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BEYOND CITY LIMITS...
Outside New York, three new exhibitions celebrate extraordinary design in ordinary objects.
The Chicago Athenaeum, Illinois The Chicago Athenaeum exhibition Early Women
in Design: Anne Swainson and Ellen Manderfield celebrates t wo remarkable industrial
designers who created all the products for retailer Montgomery Ward. We can also thank
Swainson for introducing lingerie models to catalogues. Visit chi-athenaeum.org.
San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design, California The San Francisco Museum of Craft
& Design, which opened in 2004, pays homage to the bonds that unite the handmade and
the mass-produced. The current exhibition explores one of the earliest textiles (felt) used in
innovative ways in products, fashion, architec ture and homewares. Visit sfmcd.org.
Milwauke e A rt Museum, Wisconsi n A rchitect Sa ntiago C al atr ava’s Quadracci Pav ilio n
(above) is good reason to visit Milwaukee. So is the exhibition of American quilts dating
back to the 1760s. Needlework was used for decoration, and by the working class to
celebrate events or express political views. Visit mam.org.
Laetitia Wolff, founder of Future Flair, a design strategy
firm advising institutions such as Parsons The New School
for Design, talks about the next generation of designers.
What movements are emerging designers embracing?
The new generation of designers think beyond pure
aesthetic criteria... they are coping with issues such as
sustainability and a concern for social behaviour, which
operate beyond styles and even beyond a finite object.
What design era or motifs are being repeated?
Historical motifs, such as polka dots, bubbles, rounded
edges and organic volumes, have had their success story in
design furniture and graphics lately, but it’s harder to name
a period, other than perhaps a 50s modernist heritage.
What discipline s are coll aborating more than
ever? Digital media is bleeding into other fields in an
unprecedented way. It allows for a dialogue that couldn’t
take place before, such as between architecture, graphics,
and motion graphics, for instance in gaming design.
What discipline s are fracturi ng into different fields?
Handicraft-based disciplines, such as illustration, are
being forced to reinvent themselves, and become a part
of disciplines they were not really part of before, like video
games, motion graphics and toy design.
Beyond the ‘starchitect’ what is the next design
discipline set to achieve fame? Starchitects are the
products of an image-hungry system... fascinated with
stars’ endorsements. The new generation of designers is
mor e i nt eres ted in making a difference collaboratively,
where the end result of a project is made more relevant
than the ownership of it. DIY has already been replaced
by DWO (Doing With Othe rs). Visit futureflair.com.
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