Disegno #26

Disegno #26


9 April 2020

Stuck for reading material while in lockdown? Disegno is happy to announce that help is at hand: the spring 2020 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Design, Disegno #26, is now available for pre-order and will be published on 20 April 2020.

Disegno #26 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. The issue will be available in both print and digital formats.

Highlights from the spring issue include a history of São Paulo’s radical Casa do Povo and its future in Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil; an investigation of whether apps can help us break our addiction to, erm, apps; a trip to Formafantasma’s Amsterdam studio on the occasion of its new show at the Serpentine; a look at the literary potential of hotel architecture in the work of Eimear McBride; a visit to MoMA for the new Neri Oxman show; a study of gambling laws and medal games in Tokyo’s arcades; a glimpse into Celine’s refashioning of retail; a photographic tour of Alpine chalets, seen out of season; an investigation of the design failures of forensic kits; and a journey to Mars with NASA’s rover programme.

Disegno #26 comes out in print and digital formats on 20 April 2020, and is available to pre-order now.

Disegno #26 includes:

Photoessay: Out of Season
The Alpine ski resort unveiled
Irene Cieraad, Sebastian Schels and Olaf Unverzart

Comment: Neo-Neo-Classical
Building “American values”
Kate Wagner and Leonhard Rothmoser

Comment: Standards and Protocols
Your toaster wants to speak to your table lamp
Natalie Kane and Leonhard Rothmoser

Anatomy: The Crime Kit
Redesigning forensic apparatus
Joe Lloyd

Observation: AusAir by Isaac Honor, Elias Honor and Jack Graham
The face mask as aromatic design experience
Lara Chapman, Roman Häbler and Matteo Visentin

Observation: Jaga by Matthias Winkler
Old skins for new boots
Oli Stratford, Roman Häbler and Matteo Visentin

Profile: Formafantasma’s Findings
Researching timber through design
Alice Twemlow and Annelie Bruijn

Observation: Chess on Earth by Daniel Weil for Owl & Dog Playbooks
Demilitarising a martial board game
Lara Chapman, Roman Häbler and Matteo Visentin

Review: Of Fashion and Space
Contemporary art in luxury retail
Johanna Agerman Ross

Essay: A Pachinko Game on Anabolic Steroids
The future of Japan’s prismatic medal games
Luke Caspar Pearson and Motohiko Hasui

Observation: Easy Vinyl Maker by Yuri Suzuki for Gakken
Record-cutting in miniature
Kristina Rapacki, Roman Häbler and Matteo Visentin

Comment: Mega-Quarantine
The Infrastructure of Containment
Evi Hall and Leonhard Rothmoser

Report: The Pursuit of ’Appiness
How not to stare at your phone all day
Kristina Rapacki and Eric Pickersgill

Observation: Greta Grotesk by Tal Shub
A grotesque appropriation?
Maxime Weiss, Roman Häbler and Matteo Visentin

Technology: The Tourists
Designing motion for Mars
Oli Stratford and NASA

Review: A Hotel is a Plot
The literary appeal of a room not of one’s own
Will Wiles

Observation: Expressive Proverbs by Attua Aparicio Torinos for MDR Gallery
A meeting of waste streams
Maxime Weiss, Roman Häbler and Matteo Visentin

Advertorial: A History of Rattan
The rise, fall and renaissance of a material
Ali Morris and Paula Prats

Review: The Impossible Designer
On Neri Oxman at MoMA
Glenn Adamson

Observation: Rope Chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Artek
Kinbaku for chair enthusiasts
Evi Hall, Roman Häbler and Matteo Visentin

History: Place of Speech
São Paulo’s Casa do Povo
George Kafka and André Penteado

Seen on Screen: Last Car of the Future
Whatever happened to tomorrow?
Brendan Cormier