Podcast thecrit

08. Robots for public delight

Our hosts discuss the 2021 edition of the Salone del Mobile; a name change at the Serpentine Galleries; Alan Turing on the UK's £50 polymer banknote; the design legacy of Zeev Aram; MSCHF's satanic Nikes with Lil Nas X; and a host of new products from Normann Copenhagen, Moooi, Tala, Tarkett, and Boston Dynamics.

07. Already spectacled

Our seventh episode discusses the winners of this year’s Pritzker Prize; internet inequality; a pavilion proposal for opera revellers; the legislation of dark patterns; a spat about forests; new eco-leathers from Hermès and Allbirds; Neri and Hu’s Petit dining chair; and a look to upcoming exhibitions at the Vitra Design Museum, Maxxi, and the Design Museum, London.

06. Digital tumescent

This week our hosts discuss major institutional restructuring at the V&A; the life and times of atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen; the Amazon app logo snafu; Andrés Reisinger’s digital furniture at auction; and the rise of #Multiform.

05. Remembering birthdays

The Crit team discuss gaming furniture from IKEA; a much-maligned job advert; new plans for the National Gallery’s Sainsbury Wing; and Fenty’s discontinuation of its ready-to-wear line. We also explore some of our favourite stories from the latest issue of Disegno – out now!

04. Rot fingers

This week our hosts discuss the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year; the changing future of Amazon; protest tunnels; USM’s planters; Nike’s hands-free shoes; and a new exhibition by Marcin Rusak.


03. Bad Corp.

In our first episode of 2021, the team look at big tech's response to the Capitol insurrection; a raft of new logos; the retirement of Adobe Flash Player; Pantone's colours of 2021; and a new toilet from Laufen.

Bonus Episode: The feature creep

In this shorter bonus episode our hosts are joined by Disegno's founder Johanna Agerman Ross. The trio reflects on 2020, and some of the design stories that have shaped it. This episode was edited by Kristina Rapacki and produced by Evi Hall. Our theme music is composed by Yuri Suzuki, with Team Suzuki at Pentagram.

02. A singular tumult

In episode two, we chat about B&B Italia’s new artistic leadership; the world’s first approved lab-grown meat; the departures of ZHA and Foster + Partners from climate alliance Architects Declare; the logistics of vaccination; a videogame from Balenciaga; as well as products and projects from Ensemble, Systems Studio, and Nerdabe.

01. You need to explain what’s happening

Episode one includes discussions of alt-right architecture; the future of the Salone del Mobile; the design story behind the fate of Denmark's mink; as well as a host of new product launches from the likes of Vitra, Flos, Muuto and Established&Sons.