Our cover story is Olafur Eliasson, a Danish Icelandic artist renowned for his large-scale installation work that draws heavily on light and colour, as well as his engagement with the design and architecture industries. We invited Eliasson to curate 21 pages of Disegno and he responded with Your Uncertain Archive. The residency explores Eliasson’s exploration of the internet and web design, as well as documenting his creation of his own website. It proved a diverse process; one that took in modelling, meteorites, tagging, lion dances and orientation.
The issue explores a diverse range of architecture, design and fashion stories. We take a tour of Austria’s Bregenzerwald, where a team of international architects have created sculptural bus stops for a remote village; Swedish designer Ann-Sofie Back illuminates her outsider status in the fashion industry; and Hella Jongerius invites us into her new studio in a former spice warehouse in Berlin.
Other stories see critic Owen Hatherley warn of the dangers of fetishising favelas; John Baldessari reflect on the similarities between fashion and art; Jonathon Keats explain his century-long photographic vision for Berlin; Disegno’s editorial team examine the uncertain future of the Royal College of Art’s Design Products MA; Priya Khanchandani look at Indian craft and design; and a look at the evolution of quilting and padding in fashion.
This issue we are also excited to introduce a special section: Disegno Dispatches. This area of the magazine allows us to focus on a particular area of design and industry, scrutinising a project or manufacturer in depth. We were delighted to inaugurate this section with a collaboration with Herman Miller, the American design brand that has recently launched its Living Office philosophy for office design. Living Office forms the first subject of Disegno Dispatches.
Disegno No.7 is printed by Park Communications on Symbol Tatami 115gsm and will be launched during London Design Festival.