Self-referring self-portrait photography by Ari Versluis 2007, Images from Royal Rip-Offs by Pieter Vandermeer 2009.

The Bad Boy of Dutch Design Lets Loose

by Gabrielle Kennedy for

Gabrielle Kennedy’s Article on Bas van Beek is a bare boned account of the Dutch designer's feelings on the current state of the industry.

Sparing no feelings Kennedy recounts Beek’s views of an “Elitist and anti-democratic’ industry “emasculated by its own anti-intellectual mentality.”

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Li Edelkoort,

Interview with Li Edelkoort: Part 1/2

by Jeanne Tan for Design.NL

Jeanne Tan from Design.NL sits down with legendary trend forecaster Li Edelkoort for a chat about the current state of design.

Discussing topics ranging from the current crisis to greedy graduates, Edelkoort discloses why she thinks creatives are more than equipped to get through these times.

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Cover of 1955 Buick catalogue

Design Criticism's Winding Road

by Alice Twemlow for Design Observer

Alice Twemlow’s article “Design Criticism’s Winding Road” is an inspiring account of the early days of critical writing in design.  

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'Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Shiner': Norman Foster's Swiss Re building, London. Photographe: Philippa lewis ©Edifice/Corbis

The Architecture of Recession

by Jonathan Glancey for The Guardian

Jonathan Glancey reflects on the history of Architecture and recessions in his article published March 6th, 2009 for the Guardian.

While pondering the change in ringing mantras from ‘form follows function’ to our current state of ‘form follows finance’, Glancey discusses the potential impacts of the present slump.

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"Ettore Sottsass: Work in Progress," photo by Luca Fregoso - On Design Observer March 2009

'When I Was a Very Small Boy' written by Ettore Sottsass

Republished by Design Observer

Designer Observer has recently published a shortened form of, “When I was a Very Small Boy” by Ettore Sottsass, with special permission by Barbara Radice and Archivio Ettore Sottsass.

This eloquent and inspiring piece, written in 1973, beautifully sums up the power of passion and creativity.

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Belinda Cow Benches by Julia Lohmann - ©Julia Lohmann

Confronting Taboos With Subtle Humor

by Alice Rawsthorn for the International Herald Tribune. February 27th, '09

Made famous by her self-expressive, intellectually provocative designs, German-born, London-based designer Julia Lohmann produces work which consistently challenges us to confront issues we usually prefer to ignore.

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Eileen Gray 'Dragons' armchair, 1917-1919. Collection Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé

Record Breaking Sale: Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé

27th February '09

The world record for most expensive work of 20th Century decorative art at auction was set this past week at the Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé Auction held by Christies Paris.

Eileen Gray’s ‘Dragons’ armchair, circa 1917-1919 rang in at €21.9 million a far greater sum than the estimated €2,000,000 - €3,000,000.

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Alessi Pito Kettle by Frank Gehry

Cultivating Innovation: An Interview with the CEO of a Leading Italian Design Firm

by Marla M. Capozzi and Josselyn Simpson for The McKinsey Quarterly. February ‘09

Alberto Alessi, head of the iconic design firm Alessi, speaks with Marla Capozzi and Josselyn Simpson on the sources of good design, how he assesses an innovation’s potential, and why more companies should take design risks.

As a short aside to the article Marla Capozzi interviews Hani Rashid from Asymptote Architecture about what it's like to design for Alessi.

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Fernando and Humberto Campana, Corallo Armchair, 2004

Design Hates a Depression

by Murray Moss for Design Observer

Design guru Murray Moss responds to Michael Cannell’s recent article, ‘Design Loves a Depression’, published in both the International Herald Tribune and New York Times.

Moss’ article, appropriately titled “Design Hates a Depression’, is a point by point rebuttal to Cannell’s summary of designs emotional attachment to our current state of affairs.

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Rag Chair by Tejo Remy – Droog Design 1991

Does Dutch Humour Fly in Asia? An International Perspective on Droog Design

By Gabrielle Kennedy for

As part of Object Rotterdam, the International fair for autonomous design, Premsela and Object Rotterdam, in cooporation with Droog, presented a debate discussing a wide spectrum of topics from the crashing economy, the power of conceptual design to the controversial world of limited editions.

Gabrielle Kennedy reports on the outcome.

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Foster + Partners with Aston Martin winning design for the Competition to design a nw bus for London. Transport for London

Good or Bad Design? The Verdict(s)

by Alice Rawsthorn for the International Herald Tribune

In her latest article published January 30th, 2009 for the International Herald Tribune, Alice Rawsthorn gets to the bottom of the seemingly simple albeit extremely complex question, what is good design?

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Myto chairs by Konstantin Grcic –

Reflections on the Meaning of Design: Deyan Sudjic Talks to Konstantin Grcic and Sam Hecht.

by Sam Sachs – Proventus

In Talk, a series of conversations on issues that concern us as capitalists and citizens, Deyan Sudjic talks to designers Sam Hecht and Konstantic Grcic about the meaning of design.

Attempting to re-establish the core meaning of design, Sudjic questions Grcic and Hecht on design's central ideas, how it relates to art and can design be critical.

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Jaime Hayon salone 2007

Design: Limited-Edition Furniture is Feeling the Crunch

by Alice Rawsthorn for the International Herald Tribune

Alice Rawsthorn reflects on the present state of Limited-edition design in her article published November 28, 2008 for the International Herald Tribune.

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Sir Terence Conran, Kirstie Allsopp and Philippe Starck, Photograph by David Levene

'Pink walls and chandeliers don't feel right. We've had enough of frivolity'

by Caroline Roux for the Guardian

In the following report by Caroline Roux published in the Gaurdian (January 10th, 2009)Philippe Starck, Sir Terence Conran and Kirstie Allsopp debate how design responds to a bleak economic landscape.

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Martino Gamper "100 Chairs in 100 Days"– London 2007

Martino Gamper and the art of Improvisation

by Alice Rawsthorn for the International Herald Tribune

From his breakthrough project “100 Chairs in 100 Days” to his most recent work for the exhibition Feierabend at the gallery Kate MacGarry, Martino Gamper has time and time again proven himself to be a master of improvisation.

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