Disegno #21


26 November 2018

The winter 2018/19 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Design, Disegno #21, is now available for pre-order and will be in shops in early December.

Disegno #21 offers in-depth, long-form journalism and critical writing, as well as inspiring portraiture, arts photography and reportage, all of which provide a window onto contemporary design and surrounding fields.

Highlights from the winter issue include a profile of Industrial Facility and its design philosophy; a photographic journey through the new infrastructure of the Pearl River Delta; new typologies for office design with Barber & Osgerby; a report on the unlikely marriage between cardboard and tech; a deep dive into Swedish design history by way of a restaurant project at Stockholm's Nationalmuseum; an intimate portrait of Long Island City's storage facilities; a re-interpretation of Verner Panton's textile prints from Dries Van Noten; and a chance to win a re-engineered Brown Betty teapot by Ian McIntyre and Cauldon Ceramics.

Disegno #21 will launch on Tuesday 11 December at The Corner, Wembley Library, Brent Civic Centre, Wembley Park from 6.30-8.30pm. Please RSVP to

Disegno #21 includes:

Photoessay: Retained in Long Island City
The storage centres of New York
Ramak Fazel

Comment: DNA Schmee-N-A
What’s at the core of contemporary branding?
Kristina Rapacki and Leonhard Rothmoser

Anatomy: Du français au russe en français
Jasper Morrison’s revisionist dinner service
Oli Stratford

Comment: Milk from a Stone
Pectoral nourishment
Oli Stratford and Leonhard Rothmoser

Observation: Wired
Seven odes to the filament
The editors and Theresa Marx

Comment: Museums × Retail
Enter, appreciate and exit through the gift shop
Johanna Agerman Ross and Leonhard Rothmoser

Roundtable: Mediated Meaning
Judith Seng’s cooperative sand castles
Viktor Bedö, Ayse Draz, Jana Scholze, Judith Seng, Diane Sunar, Vera Sacchetti (moderator)

Travelogue: Connections in the Pearl River Delta
The politics of Hong Kong’s new urban infrastructure
Zara Arshad and Bowy Chan

Profile: Stroking a Cat the Wrong Way
Industrial Facility embrace the weird
Will Wiles and Jermaine Francis

Technology: The Dead Letter Office
Pauline Deltour’s piggy bank perks up La Poste
Crystal Bennes and Thomas Chéné

Interview: A Panton Rendition
Dries Van Noten reframes the interiors of Verner Panton
Johanna Agerman Ross

Report: Do Humans Dream of Cardboard Sheep?
Cardboard hardware for digital making
Alex Wiltshire and Fabian Frinzel

Review: Lest We Forget?
Remembrance from the First World War
Gian Luca Amadei

Review: Soft Work by Barber & Osgerby
Vitra’s deskless office
Oli Stratford

Review: Tutto Ponti
Revisiting Gio Ponti at MAD Paris
Katia Porro

Review: In Fabric
A killer dress for Peter Strickland’s consumer horror
Nina Power

Project: A National Design?
Swedish history resurfaced in Stockholm’s Nationalmuseum
Kristina Rapacki and Simon Skuteli

Crossword: A Puzzling Brew
Win Ian McIntyre’s re-engineered Brown Betty teapot