Disegno #22


26 March 2019

The spring 2019 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Design, Disegno #22, is now available for pre-order and will be on the newsstand from early April.

Disegno #22 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 spring issue include a travelogue from Tonahuixtla, where Fernando Laposse has been rejuvenating native Mexican corn; an exploration of the pharmatronic features of Tetris Effect; dispatches from CES 2019, where the tech industry has woken up to the crisitunity of climate change; an essay and gallery on the affective values of child-like design features; a look at the 1930s copyright tussle between Alvar Aalto and Marcel Breuer; reflections on Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's fountain designs for an embattled Champs-Élysées; and a chance to win the watering can Grab, designed by Stine Aas for Northern.

Disegno #22 will be available at selected events at the Salone del Mobile from 9-14 April 2019.

Disegno #22 includes:

Observations: Amidst the Grids
Adventures in the matrix

Roundtable: The Good Neighbour Idea
Ilse Crawford unpacks the concept of wellbeing

Comment: What Are We All Dressed Up For?
Raining on the PR parade
Tetsuo Mukai and Leonhard Rothmoser

Comment: Save Us from Beauty
Probing an ugly rhetoric
Kristina Rapacki and Leonhard Rothmoser

Technology: Even in the Face of Adversity
Tech’s bid to fix climate change
Kristina Rapacki and Olaf Otto Becker

Comment: Hysterical Paroxysms
The politics of sex toys
Johanna Agerman Ross and Leonhard Rothmoser

Gallery: A Neotenic State of Mind
Furniture that’ll make you squee
Justin Donelly and Teresa Giannico

Interview: A Home for Italian Design
Joseph Grima on the curation of the Triennale’s collections
Johanna Agerman Ross and Giulio Ghirardi

Project: Public Crystal
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s fountains for fraught times
Peter Smisek and Albrecht Fuchs

Photoessay: Building in the Anthropocene
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park delves into deep time
Corinna Dean and Mikael Olsson

Travelogue: Design for Rural Mexico
Native corn reinvigorates a Mixtec community
Martha Pskowski and Carlos Álvares Montero

Review: Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech
Advice for navigating the new digital landscape
Natalie Kane

Review: Tetris Effect
They all saw blocks
Oli Stratford

Review: The Value of Good Design
MoMA reflects on its role as arbiter of taste
Alexis Romani

Report: Awards Season
Magazines venture into new territory
Joe Lloyd and James Graham

History: Aalto vs. Breuer
Two modernists fight it out over plywood
Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund

Crossword: Concentrate to Irrigate
Win a Grab watering can designed by Stine Aas