• Tables: Designing New Forms of Curation

    Is curation restricted to museums and galleries? Or can the discipline be extended into the wider public realm? In 2018, the Istanbul Design Biennial launched its fourth edition. Themed "A School of Schools", the biennial sought to tackle ways in which design and education might better support one another. One of the projects launched in Istanbul, in partner with the British Council, was Tables, an ongoing series of dinners and discussions exploring new formats for curation.

    Led by Jana Scholze, a curator of contemporary design and associate professor at Kingston School of Art, Tables is an exploration of how of critical discussion might exist outside of gallery and museum settings. In this special podcast episode from Disegno and the British Council, Scholze sets out the aims and aspirations of the project.

    Featuring Jana Scholze and Cansu Cürgen.

  • London Design Festival 2019: Odds and Ends

    Disegno's editorial team discusses installations and exhibitions at the 2019 edition of the London Design Festival.

    In this fourth and final episode, Disegno's editorial team picks up some loose ends: Martino Gamper's Disco Carbonara installation at Coal Drops Yard; Masters of Disguise from the collectible design gallery Seeds; and Lines Form Surface by Mentsen.

    This episode contains language which may not be suitable for children.

    Music by Zapsplat.

  • Clothing and Globalisation: Autonomy and Molas in Panama

    Alisa Ruzavina visits the Guna Yala province of Panama to learn about Mola textiles. In collaboration with local women, she explores the ways in which fashion and craft can be made more sustainable in the context of a global economy.

    This podcast is a collaboration between Disegno and the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

  • London Design Festival 2019: Design and Research

    In this episode, Disegno's editorial team has picked out a number of research-driven projects: Chipsboard, shown as part of Material of the Year at the London Design Fair; James Plimmer's Flohaler, nominated for the Rado Design Prize; Bio Iridescent Sequin by Elissa Brunato, exhibitited as part of CSM's Designing for Turbulent Times display; and the Fleet Fountain by Michael Anastassiades for the London Fountain Company, which has finally found a permanent home in Brompton.

    Music by Zapsplat.

  • London Design Festival 2019: Reuse and Reclamation

    Disegno's editorial team discusses installations and exhibitions at the 2019 edition of the London Design Festival.

    This episode covers three projects using recycled or reclaimed materials: A Second Life by Matter of Stuff, Please Be Seated by Paul Cocksedge, and A Boundless World: In the Face of Tradition by Attua Aparicio Torinos at MDR Gallery.

    Music by Zapsplat.

  • London Design Festival 2019: Design and Public Archives

    Disegno's editorial team run the rule over the opening installations and exhibitions of the 2019 London Design Festival. The team look at Sam Jacob, Big Chief Desmond Melancon, and Non-Pavilion at the V&A, as well as Please Sit at Fenton House.

    Music by Zapsplat.

  • reSITE: A Conversation About Cities

    How do we make our cities more liveable and loveable? Who should we include in discussions about the city, and how can we turn those conversations into concrete action? Disegno speaks to reSITE and Manifesto Market founder Martin Barry about his work in the field of urbanism, ahead of reSITE's annual conference.

    This podcast was recorded live in Manifesto Market, a food and events space in Prague which has risen out of reSITE's working philosophies.

    reSITE's 2019 conference reGENERATE takes place in Prague 19-20 September. Speakers include Yosuke Hayano of MAD Architects and Design Indaba's Ravi Naido.

  • Weaving and Memory: Backstrap Looms in the Philippines

    Weaver Michelle Stephens and academic Rachel Kelly explore the varied weaving practices found across the Philippines, and how to document the country’s local techniques and patterns for prosperity.

    This podcast is a collaboration between Disegno and the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

  • Ceramics and Community: Porcelain-Making in Jingdezhen

    Researcher Xiaofang Zhan visits Jingdezhen, the ceramic centre of China, and discusses the industrial changes the city and surrounding region have undergone in the late 20th century.

    This podcast is a collaboration between Disegno and the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

  • Textiles and Linguistics: Script as Pattern in Kinshasa

    Designer Jess Kilubukila explains the inspiration behind his use of the pan-African Mandombe script on traditional Kuba textiles in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    This podcast is a collaboration between Disegno and the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

  • Smelting and Folklore: Ore to Steel from Ireland to Japan

    Artist and blacksmith Katie Surridge explores traditional smelting techniques in Ireland and Japan, taking listeners on a journey through the processes and folklore associated with metalworking.

    The Residency podcast is a collaboration between Disegno and the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

    Special thanks to Leszek Sikon at Kingdom Forge.

  • After the Showroom: The Realities of Sustainable Design

    A conversation about the afterlife of products and furniture between FranklinTill’s Caroline Till, designer and Berlin University of the Arts lecturer Ineke Hans and Flokk’s Christian Eide Lodgaard, chaired by Disegno’s editor-in-chief Oli Stratford.

    This podcast was created in collaboration with Flokk. 

    This podcast was recorded at the Flokk showroom in London in May 2019 during Clerkenwell Design Week. 

  • Fashion and Identity: Design and the British-Bangladeshi Experience

    Fashion designer Rahemur Rahman reflects on his childhood growing up as a Londoner with Bangladeshi parents, his upbringing’s influence on his work, and his desire to redefine what it means to be “Made in Bangladesh”.

    The Residency podcast is a collaboration between Disegno and the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

  • Salone del Mobile 2019

    Disegno's editorial team come together to discuss their impressions from the 2019 Salone del Mobile, with discussion turning to sustainability at the Fiera and Paola Antonelli's Broken Nature at the Triennale.

    Music by Zapsplat.

  • Objects in Drag

    A conversation about the gendering of objects and furniture between the University of Roehampton’s Nina Power, Betti Marenko of Central St Martins, and designers Nika Zupanc and Ab Rogers, chaired by Disegno’s editor-in-chief Oli Stratford.

    This podcast was recorded at the Moooi showroom in London in October 2018.

  • Re: Use

    A conversation between Emeco's Gregg Buchbinder and the designer Michael Marriott about usage and reuse, chaired by Disegno's editor-in-chief Oli Stratford.

    This podcast was created in collaboration with Emeco.

    This podcast was recorded during a live talk hosted at SCP on 20 September 2018 during London Design Festival.

  • Material Visions

    A conversation between Central Saint Martins' Carole Collet, Franklin Till's Caroline Till and Steelcase's John Small about the potentials afforded by material research and development, chaired by Disegno's editor-in-chief Oli Stratford.

    This podcast was created in collaboration with Steelcase.

    This podcast was recorded during a live talk hosted in Steelcase's Clerkenwell showroom on 24 May 2018 during Clerkenwell Design Week.

  • Designing Flyprint

    A conversation with Nike's Bret Schoolmeester about the development of Flyprint technology, a means of 3D-printing running shoes.

    This podcast was created in collaboration with Nike.

  • Italian and Swedish Postwar Design

    A conversation between Patrizia Moroso and Staffan Tollgard about the legacy of Italian and Swedish postwar design, chaired by Johanna Agerman Ross.

    This podcast was created in collaboration with Moroso and Staffan Tollgard Design Group.

    This podcast was recorded during the launch of Staffan Tollgard's Shapes and Sizes rug for Golran, on 16 November 2017.

  • Familiar Spaces

    How familiar does the city around you feel?

    In collaboration with the British Council and The Finnish Institute.

    Chaired by Oli Stratford with Prof. Juhani Pallasmaa, Luca Picardi, Kate Goodwin, Maria Gasparian and Holly Lewis.

    This podcast was recorded at a live event at The Finnish Institute, London, on 20 May 2017. The event followed a walking tour of the King's Cross redevelopment.

  • The Future of European Design: Policy

    Why aren't all economies circular?

    In collaboration with the British Council.

    Chaired by Joseph Grima with Sarah Mann, Carl-Johan Skogh and Vera Sacchetti.

    This podcast was recorded live at Atelier Clerici during Salone Del Mobile in Milan on 5 April 2017. It is the third of three podcasts about the future of European design, based on programming hosted by Disegno and the British Council.

    Read more about Disegno and the British Council's collaboration here.

  • The Future of European Design: Industry

    Can the European design industry survive a transition from free movement to protectionist values?

    In collaboration with the British Council.

    Chaired by Johanna Agerman Ross with Jan Boelen, Ineke Hans, and Orhan Nikšić.

    This podcast was recorded live at Atelier Clerici during Salone Del Mobile in Milan on 4 April 2017. It is the first of three podcasts about the future of European design, based on programming hosted by Disegno and the British Council.

    Read more about Disegno and the British Council's collaboration here.

  • The Future of European Design: Education

    Are overseas fees corrosive to transnational education?

    In collaboration with the British Council.

    Chaired by Oli Stratford with Sebastian Bergne, Alexis Georgacopoulos, and Tamar Shafrir.

    This podcast was recorded live at Atelier Clerici during Salone Del Mobile in Milan on 4 April 2017. It is the first of three podcasts about the future of European design, based on programming hosted by Disegno and the British Council.

    Read more about Disegno and the British Council's collaboration here.