Disegno is the leading quarterly magazine dedicated to in-depth and independent reporting on architecture, design and fashion. Containing unique and insightful content, the magazine aims to generate debate, inform, entertain and inspire, bringing thoughtful analysis of current events to a design-interested audience. Disegno is released in April, June, September and November. Below is a list of our previous issues and their content. You can purchase individual issues on this page or support us by signing up for an annual, four issue, subscription.
Disegno #17 includes:
Gareth Pugh’s costumes for the Dutch National Opera; an analysis of universal museums at the Louvre Abu Dhabi; a roundtable discussion about defeating the new with Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg; a return to LA’s screaming cityscape in Blade Runner 2049; reportage from the abandoned mansions of Točka; Christien Meindertsma’s explorations of flax; a history of Paris’s forgotten waterways; 12 emojis for 2018 from Committee, Pentagram, the Campana Brothers, Daisy Alexandra Ginsberg, Morag Myerscough and Maiko Takeda, among others; Project Intrepid’s efforts to combat sexual assault; a chance meeting between Horse Lamp and Night Owl; a refresh to Lufthansa’s design identity from PearsonLloyd; photographic documentation of the San Gimignano Lichtenberg by Erica Overmeer; cultural analysis of a portrait of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby; Mexico and the USA’s cross-border design history; and explorations of space with Super Mario.
Disegno #17 is on sale from late November 2017
Disegno #16 includes:
Matthias Merkel Hess's ceramics re-wilded in New York's Chinatown; public space in post-coup Istanbul; an assessment of where driverless vehicles leave the cultural cipher of the driver; a micro-history of the protest banner from Glenn Adamson; a documentation of the moving town of Kiruna; the destruction of cultural property in Palmyra and efforts to combat it; cathartic clubbing with Charles Jeffrey from Loverboy; Paola Antonelli on fashion as product design; a re-interpretation of Erik Satie's century-old furniture music by Yuri Suzuki; reflections on the renewed interest in the monumental mosaic art of the former USSR; States of Undress providing fresh perspectives on global fashion and its discontents; app-aided explorations of the architecture of London; and a romp through Helsingborg's Museum of Failure.
Disegno #16 is on sale from September 2017
Disegno #15 includes:
The story of Amanda Levete’s porcelain courtyard for the V&A; a travelogue about spirituality’s role in the architectural reconstruction of the Kathmandu Valley; strategies for queering objects with Gabriel Maher and Nina Power; an interview with Kieran Long about his plans to revive Stockholm’s ArkDes; workshop photographs exploring Jerszy Seymour and Cucula’s vision for a post-integration Berlin; the forgotten history of silipol, Milan’s postwar marble alternative; futurist analysis of Ross Lovegrove’s retrospective at the Centre Pompidou; a photographic farewell to 2 Belfast Road, the home of Okay Studio and friends; spatial politics raised by the renovation of Jesus Christ’s tomb; an analysis of the cotton poplin practice of Cos’s Karin Gustafsson; Pink Floyd and the rise of the jukebox exhibition; an investigation into the infrastructure behind Kenya’s state-sponsored torture; Urban-Think Tank’s plan to Reactivate Athens; and an El Ultimo Grito inspired roundtable about the critical and cultural value of the glitch.
Disegno #15 is on sale from July 2017
Disegno #14 includes:
An interview with J.W. Anderson about abstraction’s role in fashion and art; a series of quality control tests in Ikea’s test lab; a report on the political challenges of Selgas Cano’s school for Nairobi’s Kibera slum; 11 colour tests for Johannes Itten, developed by Bethan Laura Wood, Jasper Morrison, Ab Rogers, All the Way to Paris, Olafur Eliasson, Edward Meadham, Laetitia de Allegri, Ronan Bouroullec, Gamfratesi, Studiopepe and Muller Van Severen; a micro-history of designed animal life in the age of Crispr; Beasts of Balance’s exploration of play at the coalface of digital/physical interaction; an anatomy of the co-working space, as envisaged by Onkar Kular; GT2P’s exploration of the design possibilities of lava from Chile’s volcanoes; reportage on the future of the nation state in the face of the EU’s Rail Baltica infrastructure project; watercolours from Alpine Architecture, the landmark crystal architecture treatise from Bruno Taut; seaweed from the shores of Sharjah with Talin Hazbar and Julia Lohmann; the politics of Sweden’s VAT cut for repairs; an assessment of Abstract, the new poster child for design from Netflix; the connections between networked objects and musical instruments, as explored by Roli’s Blocks; and design analysis of the speculations of Donald Trump, with contributions from Parsons & Charlesworth, Ahmed Ansari, Nama Khalil, Carolyn Shapiro and Francisco Sousa Lobo, Ilona Gaynor and A Parede.
Disegno #14 is on sale from April 2017
Disegno #13 includes:
A roundtable between Deyan Sudjic, Justin McGuirk, John Pawson, and Morag Myerscough about the making of London’s new Design Museum; Samsung and Apple grapple over design patents in the US Supreme Court; field notes on the singular urbanism of the refugee camps of Western Sahara; a report on redesigning money in the age of immaterial cash; archival material from Alexander Girard’s childhood utopia; George Sowden’s plans to retire the lightbulb; a photoessay exploring the cultural landscape of Dionysos, a marble quarry outside Athens; portraits for political conciliation with Faye Toogood; a conversation between Zowie Broach and Sam Jacob about the future of design education; a special project on perception in design by Laureline Galliot by way of A.A. Milne; reflections on the limitations of the limitless procedural generation of No Man’s Sky; unpacking vulgarity at the Barbican Art Gallery; a breakdown of the Pacific Solution and its spatial politics of refusal; the human and environmental impact of the consumer electronics industry as relayed by Death by Design; Michele De Lucchi’s reintroduction of the secretary desk; adventures in sound and music with Yuri Suzuki; and reflections on the role of architecture in African-American history, as prompted by a visit to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.
Disegno #13 is on sale from on 5 December 2016
Disegno #12 includes:
Roksanda Ilinčić and David Adjaye on the connections between architecture and fashion; Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley reflecting on how to redesign the species for the Istanbul Design Biennale; an investigation of the UNESCO World Heritage List, as told through the divergent fates of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright; a report on packaging designs for the future of e-commerce; the story of Italian Limes and its efforts to map borders in post-Schengen Europe; a gallery of the empty spaces of OMA’s Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice’s first department store; Iran’s design community explored through a travelogue about the country’s post-sanctions future; nine experimental strategies for raising a glass with Matali Crasset, Formafantasma and Emilie Baltz, among others; a celebration of 50 years of B&B Italia, filtered through Raymond Queneau’sindustrial styrene poetry; Studio Swine on the trail of Henry Ford in the Amazon rainforest; reflection on how to understand spaces through sound in Bernie Krause’s The Great Animal Orchestra; a review of Play:ground, New York’s new junk space for children; an essay on the Kindle Oasis and the development of e-readers; a discussion of how designs for power have failed in the aftermath of Brexit; a breakdown of the authorless design of the Brown Betty teapot; and Stefanie Tschirky’s material-led fashion design.
Disegno 12 launches on 19 September 2016
Disegno #11 includes:
A discussion about the impact of Brexit on design with Ab Rogers, El Ultimo Grito and Julia Lohmann among others; a meeting with Martino Stierli about the relevance of architecture and design to MoMA; landmine disposal in Cambodia; a report into the significance of design auctions; a day of LA film noire with architect Liam Young; dancer Adrien Dantou in dialogue with the experimental chair designs of Konstantin Grcic; a travelogue about Bosnia’s future in furniture manufacture; Makiko Minigawa on the importance of haptic feedback in textiles; director Paul Schrader arguing for the cinematic legacy of Charles Eames; Parsons & Charlesworth's travels through Indian ritualistic objects; a reinterpretation of public space from Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec; a review of Rowan Moore's latest book on the development of London; artist Giles Round's reverence for the historic tiles of the London Underground; the blurring line between couture and prêt-à-porter at the Met's Manus x Machina; an assessment of 2016/ Arita's Japanese ceramics; and Industrial Facility in conversation about their Run series for Emeco.
Disegno #10 includes:
The female fictions of fashion designer Erdem Moralıoğlu; a tour of Bahrain with architect Anne Holtrop; ghost stories about Milan’s industrial past, with contributions from Alessandro Mendini, Marco de Vincenzo, Patricia Urquiola, Jamie Hayon, Oki Sato and Paola Antonelli; design lessons from Naoto Fukasawa’s paper products; a roundtable with OMA and Rem Koolhaas about the perils of architectural preservation; Jasper Morrison’s photographic memories of Tsukiji fish market; a conversation between Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena and author Owen Hatherley; reviews of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Philodendron, and The Witness; a travelogue about the textile industry and fashion community of Porto; a report on the potential of computational design; an insight into the utopian transparency of Sanaa’s Grace Farms; Felipe Ribon’s necromantic plans for reshaping design; a gallery of jacquard designs; and a meeting with ID’s legendary founding editor Jane Thompson.
Disegno No.9 includes:
A photoessay about Uruguay's female wool workers • Jasper Morrison's dumbphone • Understanding furniture design with Magis's Eugenio Perazza • Mats Rombaut's ethical footwear • A return to Villa le Lac • Welcoming the corporations to creative Berlin • 3D-printed fashion from Bruno Pieters • The story behind Michael Graves's 9093 bird kettle
Furniture design and e-commerce • Peter Pilotto's break from digital fashion design • The history of Robin Day's Polypropylene chair • Architecture and art in Senegal's far east • An Adolf Loos essay about changing feet and footwear • Toronto's burgeoning transport infrastructure • An essay on the design potential of shit
Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec on the wonder of screens • Michael Anastassiades enters furniture design • Designing for yachts with Konstantin Grcic • Chicago's Architecture Biennial • Saint Laurent's maison de couture • A letter from austerity-struck Athens
The Disegno Residency
New methods for communicating climate change, with contributions from Marjan van Aubel, Sam Baron, Maria Blaisse, Ilona Gaynor, Ross Lovegrove, Neri & Hu, Parsons & Charlesworth, PearsonLloyd, Universal Design Studio and Dominic Wilcox
Disegno No.8 includes:
A photoessay of the rebuilding of Haiti • The pagan design practice of Hilda Hellström • Learning from octogenarian designer Miguel Milá • Google's modular Project Ara • The ethical problem of architecture • Cutting clothes with Nike ACG • Loris&Livia's tipsy foundations • Voluminous furniture • Fashion and feminism • Exploring the design community of Rotterdam's harbour
The frontier lands of food design • Profiling Jasper Morrison • A photo series about gender identity in fashion • Klaus Haapaniemi's designs for opera • Volume without weight in the fashion design of Thomas Tait • A travelogue of Baku's urban development • A roundtable about copying in an age of mass manufacture
Designing government at the V&A • Jonathan Olivares's industrial customisation • A swimming pool for a building site by Ooze • Formafantasma's Roman holiday • A historical home for Fendi • A look at African design by the Vitra Design Museum • Resurrecting the flaneur
The Disegno Residency
Viktor&Rolf’s No More Poetry?
An exploration of the death of conceptualism in fashion
Disegno No.7 includes:
A Tokyo meeting with milliner Maiko Takeda • Daniel Rybakken on Gio Ponti's Fato Lamp • A new prefab housing for Sweden • The problem of favela chic • John Baldessari on fashion and art • Little Architect's Toolset • Chaos at the museum • Balenciaga's carbon fibre jacket • The scent of design
A travelogue of the Bregenzerwald bus stops • Quilting and padding in fashion • The rise of Hella Jongerius • Household appliances as social critique • A visit to Herzog & de Meuron's Brazilian sports ground • Ann-Sofie Back's perverted fashion • A report on the future of the Royal College of Art
Herman Miller's Living Office
The past and present of Indian design • Glithero's illusions • The emergence of anxious objects • Rebuilding the Mac • Bug-out bags for Istanbul • Jonathan Keats's 100-year cameras • Industrial Facility on beauty • Disegno's diary
The Disegno Residency
Olafur Eliasson's Your Uncertain Archive
Disegno No.6 includes:
An evening with Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec’s Lustre Gabriel • Felix Chabluk Smith's induction to the Met’s Costume Institute • Céline's sphere heel • The opening of the V&A’s fashion archive • Architectural Protopaper • A breakfast with Martino Gamper • Critiquing the rise of design pornography • Collective fabrics with Vivienne Westwood • Seaweed creations by Julia Lohmann • Lightness in Lindberg • Luxury brands as the new Medici
Understanding Konstantin Grcic • An investigation into colour in design • Celebrating the legacy of Lina Bo Bardi • A photo-essay about transparency in fashion • Forests as idea generators for design • Fashion and art in the work of Boudicca • Creating the architecture of the fashion show • Fictional design with Dunne & Raby
Azzedine Alaïa’s admiration for Charles James • Coffee with Luca Nichetto • A reading list for Charlotte Perriand • Wrapping architecture with Anton Alvarez • Tudor Chimney pots by Wieki Somers • Eley Kishimoto's wallpaper
The Disegno Residency
Nathalie Du Pasquier’s The Construction of a Collection and a Collection of Constructions
Disegno No.5 includes:
Industrial Facility’s bento boxes for objects • Hermès' Constance Cartable • An alternative take on Marseille’s architecture • The artifice of Gareth Pugh • Smartgeometry and computer design • Masks by Nitzan Cohen • The future of design education • Wieki Somers’ samurai light poles • The Diogene House by Renzo Piano
Cohen and Van Balen’s lament for industrial China • Renovating Donald Judd’s 101 Spring Street • The e Kumbh Mela metropolis • Lighting design and the future • An email exchange between Mary Katrantzou and Erik Madigan Heck • Hella Jongerius and the UN • Design and dance with Richard Siegal
Visualising time with Vitamins • A reading list for Dries Van Noten • Tom Dixon for Adidas • Claesson Koivisto Rune’s prefab architecture • Wrong for Hay • Marloes ten Bhömer’s engineered footwear • DesignMarketo's Perfume, Sir?
The Disegno Residency
Paul Smith’s Nine Mundane but Amazing Items of Design
Disegno No.4 includes:
War paint with Faye Toogood • Kengo Kuma’s reading list • The development of Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park • A turning point for Established & Sons • A report on re-editions • The anatomy of the press trip
Iris Van Herpen’s digital couture • An insight into The Seaboard synthesiser • A storm-tossed visit to Herzog & de Meuron’s Parrish Art Museum • Design and jewellery • Hedi Slimane’s anthology of Yves Saint Laurent • Japonisme in the 21st century • A critique of architectural photography • The architectural interios of Donald Milne • An essay on the rise of Icelandic design
CODA’s Party Wall at MoMA PS1 • Portuguese cake design • The social ethos of Fixperts • Mojang’s video game architecture
The Disegno Residency
Valentino’s Glossary of Couture
Disegno No.3 includes:
The emergence of Julie Richoz • Digital reading with Strelka Press • Online fashion archives • Selected reading • The return of Charles Pollock • An investigation of design accessories
Maria Blaisse advocates the beauty of retirement • The legacy of Victor Papanek • Conducting NASA’s space orchestra with Nelly Ben Hayoun • Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence • An essay on the fold • A review of the Venice Architecture Biennale • Mattiazzi’s handmade ethos • An appreciation of the mask
Eley Kishimoto at 20 • Shigeru Ban’s cardboard cathedral • Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun • Skulls and seams with Aithor Throup • Berg’s Little Printer
The Disegno Residency
Will Wiles’ Design Erotica
Disegno No.2 includes:
Giambattista Valli's couture debut • The architectural legacy of 2011 • Harri Koskinen's arrival at Iittala • Konstantin Grcic's Selected Reading • The new wave of designers and design brands
A photoessay of Paulo David's Madeira • Documenting Central Saint Martins' move • Reappreciating the New Domestic Landscape • Architecture's study of the shelter • Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada in conversation • Inga Sempé on the life and work of Inga Sempé • The fetishisation of craft
Murray Moss's fresh start • Designing a shirt with Palmer Harding • K2S Architects' Chapel of Silence • Tadashi Kawamata's tsunami debris tower • Experimenting with the capabilities of wood
The Disegno Residency
The Look, Animals! creative cookbook
Disegno No.1 includes:
Inside Martin Szekely's Paris apartment • Considering Los Angeles by bicycle • Breakfast with Issey Miyake's Yoshiyuki Miyamae • Alice Rawsthorn's Selected Reading • The emergence of Daniel Rybakken • Investigating the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa • Is recession good for architecture • Catalytic clothing and the reduction of air pollution
An essay on decay • Lunch with Azzedine Alaïa • The story of Barber Osgerby's Tip Ton chair • A conversation about design and democracy • Island hopping in the Japan's Inland Sea • Rebuilding Pringle's archive • An aerial photoessay on London's Olympic Park • The design of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec • Design's interest in fertility • Documenting the office lunch
Massoud Hassani's mine sweeper • Nicola Morgan's rapid-prototyped couture • Cecil Balmond's new studio • Bending chairs with François Dumas • Tze Goh's minimalism
The Disegno Residency
A Day in the Life of Ernesto Bones: a game of exquisite corpse