Special Project

Visions for 2017: Liliana Ovalle


29 December 2016

After the annus horribilis of 2016, what might 2017 have in store?

This was the question that Disegno sent out to a group of 12 design studios at the end of the year, with an open brief to design a poster setting out a vision for 2017. The designers were given rein to speculate, snipe, critique, amuse or predict. Disegno will publish the results of what they came up on Disegno Daily throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

The results are wildly divergent, all presenting a different vision for what the world has in store for the coming year. Some are optimistic, others mournful. All, however, evince their creators’ ability to surmise complex information and ideas in immediately graspable and relatable graphics and imagery.

Disegno’s seventh projection was designed by Liliana Ovalle, a product and furniture designer based in London. In 2016, Ovalle exhibited her Open Fires ceramics collection – which is produced though a burning process that employs lit dung and agave leaves – in Paris's Great Design Gallery. Ovalle also developed En Concreto, a series of small concrete objects that explore the material's resonance within modern architecture. For Disegno's poster project, Ovalle chose to examine the shifts in global politics that 2016 brought about.

"To many of us this year has deeply shaken our concept of the world," says Ovalle. "Notions of growth, globalisation and human progress are not matched by reality. The illustration shows a spirit level, an instrument used to check that a surface is perfectly level, but in this case it is not working quite right. The indicator bubble is off centre, going in the opposite direction to our expectation. Maybe the instrument is broken, just as our parameters have fallen short in comprehending the complex moment we are facing. The world seems to be changing, and we have to widen our understanding of it. In 2017 we need to recalibrate, just as the bubble has yet to find the centre."