White-collar Tales is Disegno's third series of Film Nights, hosted in conjunction with RIBA London, and is themed around the evolution of the contemporary workspace. Over the course of two evenings in June 2015, Disegno will screen a pair of films that reveal the dramatic progression of office design (and its associated cultural implications) in the 20th century. Both films will be introduced by experts in architecture and design.
The first evening will focus on Jacques Tati's 1967 comedy Playtime. Set in a modernist version of Paris, Playtime was remarkable for its vast set – christened "Tativille – which anticipated the later rise of office cubicle culture. It is a compelling portrait of the 1960s workspace. Playtime will screen on 3 June.
The second evening is centred on Mike Judge's Office Space, a 1999 comedy. The film is based around employee dissatisfaction in a mid-to-late-1990s software company, with much of the action satirising the dominance of the cubicle-based workspaces common at the time.Office Space will screen on 30 June.
White-collar Tales is kindly sponsored by Humanscale
Bookings for White-collar Tales will open soon
White-collar Tales: Playtime 3 June
White-collar Tales:Office Space 30 June
66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD
23-24 January, 2015
Textures & Treatments is a one-off installation in Paris designed by Marcin Rusak and Jacopo Sarzi, created to celebrate the launch of Waterford’s Rebel crystal collection. Hosted at Idem, a 19th-century print works in Montparnasse, the installation takes inspiration from both the setting of the print studio and Rebel. The result is a series of partially overlapping wall units, designed by Rusak, that are made from reclaimed wood and finished in translucent, glossy resin.
Sarzi, a London-based food designer, was commissioned by Disegno to create a series of machines for collective drink making – a squeezer, a crusher and a vacuum-brewing machine.
As part of the project Disegno has also commissioned three limited edition lithograph prints designed by Rusak (pictured right), Sarzi and Jo Sampson, the designer of Waterford’s Rebel collection. These will be printed by the master printers at Idem. The prints are limited to 20 editions of each design and will be available to purchase both online (on DisegnoDaily) and during the event in Paris.
The three prints may be seen here and can be purchased below:
Brian du Halgouet was commissioned by Disegno to photograph the event.
Idem Studio and Item Gallery
49, rue du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
17 September 2014
During the London Design Festival Disegno hosted a talk and exhibition at the Pringle of Scotland store in Mayfair on the theme Material Change. The talk focused on material innovation in fashion, exploring the rise of 3D printed fabrics. Chaired by Disegno's editor-in-chief Johanna Agerman Ross, the talk saw Pringle's head of design Massimo Nicosia, architect Richard Beckett (with whom Nicosia has collaborated on integrating 3D printed materials into Pringle's design), and Caroline Till, the course leader of Central Saint Martins' Material Futures MA discuss 3D printing's impact on fashion in the light of Pringle of Scotland's use of the technology in its last two collections.
The exhibition featured work by graduates from the Material Futures MA. Under Till's direction, this course has grown into a progressive force in the examination of materiality within design.
Pringle of Scotland, 94 Mount Street, London W1K 2SZ
25 June 2014
The Disegno Lectures are a new academic format, part of Disegno’s Salon programme. For the first lecture we invited the editors of the newly released book Josef Frank Schriften Tano Bojankin and Iris Meder to deliver a lecture on the life and work of the Austrian designer Frank. The event was hosted at the Swedish Ambassador's residence in London and was supported by the Embassy of Sweden, Svenskt Tenn and the Austrian Cultural Forum. A full film of the lecture can be viewed here.
27 Portland Place, London W1B 1QA
8-14 April 2014
To celebrate the launch of Disegno No.6 and it's residency by the designer and artist Nathalie Du Pasquier, Disegno staged an exhibition of Du Pasquier's work in her Milan studio during the Milan Furniture Fair. It comprised her constructions, her paintings and the original artwork that appears in the magazine.
A film from the exhibition and a brief interview with Du Pasquier can be found here.
46/B Gallery, Corso di Porta Nuova, 46, 20121, Milan
19 & 22 September, 5 & 12 November 2013
The second series of FilmNights focused on American architecture, furniture and fashion during the mid-20th century and how the images these decades produced have had an ever-lasting impact on international design and architecture. Films presented ranged from Marfa Voices, a tribute to the artist Donald Judd presented by his daughter Rainer Judd, Nelly Ben Hayoun’s International Space Orchestra presented by Ben Hayoun, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman presented by its director Eric Bricker and producer Will Paice, Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel presented by fashion critic Paula Reed and finally Eames: The Architect and The Painter presented by Eames scholar Pat Kirkham. This edition of the Film Nights series took place at a range of venues, starting at DesignJunction during London Design Festival, then moving to the V&A Museum during their Digital Design Weekend before returning to RIBA London for the three final screenings. The screenings were sponsored by Emeco, One Leicester Street, Park Communications, Fedrigoni.
Various locations, London
17 and 21 September 2013
Working in partnership with the Mallorcan footwear brand Camper, Disegno organised two walking tours through a selection of East London studios during London Design Festival in September 2013. The first tour culminated in a launch party for both Disegno No.5 as well as the new Camper Store in Old Spitalfields Market designed by Doshi Levien. Both tours visited the spaces of leading design figures such as Tomás Alonso, Doshi Levien and Felix de Pass, in addition to visiting Disegno’s newly redesigned office space. The Camper Walks provided an insight into a creative centre within London for the city's design industry, in addition to granting a rare opportunity to see and talk to designers at work in their own studio spaces.
283 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AS
In the summer of 2013 Disegno organised a series of events about food and design at Somerset House, coinciding with the exhibition about celebrated chef Ferran Adrià and his Barcelona restaurant elBulli. The programme included a talk and two workshops that looked at the role of design in the creation, display and consumption of food. We first learned how to photograph food using different props and lighting effects in a workshop with photographer Richard Haughton; then we listened to experimental designer Marti Guixé discuss his technical biscuits called Embedded Drinks alongside other inventions like atomic olives, post-it chips and hands-free lollipops; and finally we worked with Design Marketo and designer Jacopo Sarzi to sculpt, cool and sweeten cocktails using glacially beautiful blocks of ice. The series applied the hands-on nature of the cooking show to design-related workshops and gave us fresh insight into the innovations being used in the profession of food design to document, invent and create edible delights.
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
17 April 2013
To celebrate the launch of Disegno No.4 we invited friends for a midnight dinner during the Milan Furniture Fair in Form Us With Love's pop-up restaurant and exhibition in the new exhibition space Juice. It was a private rather than public event, which lead to some wonderful conversations over a delicious meal. The following morning we had an open event, inviting people for a launch breakfast of Disegno No.4.
13 December 2012
Disegno’s annual review to round-up the highlights in architecture, fashion and design from 2012 was held at the Molteni & C. Dada showroom on Shaftesbury Avenue in London. Invited to present the most important events from the past year were architecture critic of the Evening Standard Kieran Long, editor of LOVE magazine Alex Fury and curator of modern furniture and product design at the V&A Jana Scholze. While Long proclaimed the London Olympics, the video game Minecraft being translated into real-life urban design, and David Chipperfield’s curation of the Venice Biennale as his three highlights within architecture, Scholze listed the London Design Festival medal winners, Jonathan Ive taking over software design at Apple and the resignation of three heads of the masters programme at Eindhoven as her three key events in design. Fury, on the other hand said that the various moves of Nicolas Ghesquière leaving Balenciaga, Hedi Slimane going to Yves Saint Laurent and Raf Simons to Dior, were what excited and intrigued him most from the past 12 months in fashion.
Molteni & C, 199 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8AR
13 November, 4 December 2012, 15 & 21 January 2013
From November 2012 to January 2013, Disegno, in collaboration with the RIBA London organised a series of film nights asking leading figures in architecture, fashion and design to present a film that has influenced their work. The series was comprised of an eclectic selection of films. It began with Pascal Schöning, architect and former Unit Master at the Architectural Association , whose film was Jim Jarmusch’s 2009 Limits of Control, which was followed by Antonio Berardi’s choice of Pietro Germi’s Sedotta E Abbandonata that took him back to his Sicilian roots, to Urban Think Tank’s Alfredo Brillembourg’s selection of the 1968 Memorias del Subdesarolla by Tomás Guttiérez Alonso, and then culminating with El Ultimo Grito’s pick of Luis García Berlanga’s Good Morning Mister Marshall from 1953. Each evening began with a short presentation followed by the film screening and then an informal drinks reception for discussion afterwards. Using the common medium of film, this event broadened the existing conversation between the disciplines of architecture, design and fashion as well as providing us with a new lens through which to watch each film from its presenter’s perspective.
RIBA London, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
11 September 2012
Disegno hosted a lecture with French designer Inga Sempé at the Ligne Roset showroom in the City of London. Sempé whose work was featured in Disegno No.2, is known for products such as her Österlen chair, W103c lamp and Ruché sofa. Sempé described her early experiences of creating fake company names to force manufacturers to speak to her ("When I used to ring manufacturers the most common response was 'We just deal with companies!'"), her recent success in winning a risotto spoon design competition held by Alessi ("I am usually too proud and touchy to enter into competitions and risk losing"), to her celebrated work with Ligne Roset ("Like tiramisu, adjusting layers is part of the secret of making comfortable sofas”).
An interview with her, following the lecture can be viewed here
Ligne Roset City, 7-39 Commercial Road, London E1 1LF
27 June 2012
Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken hosted a salon focusing on the iPad in his design process. Having visited Rybakken in his Gothenburg studio and featured his work in Disegno No.1, this event was an interesting opportunity to learn more about the role of technology in his practice. In this masterclass, hosted at the Future Laboratory in London, Rybakken explained how this digital device has changed how he sketches ideas as well as how he presents concepts to clients.
Future Laboratory, Elder Street, London E1 6BT
29 May 2012
For this salon, Rolf Sachs opened up his studio space on top of a disused car park in Fulham, southwest London, prior to moving to their current premises in the Gasworks. Sachs, an industrial designer and artist presented a selection of projects while talking about the experimental nature of his practice. The space, which he had occupied for 16 years, was like a cabinet of curiosities, and he invited visitors to explore its contents over drinks following his talk. From light fixtures trapped within bell jars, to a tube light runged ladder, to chemistry equipment, chair prototypes and the odd piece of taxidermy, the studio encapsulated the many inspirations, experiments and projects undertaken by the studio.