Top design stories of 2018

Design and democracy, an interview with Nanda Vigo, copy or coincidence and "ugly" design. Discover the best stories of 2018.

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Young designers claim the “right to the ugly”

In Eindhoven we found lots of amorfous, rough and primitive experiments. Ugly Design arises from the rejection of the beautiful and the useful. This year we could not miss a series of projects that claim the “right to the ugly”: mixtures of organic forms and experiments in which the relationship between designer and material is direct and primordial.

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The Elea 9003 by Ettore Sottsass is still in working order

Elea 9003 is the last surviving large electronic computer “made in Italy” to still be in working order since the 1950s. In an Industrial Technical High School in Tuscany, the last working example of the first computer produced by Olivetti with which Ettore Sottsass won his first Compasso d’Oro in 1959.

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Nanda Vigo: Revolución siempre

The telephone rings. “Hello, I'm a journalist.”. “So, what do you want?”. Architect and designer Nanda Vigo doesn't like to waste time, especially right before Milano Design Week.ùThe magnificence of the desert, “ever more global” beauty, freedom lying “at the basis of everything.” Plus her exhibition at the 5 Vie and new projects. We had a chat with Nanda Vigo on the eve of the Salone del Mobile.

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Nanda Vigo

How can design contribute to democracy?

We put this question to Carl Di Salvo, author of the book Adversarial Design, which shows how social practices and experiments are the new perspectives of contemporary design.

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Copy or coincidence? Twin–Pix compares designs

A website and an Instagram account juxtapose surprisingly similar objects, creating an inventory of past and present designs. Is this a critical approach or pure observation? Readers will decide.

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We don’t embroider cushions here: the Le Corbusier chaise longue from design icon to adult films

The legendary LC4 chaise longue by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand is also one of the most-used fuck-props in adult films. The story is told through 192 images in the book by Augustine and Josephine Rockerbrune.

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Studio Drift: dream big and think of the improbable

Starting from their latest project, a swarm of drones flew like birds over the Atlantic Ocean, Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta recount how they always succeed in creating an intimate conversation between nature, cutting-edge technology and man.

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Jerusalem and the secret potion of design

What can one say of Jerusalem, a city which has always been contested by differing cultures, a cocktail of traditions, stories, legends, religions and people? Curated by Anat Safran and Tal Erez, the third edition of the Jerusalem Design Week was a frenzy of information, images, stories and performances.

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Didier Fiuza Faustino: Didier Fiúza Faustino: “My work is that of introducing doubt in space."

Inspired by the feeling of a déja-vu, Didier Faustino just delivered his first interior design bar in Ghent: a project about seduction and corporality.

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Night Fever: the (total) artwork of nightclubs on display at the Vitra Design Museum

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Night Fever at Vitra Design Museum

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