London Design Legends


This month sees the exhibition and monograph launch of Anthony Burrill’s at the KK Outlet. Burrill’s simple yet playful letterpress posters has become synonymous with the British design scene and beyond – even adorning the walls of 40 Wooster Street. Also in London, the Design Museum celebrates it’s 25th anniversary. Founded by Sir Terence Conran, the museum hopes to encourage everyone, regardless of their background, to appreciate and understand the value of design.

Incubating New Ideas


Two New York City initiatives are creating spaces that foster collaboration and design discourse. The American Design Club was founded to support the work of emerging designers. By creating a platform for sharing ideas, resources, and inspiration, the club offers designers across the nation a virtual space for connection and cross-pollination. Meanwhile, The New Museum has announced their plans for a creative incubator that hopes to challenge traditional notions of the art museum and will house more than 60 start-up companies and entrepreneurs. To secure a place at 231 Bowery, prospective participants will have to be selected by committee. One of the first to announce their occupancy is Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s research lab Studio-X.

(Image via Art In America)



An Icelandic designer living and working in Berlin, Siggi Eggertsson recently installed a show at Spark Design Space in Reykjavík that overloads the eye with its pixelated, graphic, colored repetition. He covered literally the entire space with exception of the ceiling – floors, walls, pillars and stairs – in a pattern that bends and tests perception, faces and imagery coming and going from visual views. The wallpaper is made up of a set of eight posters, which – when combined in different ways – form the intensity of pattern. On view through April 11.

Scarpa’s Glass


An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which opened yesterday) focuses on the glassworks of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, who simultaneously explored the worlds of architecture and expert glassmaking. Scarpa served as an artistic consultant to famed Murano glass studio Venini, helping to push the form and develop new, pioneering techniques. He used his knowledge in incredible ways with his architecture (as in Brion Cemetary, shown), and several of his radical glassworks designs are on view in the show through March 2.

Creative Community


Community-driven creative learning centers are popping up in U.S. creative capitals – Brooklyn, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Maker City LA – “a complete habitat for makers and creators,” gives members access to a Media Lab, Fabrication Lab, and Atelier, along with classes, workshops and networking events. Similarly, in San Francisco, Makeshift Society is a “coworking space/clubhouse” for creatives – providing a inspirational venue for learning, connecting and creating.

Design in Times Square


The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts worked with New York’s AIGA to create October’s Midnight Moment – when, at 11:57pm every night of the month, a short film by designer Andrew Sloat will be projected on all the screens in Times Square. Sloat’s film shows a series of cards with letters, which change manually in a flipboard style, reading excerpts of the US Constitution. The final showing is tonight.

Paul Smith at Design Museum


On November 15, the Design Museum London will open the first retrospective for fashion designer Paul Smith, who is even helping to curate the show himself. Celebrating his career to date, it will chart his history, from his first store opening in Nottingham. It will be evocative of his quirky style, including his love of cycling and a re-creation of his office, complete with the books and objects he looks to for inspiration.

Newly Stitched


A new exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum highlights the work of three contemporary artists working with the concept of the quilt in new ways. Sabrina Gschwandtner stitches together strips of 16mm film with polyamide to construct her quilts (detail shown above). Stephen Sollins re-constructs antique quilts from non-traditional materials like tyvek and paper envelopes, while Luke Hynes creates quilts of pop culture iconography. All address the traditional form in new, enlightening ways. On view through January 5.

Design Council Summit


The London Design Council 2014 Summit has been announced, with the focus – “Leading Business by Design.” Speakers and worksessions will address how to use design to “build brands, products, services, and a working culture that make them stand out in the marketplace.” Session topics include “Creating and sustaining an innovative culture: how to use design to build high performance teams,” and “Innovate and succeed: using design and technology to get ahead.” Tickets are available now.

Paper Waves


London architects Studio Glowacka and Maria Fulford created a dramatic environment for 100% Design’s Paper Space in September. The pair draped 1500 meters of blank, white, A4 paper rolls to form an undulating ceiling of varying heights. Elegantly draped paper rolls vertically lined the perimeter of the space, delineating it from other areas while showing off the humble nature of the material.

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