August 2011 Online

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Postmodernism: Style and Subversion

Postmodernism is an ambiguous notion that’s notoriously difficult to define. Its slipperiness baffled even the V&A, which has reportedly struggled to pin down the Postmodernist essence for about six years for their much anticipated exhibition, Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, which opens in a fortnight. Curated by Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt, the show offers […]


What’s the big idea?

Photographer John Ingledew’s forthcoming book the A-Z of Visual Ideas carries the rather ambitious subheading How to Solve Any Creative Brief. But leafing through the book, which is published by Laurence King next month, you do get the feeling that Ingledew has documented pretty much every source of inspiration you could dream of. Organised, as […]


Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet is offering Design Week subscribers 25% off the retail price on all their books. Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel information provider. Our authors are independent, dedicated travellers. They visit every destinationin the guide, and they don’t take freebies in exchange for coverage. Lonely Planet started in 1973 and has gone on […]

Refugee Boat

Distant Neighbours

‘Borders are strange places, they’re no-man’s lands’, says artist Lucy Wood, explaining the exploration of immigration and migrant communities in her’forthcoming show, Vicini Lontani/Distant Neighbours.3: Lampedusa. The show is the third in a series of highly political and radical art shows exploring migrant communities, Distant Neighbours, focussing on  migration routes around the world. Wood’s show […]

Happy Birthday Raw

Things We Like

Our weekly round up of things we like on the Design Week newsdesk. Suwappu Very little can turn the hardened Design Week news desk to mush. Yet, somehow, little plastic square animals with interchangeable torsos set off at least quarter of an hour’s worth of ‘awws’, squeals and other nonsense. The series of eight characters […]


Traces of space

Space Cadet, the latest graphic novel from Ninja Tune’s Canadian scratch DJ Kid Koala, is a sad, sweet story of love, loss and robots that nearly had the hard-bitten Design Week newsdesk in tears. The 132-page work, drawn entirely on etchboards, tells the story of an astronaut and her guardian robot. When she blasts off […]

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Semple Minds

From Picasso to Dylan Thomas to Lord Byron, suggestions of the links between creativity and mental illness have long been mooted. Putting a positive spin on these associations is the forthcoming show Mindful, curated by artist Stuart Semple, which aims to raise awareness (and, of course, cash) for mental health charity Mind. The show aims […]

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Hell for Leather

Spanish leather company Loewe is celebrating its craft in style with a new book, The Masters of Leather, illustrated by art director and illustrator Robert Clarke. Clarke’s beautiful  illustrations will also feature in the window displays of Loewe outlets, and he has created an installation telling the Loewe story across 13 windows of the Tokyo-based […]

John Sorrell

Q&A – Sir John Sorrell talks to Design Week ahead of the London Design Festival

This year’s London Design Festival is just over a fortnight away, and the 2011 event will be bigger than ever before. More than 300 events will take place, including what promises to be a spectacular installation in St Paul’s cathedral by architect John Pawson, and David Chipperfield’s laminated glass and metal-finished structures on the South Bank.

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