Design in Dialogue #93: MASS Design Group

“Can buildings heal?” was the fundamental question that led Michael Murphy to found the non-profit architectural practice MASS Design Group in 2008. Now a collaborative of over 140 architects, designers, planners, and strategists, with offices in Boston and Kigali, they define their mission as researching, building, and advocating for architecture that promotes justice and human […]

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Design in Dialogue #92: Humberto Campana

Humberto Campana, whose work with his brother Fernando has defined avant-garde design practice in Brazil for three decades, talked about the way Estudio Campana has formed its vocabulary through partnerships with international manufacturing and local artisans.   Watch the conversation here:   About Design in Dialogue Inaugurated in April 2020 in response to the pandemic […]

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Design in Dialogue #91: Jonathan Trayte

Jonathan Trayte brings a unique sensibility to the design discipline. His works provide nuanced witness to an age of overabundance; they are exuberant, mordantly witty, with an undertow of melancholy. The compositions, with their intuitive and improbable juxtapositions, recall surrealism while also roaming freely through contemporary pop iconography. Trayte is also a prodigious maker, and […]

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Design in Dialogue #90: Irma Boom

Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom has designed over 300 books and is generally regarded as an artist in her field. Considering all aspects of the architecture of the book, including its cover, spine, pages, ink, color, surface, texture and size, as sites for reinvention, she is always experimental and challenges how we understand the printed […]

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Design in Dialogue #89: Philippe Starck

Design in Dialogue welcomes Philippe Starck to the series. The eminent French creator joined us for a wide-ranging conversation, touching on his own entry into the design world, his belief in democratic objects, his predictions about the dematerialized future of the discipline, and many other topics. Don’t miss this inspiring conversation.   Watch the conversation […]

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Design in Dialogue #88: Random International

The London-based studio Random International is at the forefront of interactive and immersive art experiences. In celebrated projects such as the Rain Room, Swarm, and Our Future Selves, they have found ways to humanize the technology that strongly shapes our society, creating emotional yet physically intense experiences. We are joined by the studio’s founders, Florian Ortkrass […]

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Design in Dialogue #87: Christien Meindertsma

How should designers respond to the existential threat of climate change? Christien Meindertsma has an answer: research. In her hands, design is an investigative tool, a means of understanding global distribution flows and production systems. Working from her base in the Netherlands, she has traced all the many products made from a single pig; purchased an […]

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Design in Dialogue #86: Jonathan Jackson

WeShouldDoItAll is not only the name of the multidisciplinary creative studio of Jonathan Jackson and his wife Sarah Nelson Jackson, but also a statement of philosophical intention. Having studied architecture, Jonathan leads a practice that is rooted in the built environment of brand activations, exhibitions, and installations, as well as furniture and graphic design. Through […]

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Design in Dialogue #85: Michele de Lucchi

This week, we are joined by the Italian maestro Michele de Lucchi, who has left a significant imprint on international design and architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries. De Lucchi has been active even before he graduated from his architecture studies; while a student in Florence, De Lucchi founded Cavart (1973), one of the […]

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Design in Dialogue #84: Sarah Archer

– the Design in Dialogue Holiday edition! With Sarah Archer, Philadelphia-based design writer, and author of the book Midcentury Christmas. We took a seasonal trip back to the 1950 and 60s, and discussing the surprising connections between Christmas, modern industry, and postwar politics. Archer also discussed her other work as an independent critic and historian, […]

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Design in Dialogue #83: Henrik Vibskov

Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov has designed over 40 unconventional menswear and womenswear collections since founding his eponymous label 20 years ago. His visionary fashion shows, numerous conceptual installations, and impactful museum exhibitions have constantly surprised his diverse and growing fan-base. Radically experimenting with hybrid references in various fields including fashion, film, interiors, music, and […]

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Design in Dialogue #82: Rick Kaufman

Rick Kaufman, founder of Art et Industrie, joined us to share the story of this legendary gallery. Founded in 1977, Art et Industrie soon became the most important venue for avant garde design in the USA. The first gallery in this country to exhibit Studio Alchymia and Ron Arad, it ultimately found its lifeblood in […]

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