Design is a verb, not a noun. Aesthetics are only a language. Ilse Crawford, interior design prophet and guest of honour of this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, writes wise words to Form from New York.
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Letter from Ilse
Stockholm Design Week makes its annual comeback – with the obligatory trade fair, new collaborations and innovative designs. Here, 18 designers unveil their latest works.
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Does the world need another chair? No, but more of them are designed anyway. Salka Hallström Bornold celebrates Design Week with scrutinising an immortal icon.
Nobel with a cause
In his doctoral thesis at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, designer Andreas Nobel furiously attacks the academic world. “I’m a whiny pants, I’m fuelled by being angry and expressing myself,” he says. But he does like to lathe with his feet.
Tea time with signe
Robust, rough and elegant – after seventy years in practice, Signe Persson-Melin’s design is as vigorous as ever. This year, the legendary potter launches a new collection for Swedish porcelain brand Rörstrand.
Behind the Cyclops
Six years ago, The Cyclops Cultural House burnt to the ground. Now the alternative centre in Stockholm has been nominated for Europe’s most prestigious architecture award. Bo Madestrand talks politics and poor man’s ecology with the architect Victor Marx.
It may have started with Spun Light. Or perhaps with an elephant’s skull in Henry Moore’s studio. Sebastian Wrong – the sculptor behind Established and Sons and Wrong for Hay – tells his own design history.
Niemeyer was here
In the port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, a modernist treasure is falling to pieces. Linnea Fehrm and Leo Stolpe Törneman pay a visit to what would have been the country’s pride, the legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s biggest project ever after Brasília.
Legacy for sale
Ikea are not the only ones doing business on 20th century design history. Johan Deurell talks to Magnus Englund, founder of the London company that sells Scandinavian modernism to the world.