London Design Festival
More than 300 events filled the program for this year’s eagerly anticipated London Design Festival. In addition to the big fairs such as Tent London, designjunction and the festival hub at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the city hummed as crowds spilled out from galleries, product launches and seminars. Inside correspondents, Rebecca Roke and Giovanna Dunmall, report on some of the highlights.
National Aboriginal Design Agency
Established in March 2012, the National Aboriginal Design Agency brokers partnerships between Aboriginal artists and local manufacturers to bring the narrative of Aboriginal art to the contemporary design industry. Leanne Amodeo spoke to founder and creative director, Alison Page, about the work of this burgeoning social enterprise.
In profile: DesignOffice
Initially operating as the Australian outpost of London firm Universal Design Studio, Melbourne-based DesignOffice combines a passion for craft and materiality with a distilled graphic aesthetic to shape a design identity that is all its own.
Paris Design Week: Design by nature
Scouring the streets of the French capital during Paris Design Week, Genty Marshall discovers a selection of objects and installations that look to the natural world for fertile inspiration.
The art of fashion
Louis Vuitton has conflated the worlds of fashion and art through its collaborations with contemporary artists such as Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama. Gillian Serisier examines how these collaborations have helped to reposition the brand within the realm of artistic innovation.
In review: Domestic Renewal
A collaborative project curated by Rohan Nicol and recently on show at Craft Cubed in Melbourne, Domestic Renewal uses domestic objects as a lens through which to examine global issues of disposability, consumption and urban renewal.
Reinventing the City of London
In less than a decade, London’s skyline has been transformed from one that was low-scale punctuated by a few tall buildings, to a contemporary global skyline. Philip Vivian examines the planning policies that are allowing it to happen, and considers what quality of architecture is being delivered.
Book review: Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies
First published in 1971, Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies provides both a history of Los Angeles and a chequered survey of its hitherto largely ignored Modern and Postmodern architectural virtues.