Guillaume Désanges on art and racism in France

Guillaume Désanges is an independent curator and notably in charge of La Verrière, the exhibition space for contemporary art attached to Fondation d'entreprise Hermès in Brussels. He has a reputation for putting on complex and difficult exhibitions packed with meaning and signification. In 2019 he started a series of cycles at the exhibition space, each one investigating special themes. Currently it is “Matters of Concern”.

VIRGIL ABLOH – Pinking Virgil: The B-side

Some call him crass and commercial, others see him more as the millennial Karl Lagerfeld, but whatever your viewpoint, Virgil Abloh has managed to revolutionize streetwear borrowing tactics and an intelligence that speaks across generations. His passion for merchandise and fusing high with low might offend the stodgiest of us, but it also broadens the cultural public, spreading a new word to a maximum audience.

“Proper Omelette” by Emma Jääskeläinen

Kiasma Commission by Kordelin


Long Reads

Locating Design

KIM1995: staying put

“Do you really need to fly to talk to your colleagues?” According to the Caribbean artist and designer KIM1995, the answer is no. In the era of digital communication, in which information moves quickly, KIM1995 has decided to practice a concept she calls “Sustainable Immobility.” So as not...

REM KOOLHAAS’ RURAL SUBLIME

Or the capitalist industrialization of the countryside

Countryside, The Future at New York’s Guggenheim sees the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas heading out of the cities for new pastures. But in a show that he describes as being about sociology, anthropology and politics, is its meaning or relevance like trying to find a needle in a haystack?

Domestic Chaos

What’s so great about streamlining?

Imagine if Albert Einstein had lived with the queen of decluttering Marie Kondo. A slight tension might have arisen when, in between Kondo organising categories of joyful order, Einstein was wandering around the house muttering his oft-quoted remark, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered...

Research & Realities

Familiar emotion in a new material

Five years ago, Ann Demeulemeester left her fashion house. After 30 years of tireless creating at the fast pace that characterizes fashion, she decided it was time for a different […]

Rudbish

A conceptual visualization of waste finding it’s way back onto your place. The project by chef and designer Diedriek Schneemann and photographer Aldwin van Krimpen responds to the Nature/Nurture theme […]

A Labour of Love

Fashion designer Kris Van Assche of Berluti and gallery owner François Laffanour discovered a shared passion for the furniture Pierre Jeanneret designed for Chandigarh. With their joint skills coming together, a limited edition collection has restored and revived the originals.

Productivity

Woods by Fantoni and Metrica

From the partnership between Fantoni and Metrica comes Woods, an innovative, contemporary and versatile design.

Wireflow for Vibia

At La Parisienne Assurances offices in Paris, Studio Razavi Architects devised a playful, adaptive design to meet the versatile needs of the customer.

Knoll and Antenna Design

Knoll’s Antenna Workspaces, designed by Sigi Moeslinger and Masamichi Udagawa, is a composition of floating planes and refined details. Masamichi studied at Cranbrook, the cradle of 20th century modernism, which […]

Claesson Koivisto Rune at Faciem, Tokyo

Presented during the Designart Festival in Tokyo 2017, the exhibition Faciem – In search of the essence of the grid, saw Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune select and interpret what […]