Dreams have long been a subject of artistic inquiry. Where does our subconscious go during sleep? What do our dreamscapes mean and can their forms ever be replicated? This surreal territory has proved fertile ground for a new generation of contemporary artists working at the intersection of architecture, interior design, and technology...
“Glass is the key to the exploration of our world. It was through glass that Galileo explored the solar system; it was a glass prism that gave Newton the spectrum... Glass is the salt of intellect – a seeing through, its transparency pushes into dark corners.” – Derek Jarman, Chroma
I am writing this on my laptop, its screen awash with colors and ideas distant from the grey skies that loom outside my window. Moving between multiple tabs, I add words to various Google Docs, drop myself as ...
Lou Reed once said, “If Stefan was a movie, he would get five stars.” He wasn’t wrong. Since announcing the opening of his studio Sagmeister Inc. with a crass joke (featuring his digitally enhanced member) in 1993, the serial provocateur has been artfully challenging the conventions of commercial design with work that is sometimes offensive, most often delightful, and always, somehow, ahead of the curve.
“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.” – John Berger, Ways of Seeing
I was born beneath a mountain that I know to be blue. I grew up in a house that stands on the edge of its foothills, overlooking a river that winds past Hobart on its journey to the Southern Ocean. The watchful presence of kunanyi/Mount Wellington ...
Tasmania and Iceland sit at almost opposite ends of the world; remote islands of disparate wilderness that are as distant as the 17 000 kilometres that separate them. The premise behind our application for the publishing residency there was simple: islands, as books, have delineated boundaries – and yet, the identities of both are formed through interactions and exchanges that extend beyond the lines of a map or the borders of a page. We wrote to Skaftfell, who run the Printing Matter program, and told them that we intended to publish an island.
On an uncharacteristically warm April day, we meet Bonaventure Ndikung at SAVVY Contemporary. Dressed in a two-piece suit with a colorful cravat, the erudite curator and biotechnologist certainly cuts an imposing figure — but conversation quickly reveals a generosity of perspective equal to that of his renowned intellect.
“My mother always claimed that I announced at age three that I was going to be an artist; really the whole story starts there".
The whole story is no short-read; at 72 years old, AA Bronson (born Michael Tims) has had an artistic career that spans not only decades, but identities; both singular and collective, and mediums as disparate as shamanism and curation.
This year marks a strange moment of historical symmetry for Berlin — the inner German border that divided the East from the West (1961-1989) has now been down for as long as it stood. It seems pertinent timing then for ‘Unbuilding Walls’, the German Pavilion’s contribution to this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.
The new millennium was heralded as a time of infinite possibility, the year 2000, as the future. Two decades on, and retrospect tells a different story – not of flying cars or self-tying shoelaces, but of cultural inertia and a growing sense of global unease. The business of escapism is booming, and so too are the colors of nostalgia and distraction that define it.
It has been over a year since we first got in touch with Sabine Marcelis, the Dutch-New Zealand designer whose work with light, water, glass, and resin has been making waves around the world. On a sunny morning at her studio in Rotterdam, she tells us about her life; a ceaseless roll call of design fairs, meetings, impossible projects, and travel. Suddenly, our belated meeting seems a feat in itself: to describe Sabine as “busy” would be a monumental understatement.
Behind a large aluminum door that fronts onto an unassuming street in Wedding is one of Berlin’s most talked-about restaurants — ernst. The brainchild of Dylan Watson-Brawn and Spencer Christenson, this raw yet refined twelve seat space offers a dining experience with a difference.
I had subconsciously relegated three-way chats from landlines to the early ’00s, lost—for the best—amidst a sea of low rise jeans, MSN messenger, and bad computer graphics. Last week, this disembodied way of chatting—all sound, no visuals—provided a strangely perfect format for an interview with the notoriously private founders of the Parisian creative bureau, Services Généraux.
How Does Your Garden Grow? The Latest Exhibition At Gropius Bau In Berlin Explores The Myriad Metaphorical Ways
In 2019, migratory flows are increasing while borders are tightening. From the safety of our national plots, we watch on as neighboring landscapes burn, waters rise, and boats of people seeking refuge are left to sink. The nursery rhyme ‘Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary’ seems to posit the metaphorical question of the moment: how does your garden grow?
The ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ is an exhibition that ponders the myriad ways in which it does.
What feels like only a hop, skip and jump from Basel is Weil am Rhein. A sleepy town in the south of Germany whose rolling hills are home to around 30,000 people and the Vitra Campus; a site where design, architecture, and history meet. We spoke with Vitra Design Museum’s director Mateo Kries, and curator Jolanthe Kugler, about the unique nature of the campus and Charles and Ray Eames—who, as it turns out, are far more than just the designers of your favorite chair.
Salt Winning In The Songor Lagoon: Adrian Morris Photographs The Sustainable Practice At Risk Of Disappearing
Just a short drive from the city of Ada is the Songor Lagoon; a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and one of Ghana’s most precious wetland areas. Australian photographer Adrian Morris spent an afternoon photographing the lagoon’s salt winners, Ada Songor people whose traditional methods of working the land are under threat, and with them, the wetland itself.