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Design in Dialogue

April 1 - June 30, 2020

Friedman Benda, New York, NY

Episode 1: Misha Kahn April 1, 2020...

Episode 1: Misha Kahn

April 1, 2020

Friedman Benda announces Design in Dialogue, a series of online interviews hosted by curator and historian Glenn Adamson. Join leading voices from the field—designers, makers, critics, and curators—as they discuss their work and ideas. Conversations are held on Zoom for 45 minutes + 15 minutes participatory Q&A, beginning at 11am Eastern Standard Time, three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


The interview with Daniel Arsham, originally scheduled for June 3, will be rescheduled. Arsham writes:

“I have spent the past few days in shock watching what is happening in this country. I have spent time with my staff and determined that for this week we will only be focusing on messages in Solidarity with the Black community. I won't be posting any of my work this week, rather I'll be focusing on Black creators and voices whose work has influenced my world. Given that, I'm afraid I don't think this is the right week for me to talk about design or to discuss anything other than what is happening.”
Please go to Daniel’s social media feed for more of his thoughts on the present crisis, and we wish you all strength and safety at this tumultuous time.


Future guests will include:


Monday June 8: Mark McDonald, the legendary design dealer rightly described by the New York Times as “Mr. Modernism,” will share stories from his pioneering career at Fifty/50 gallery and beyond. We’ll focus particularly on his work with Frank Lloyd Wright, Ray Eames, Leza McVey, Sam Kramer and Art Smith.  


Wednesday June 10: Gaetano Pesce may well be the most influential living designer. Since the 1960s he has originated numerous strategies that are now pervasive in the discipline, including speculative design, mass customization, and figurative architecture. We’ll speak with the great provocateur about his long and fascinating career, and get his thoughts on the challenges of the present moment.


Friday June 12: Leo Warner, founding director of 59 Productions, will reveal the process behind his firm’s multidisciplinary design work—from the blockbuster V&A exhibition “David Bowie Is,” to architectural projections and theatrical productions, to new horizons in the domain of virtual reality.


To watch past episode recordings, please click the caption of each episode, or access the recordings from the links below or our YouTube channel:

Episode 1: Misha Kahn

Episode 2: Chris Schanck

Episode 3: Zoë Ryan

Episode 4: Faye Toogood

Episode 6: Najla El Zein

Episode 7: OrtaMiklos

Episode 8: Ron Arad

Episode 9: Libby Sellers

Episode 10: Alexandra Cunningham Cameron

Episode 11: James Wines

Episode 12: Alice Stori Liechtenstein & Marlène Huissoud

Episode 13: Sarah Schleuning

Episode 14: Stephen Burks

Episode 15: Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

Episode 16: Monica Obniski, Darrin Alfred, Bobbye Tigerman

Episode 17: Adam Silverman

Episode 18: Alexandra Lange

Episode 19: Aric Chen

Episode 20: Joris Laarman

Episode 21: Cindi Strauss

Episode 22: Deyan Sudjic


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