in 2013. A chat about design, irony and methods. And about memory: how to deal with it to keep those who are are gone near us. Not through in nostalgia but through the desire to carry on.
«The designer’s task is to create objects that speak to people. Like beautiful songs, they can release a charm, a careful balance of seriousness and lightness. To find it, without falling into the ridicule, I think of Jacques Tati». A conversation with Ronan Bouroullec about imagination and creativity, Italian design and industry, and how popular songs can help designers make better things.
Sci-fiction writer Bruce Sterling about smart cities: urban intelligence design should originate from the desire to solve social issues. But it doesn’t. And that’s not smart at all…
Some books must be read, even if they hurt. Because we understand, while we are facing them, that they truly matter. A talk with Gabriel Tallent about his debut novel, My Absolute Darling
The re-evaluation of trivia, the intersection between different worlds, the importance of beng driven by our heart. Some design thinking by Giulio Iacchetti, designer.
It is not dreams that desert us when we grow up: we are the ones who abandon them, out of choice. A chat with “no purpose” («because objectives destroy creativity») with Alessandro Guerriero, the Alchimia Founder, timeless artist and “non-designer”.
When it comes to furniture design, it’s time to make choices, says German designer Stefan Diez. Because filling the world with “more of the same” (and calling it “innovation”), will make the profession, and the brands, reduntant
After years of reviewing the self help manuals for the Guardian, Oliver Burkeman figured it all out: positive thinking is useless, when not harmful, when looking for happiness. If there is a recipe, he says, it’s all about accepting that life is an alternation between good and evil
Fran Hickman is the interior designer of the moment. But behind the glamour of the London young creative (she is a friend to many celebrities, at home in the jet set) there is a professional who is in love with articulated narratives more than with “easy” architectural quotations. And who doesn’t care if people grasp them: “Harmony something people feel”, she says, “even unknowingly”..