January 2011 Online

Michael Wolff

Design Indaba: Inspiration

‘Africa is not just a place, it’s a state of mind.’ So said Pentagram partner Michael Beirut last week as he kicked off a session at Cape Town’s Design Indaba, at which he was a mediator. For many there – especially first-time attendees at the event – Africa was proving to be an inspiration. And […]

Paul Ryding's window

Window of opportunity

If you’ve ever wondered what really goes on inside an artist’s studio, The Hoxton Window project gives you the perfect excuse to unashamedly unleash your inner peeping Tom. The project is a collaboration between Unit 9 studios and a series of visual artists who they have invited to use the windows of their Hoxton Square […]



Dutch designer Hella Jongerius publishes a new monograph this month, designed by fellow Dutch designer Irma Boom. Jongerius’ work is often a fusion of opposites, manufacturing and craft, traditional and contemporary, sleek and humorous. Whether creating furniture or ceramics, her work is always tactile. Paint is messily dripped onto earthenware, slabs of clay are sewn […]

Le Gout 2

Dressing Green

Perhaps unfairly, the idea of eco-fashion still conjures up images Levellers-loving crusty types sporting hemp shoes and earrings crafted of fairy dust, acid flashbacks and  Somerset dew. However, things have moved on. Tomorrow the Marte Live eco-fashion showcase will open in London’s Chiswick and Camden, at Eco-Age and Traid respectively. Marte Live is run by […]


Poster girl

For those that haven’t been to Bristol, Broadmead is the somewhat run-down city centre shopping district which inspired Matt Lucas to write the Vicky Pollard sketch in TV comedy Little Britain. Although the area has seen better days, especially since the neighbouring Cabot Circus mall by architect Chapman Taylor opened in 2008, one interesting development […]

A Modernist chair

We want to be modern

The National Museum in Warsaw launches a fascinating exhibition next week that will cover the country’s design history during the ‘post-thaw’ period of 1955 to 1968. The ten year period saw an explosion of Modernism in the country and a love for abstract art forms blossomed, following the socialist realism that was popular after 1945. […]

A spread from the book

Graphic design history

‘I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I Want To Be There: The Expanding Field of Graphic Design 1900-2020,’ shouts the monochrome typographic cover of a new book in the discipline. Exploring progression of what it considered to be a ‘craft-based and highly cultural’ industry until the 1990s, the book – produced by Dutch publisher […]

The main work space at El Paso

Restaurant residency

While Mexican food is probably more associated with Britney Spears’ infamously dark Taco Bell days than art, El Paso in east London is set to change that. The space was given a total overhaul by Aberrant Architecture in November, and has since become a space where designers and artists can work, natter, eat and drink. […]

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