RAMS

Gary Hustwit's new film "Rams" featuring Sophie Lovell

Sophie Lovell is delighted and honoured to be featured in the new film “Rams” by the documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit (“Helvetica”, “Objectified”, “Urbanized”). The film premiered in October 2018 and will be available on general release in early 2019. “Rams includes in-depth conversations with Dieter, and dive deep into his philosophy, his process, and his inspirations….

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Sophie Lovell is delighted and honoured to be featured in the new film “Rams” by the documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit (“Helvetica”, “Objectified”, “Urbanized”). The film premiered in October 2018 and will be available on general release in early 2019.

Rams includes in-depth conversations with Dieter, and dive deep into his philosophy, his process, and his inspirations. But one of the most interesting parts of Dieter’s story is that he now looks back on his career with some regret. “If I had to do it over again, I would not want to be a designer,” he said. “There are too many unnecessary products in this world.” Dieter has long been an advocate for the ideas of environmental consciousness and long-lasting products. He’s dismayed by today’s unsustainable world of over-consumption, where ‘design’ has been reduced to a meaningless marketing buzzword.

“Rams is a design documentary, but it’s also a rumination on consumerism, materialism, and sustainability. Dieter’s philosophy is about more than just design, it’s about a way to live. It’s about getting rid of distractions and visual clutter, and just living with what you need.”

Rams, 2018, 74 minutes
Produced and Directed by Gary Hustwit
Original Music by Brian Eno

Featuring: Dieter Rams, Mark Adams, Fritz Frenkler, Naoto Fukasawa, Klaus Klemp, Ingeborg Kracht-Rams, Mateo Kries, Sophie Lovell, Dietrich Lubs

Executive Producer: Jessica Edwards
Director of Photography: Luke Geissbühler
Editor: Kayla Sklar
Additional Photography: Fred Burns, Gary Hustwit, Ben Wolf
Sound Recording: Mike Dielhenn, Luca Torrente
Titles and Motion Graphics: Trollbäck & Co.

What is an Editor?

A talk about the role of the editor in (architecture) publishing

Sophie Lovell and her colleague Fiona Shipwright from &beyond were invited by architect Jürgen Mayer H to give a talk at Soho House Berlin about the role of the editor and responsibility in (architecture) publishing: “You could say that editors are similar to urban planners. Someone needs to be looking at the bigger picture, to join up…

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Sophie Lovell and her colleague Fiona Shipwright from &beyond were invited by architect Jürgen Mayer H to give a talk at Soho House Berlin about the role of the editor and responsibility in (architecture) publishing: “You could say that editors are similar to urban planners. Someone needs to be looking at the bigger picture, to join up the dots, to make each package of information a communication. More importantly we need editors to help create pathways: routes in and through the information multiverse for both the reader and the subject matter.”

 

 

 

 

Arch+ 232: An Atlas of Commoning

English editor for exhibition and issue

For the excellent international touring exhibition and Arch+ magazine issue An Atlas of Commoning: Places of Collective Production, Sophie Lovell supported with the English editing. Facebook, Airbnb and other companies, whose business models are based on the commercialization of social relationships, have transformed words like “community,” “sharing” or “us” into empty concepts that no longer represent…

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For the excellent international touring exhibition and Arch+ magazine issue An Atlas of Commoning: Places of Collective Production, Sophie Lovell supported with the English editing.

Facebook, Airbnb and other companies, whose business models are based on the commercialization of social relationships, have transformed words like “community,” “sharing” or “us” into empty concepts that no longer represent solidarity or a progressive social agenda, but rather form the basis for an emerging platform capitalism. This economic development is accompanied by a global political shift fueled by traditional community notions of identity and affiliation, exclusion and discrimination.

Against this background, An Atlas of Commoning: Places of Collective Productionan exhibition and publication project by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) in collaboration with ARCH+—aims to recapture and redefine the open and emancipatory space of “us” as a concept. The project focuses on urban commons—here commons are to be understood as a set of practices dealing with the production and management of (material and immaterial) collective resources and spaces in general, rather than with the resources themselves, hence “commoning,” the verb, takes centre stage.

Commoning is a process of negotiating differences and conflicts between the individual, the community and society. It is a process that involves the spatial organization of the relationships between production and reproduction, ownership and access to resources. A process in which solidarity networks are created and individual and collective rights are redefined. This project questions prevailing social and political structures and searches for new forms of collective, yet pluralistic, governance.

An Atlas of Commoning unfolds a network of ideas for a concept of commoning that aims for solidarity and emancipation, one that doesn’t bring individuals into line within the community but turns the unique, the different, and the special into decisive qualities of togetherness.

CURATORIAL TEAM

Anh-Linh Ngo, Mirko Gatti, Christian Hiller, Max Kaldenhoff, Christine Rüb (ARCH+); Elke aus dem Moore (ifa / Akademie Schloss Solitude); Stefan Gruber (CMU)

Research partners: School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, and TU Berlin, Institut für Architektur, Fachgebiet Prof. Rainer Hehl

CONTRIBUTORS

Artworks: Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke; Brandlhuber+ Christopher Roth; Manuel Herz; Angelika Levi; Golan Levin (F.A.T. Lab) & Shawn Sims (Sy–Lab); Martha Rosler; Samson Young.

Essays: Tom Avermaete; Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner, Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou; Theo Deutinger; Stefan Gruber; Rainer Hehl; Sandi Hilal; Anupama Kundoo; Elena Markus; Maria Mora; PlanBude; Juliane Spitta; Stavros Stavrides; Niloufar Tajeri; Kim Trogal.

Interviews with: Massimo De Angelis; Mathias Heyden; Elizabeth Calderon Lüning and Marco Clausen.

Projects: ARGE ifau | Heide & von Beckerath; Assemble and Granby Workshop; Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée; BARarchitekten; Carpaneto Schoeningh Architekten; City in the Making; Common Ground e.V. and Nachbarschaftsakademie; DAAR Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency; Eureka; El Campo de la Cebada; FATkoehl; Go Hasegawa and Associates; Manuel Herz with National Union of Sahrawi Women and Iwan Baan; IBeB GbR; Kotti & Co; Clemens Krug Architekten and Bernhard Hummel Architekt; Kuehn Malvezzi;  Müller Sigrist Architects; NLÉ Architects; PlanBude Hamburg, Svenja Baumgardt, and Sylvi Kretzschmar; Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza; Schneider Studer Primas; Quest – Florian Köhl and Christian Burkhard; Tukano Maloca; Urban-Think Tank; ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles].

ARCH+ features: Working Men‘s Clubs by Harald Trapp, Robert Thum, and Brian Hoy with Immo Klink

Arch+ 231: The Property Issue

English editor for this issue

ARCH+ collaborated with Arno Brandlhuber and Olaf Grawert (station+, DARCH, ETH Zürich) to edit the volume “The Property Issue. Ground Control and the Commons.” The issue, which is the outcome of their research on property, aims to help change how we view urban land, and encourage land law reform to return land governance to the local…

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ARCH+ collaborated with Arno Brandlhuber and Olaf Grawert (station+, DARCH, ETH Zürich) to edit the volume “The Property Issue. Ground Control and the Commons.” The issue, which is the outcome of their research on property, aims to help change how we view urban land, and encourage land law reform to return land governance to the local level. Sophie Lovell was the English editor of the issue together with Fiona Shipwright.

&beyond

The next-level publishing collective

In April 2016 Sophie Lovell co-founded &beyond, an international collective of editors, writers and graphic designers specialising in print and digital publishing.

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Founded in 2016, &beyond is an international collective of editors, writers and graphic designers specialising in print and digital publishing. Comprising the editorial team that brought you uncube,the digital magazine for architecture and beyond, &beyond brings together experience and publishing expertise as well as a world-class, worldwide network of collaborators.
Equally adept working in print or online, with sound, moving images and stills, &beyond specialises in understanding and implementing next level publishing. Transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary, &beyond delivers consulting, concepting and production to the highest standards. No schnick-schnack.

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uncube magazine

Architecture and beyond

From September 2013 to April 2016 Sophie Lovell was Editor-in-Chief of uncube, an award-winning digital magazine about architecture and beyond.

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uncube, the digital magazine for architecture and beyond.

Between 2012-2016 uncube published 43 themed, monthly magazine issues in a format combining the virtues of print with the convenience of digital. In parallel, uncube ran a blog publishing stories from across the spectrum of architecture, design, art, urbanism and beyond.

uncube’s approach was like no other architecture magazine. The self-imposed editorial mandate: to address topics that went beyond the conventional context of architecture discourse with a critical eye and a clear independent voice. Issues covered subjects ranging from robotics, outer space, acoustics and bioarchitecture to new forms of communities and expo architecture via materials such as bricks, and monographs on the likes of Frei Otto, Zaha Hadid and Charles Correa.

Sophie Lovell’s interviewees during this time included: Zaha Hadid, Greg Lynn, Temple Grandin, Ricardo Scofidio, Eero Koivisto, Werner Sobek, Achim Menges, the architecture cartoonist Klaus and many others. Collaborators and contributors were legion and included Paola Antonelli, Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Charny, Bernard Tschumi, Aaron Betsky and more.

uncube’s digital framework took two years to develop and continued to evolve beyond launch. The design won numerous awards, including Lead Awards Digital Magazine of the Year (2013) and was runner up Webby Awards Web Magazine of the Year in 2014 (pipped to the post by Wired.com).

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uncube magazine

Architecture and beyond

In 2013 Sophie Lovell became Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning digital magazine uncube.

uncube is a digital magazine dedicated to “architecture and beyond” and brings a whole new online magazine typology to the media landscape.

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In September 2013 Sophie Lovell became Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning digital magazine uncube.

uncube is a digital magazine dedicated to “architecture and beyond” and brings a whole new alternative online magazine typology to the media landscape. The magazine’s self-imposed mandate is to address topics that go beyond the conventional context of architecture discourse with quality, integrity, clarity, a critical eye and a clear independent voice.

The uncube blog also delivered selected reports and positions on current discussion topics in the field of architecture – and beyond.

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form 249

In the late eighties digital media experts like the social scientist and author Howard Rheingold spoke of a future in which our realities would be virtual: full immersion escapism into alternate fictional worlds. But we are not submerging ourselves in the virtual, rather the virtual is leaving the device and entering our material world, in…

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In the late eighties digital media experts like the social scientist and author Howard Rheingold spoke of a future in which our realities would be virtual: full immersion escapism into alternate fictional worlds. But we are not submerging ourselves in the virtual, rather the virtual is leaving the device and entering our material world, in the form of GPS guides and sensory reinforcement and instant information access to everything from health monitors to apps that can recognise and name a tune, or keep us posted weather conditions, football scores and our social networks.

In design we are tending towards giving our products extended stories and users access and the ability to manipulate and customise individual products for themselves. Our world has become incredibly complex, yet we are adding to and augmenting that complexity. Why? Is it part of our insatiable thirst for pattern and order or, are we in the throes of handing over management of our environment to our machines? Issue 249 looks at how designers are adapting us to different kinds of user interfaces and coming up with new ways of interaction – reducing the barriers between the user and the device, helping us fit better, more symbiotically, with the technologies of our own making today.

Cover photo: Manuel Barth and Caroline Blanik; Focal theme images by Troika; Autonomous Cars by Jonathan Bell; All Our Virtual Futures by Harald Taglinger, images Stephan Botev; UN Studio / A Shared Future for Architecture by Sophie Lovell, images UN Studio; Discourse: The American Counterculture and the Politics of Design by Fred Turner.


form 248

Generation Grey

The “old” people of today are the hippies, the beatniks, the punks, the rockers, the mods and the ravers of yesterday. They were the first teenagers, the inventors of youth, the rebels without a cause and they are not about to take old age lying down either. Generation Grey are the old young, they are more…

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The “old” people of today are the hippies, the beatniks, the punks, the rockers, the mods and the ravers of yesterday. They were the first teenagers, the inventors of youth, the rebels without a cause and they are not about to take old age lying down either. Generation Grey are the old young, they are more active and more economically powerful than ever before. They have needs and they have demands and they have a voice. Design for Generation Grey is not about telephones with big buttons, it is about empowerment: How do we design for Generation Grey?

Discourse for this issue is the thought-provoking Thinking Design Beyond Singularity by Anne-Marie Willis

 

Cover illustration: Heimann und Schwantes; The Progressive Office by Sophie Lovell; Salone del Mobile 2013 / The Highs and Lows in Milan by Sophie Lovell; Carte Blanche poster by Gesa Hansen and M/M Paris; book review: William Myers’ Bio Design: Nature + Science + Creativity (Thames & Hudson)

form 247

Post Genre Fashion and Design

Since the beginning of modernism, fashion and product design have drifted off along two distinct evolutionary branches. In this issue of form we concentrate on their points of content and overlaps. Susanna Legrenzi looks at strategic Italian marriages between fashion and design houses, the fashion curator Mahret Kupka thinks the unthinkable and discusses a life…

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Since the beginning of modernism, fashion and product design have drifted off along two distinct evolutionary branches. In this issue of form we concentrate on their points of content and overlaps. Susanna Legrenzi looks at strategic Italian marriages between fashion and design houses, the fashion curator Mahret Kupka thinks the unthinkable and discusses a life after fashion, former Grafik editor Angharad Lewis talks to Gareth Hague from Alias about packaging luxury. Stefan Ott interviews Stefan Siegel on the rise and rise of his Not Just A Label fashion platform and Danish designer Mads Dinesen talks to Sophie Lovell about studying and starting out in fashion. We also feature an exclusive interview by Sophie Lovell with James Dyson talking about design, engineering, politics and responsibility and Peter Maxwell enters our debating chamber with his discourse on a New Economy of Form.

Cover: Gerhardt Kellermann and Ana Reivao, styling; Barbara Glasner, dress: Mads Dinesen; contents image: Bjorg Odyssey MMXIII collection, NJAL; The Storyteller by Sophie Lovell, photos: Mali Lazell; James Dyson Interview, Sophie Lovell; The Functional and the Functioning, Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo

form 246

Hospitality

The relationship between guest and host is sacrosanct. It is based on trust but it has its roots in power play. Issue 246 of form looks at the business of hospitality: From the giant, air-conditioned ‘data hotels’ hosting memory to the culture of grand hotels, Swiss convalescent care architecture and the rise of the ‘authentic’…

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The relationship between guest and host is sacrosanct. It is based on trust but it has its roots in power play. Issue 246 of form looks at the business of hospitality: From the giant, air-conditioned ‘data hotels’ hosting memory to the culture of grand hotels, Swiss convalescent care architecture and the rise of the ‘authentic’ travel experience from Design Hotels to Airbnb.

 

 

Cover photo: Noshe;  Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome: Frankfurt airport photo story by Noshe; carte blanche poster Apfel Zet and Arabeschi di Latte; Memory Motels by Sophie Lovell

form 245

From Me to We

We had the “Me” generation, is it time now for the sharers and carers? form 245 with a cover design by Cox & Grusenmeyer takes a critical look at sharewashing, open-source design, crowd strategies and do-it-yourself production. We also examine the flip-side of sharing and ask whether copying and stealing can still be considered crimes…

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We had the “Me” generation, is it time now for the sharers and carers? form 245 with a cover design by Cox & Grusenmeyer takes a critical look at sharewashing, open-source design, crowd strategies and do-it-yourself production. We also examine the flip-side of sharing and ask whether copying and stealing can still be considered crimes in today’s post-postmodern world.

 

 

Cover: Cox & Grusenmeyer; The First Istanbul Design Biennale: Sophie Lovell with photos by Ali Taptik, poster: Build and their Twitter network; BIO 23 Ljubljana Design Festival: Sophie Lovell

WerkStadt Vienna

Design Engaging the City

An exhibition showcasing curated collaborations between designers and manufacturers in Vienna.

Curated by Sophie Lovell

MAK Wien
12th Dec 2012 – 17th Mar 2013

Ventura Lambrate Milan
9th – 14th April 2013

NAI Rotterdam
22nd Jun – 15th Sept 2013

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An exhibition showcasing curated collaborations between designers and manufacturers in Vienna. Centuries of craft skills are mixed with new design thinking showing that design can be inspiring to everyone – producer and consumer alike. It is about the soft and hard values of design as a facilitator in bringing people together and enhancing the commercial and creative profile of a city at the same time.

Curated by Sophie Lovell

On behalf of: Vienna Design Week
Location: MAK Vienna

Exhibition Design: Studio Makkink & Bey

Graphic design: Hansje van Halem


form 244

Sustaining Tradition

Issue no. 244 entitled Erneuerbare Tradition: Secrets to a Long Life in Design is the second issue of form magazine to be produced under the editorial leadership of Stephan Ott (Editor-in-Chief) and Sophie Lovell (Executive Editor) The poster was specially designed by Swiss garphic designer Ludovic Balland in response to an 1889 lecture by William Morris….

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Issue no. 244 entitled Erneuerbare Tradition: Secrets to a Long Life in Design is the second issue of form magazine to be produced under the editorial leadership of Stephan Ott (Editor-in-Chief) and Sophie Lovell (Executive Editor) The poster was specially designed by Swiss garphic designer Ludovic Balland in response to an 1889 lecture by William Morris.
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Cover: Brautigam & Rotermund; poster Ludovic Balland & William Morris; Shelf Life interview: Sophie Lovell with Mark Adams at Vitsoe, images Christoph Sagel; Wetzlar Network: text and art direction: Sophie Lovell, photos Christoph Sagel, production assistance: Sebastian Schumacher

WerkStadt Vienna

Design Engaging the City

The exhibition “WerkStadt Vienna: Design Engaging the City” curated by Sophie Lovell had its first showing in Helsinki 6-16th September 2012 as part of the WDC Helsinki and Helsinki Design Week in the Kattilahalli, Suvilahti. Produced by Vienna Design Week in collaboration with MAK Vienna, exhibition design by Rianna Makkink and Michou-Nanon de Bruijin, Studio Makkink & Bey.
Next stop: MAK Vienna 12th December 2012 – 17th March 2013

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form 243

Sophie Lovell is new Executive Editor of form

The German design magazine form, first published in 1957, has a new owner and a new editorial team. No. 243 is the first issue to be produced under the editorial leadership of Stephan Ott (Editor-in-Chief) and Sophie Lovell (Executive Editor). The bilingual German/English magazine is based in Frankfurt and Berlin. www.form.de   Cover illustration: Katrin…

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The German design magazine form, first published in 1957, has a new owner and a new editorial team. No. 243 is the first issue to be produced under the editorial leadership of Stephan Ott (Editor-in-Chief) and Sophie Lovell (Executive Editor).
The bilingual German/English magazine is based in Frankfurt and Berlin.
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Cover illustration: Katrin Schacke, poster: Heimann und Schwantes with June 14 Sam Chermayeff

Endless issue #1

The Trip Family Traveling

Endless magazine is a new kind of travel magazine from Christiane Bördner, the maker of “I Love You” magazine, and her photographer husband and partner Marcus Gaab. For issue #1 Sophie Lovell compiled the design and art section entitled “Endless Inspiration”.

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Endless Inspiration…

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way”

William Blake

There is a small window of time, when you first arrive at a new place, during which you exist in a heady state of heightened perception. Your focus on the new environment is tightly sharpened and nothing escapes your notice as you absorb and catalogue the wealth of detail in a new reality where your own everyday is replaced by another: Strangely cut date palms filled with gangs of scolding green parakeets, for example, or backs of buildings encrusted with a coral landscape of air conditioners. Stones laid in novel patterns on a pathway or alien fire hydrants by the kerb, exotic smells that you cannot yet place, the typography of shop and street signs, the curve of a door handle, the colour of the litter bins, the shape of a light switch or the pattern on a passing headscarf: everything fascinates, everything is new and the world seems reborn.

The magic of travel is all about taking off the blindfold of habit and routine and opening yourself and your own perception to the incredible beauty to be found in what is most likely someone else’s mundane, everyday reality, then allowing that acquired perception to help you see your own old and familiar in a new light. The magic of works of great art or design, be they most humble or highly sophisticated, is not really much different – all new experience can offer a key to the doors of perception. If your eyes and senses are open beauty is everywhere and inspiration endless…

WerkStadt Vienna

Design Engaging the City

A touring exhibition curated by Sophie Lovell will premiere at the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 in September 2012 and move on to the MAK Vienna in December 2012

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The exhibition Werkstadt Vienna: Design Engaging the City is about the rediscovery and revitalisation of local urban production workshops. In 2006 Neigungsgruppe Design (Tulga Beyerle, Thomas Geisler, Lilli Hollein) began a programme of pairing young, upcoming designers with traditional producers in the city of Vienna called Passionswege. The aim was to generate new dialogues between design and local manufacture, between the city and its makers and between material and technological expertise and experimental design attitudes. The Passionswege went on to become the foundation of the Vienna Design Week.

Amazing and inspiring projects arose from collaborations between designers such as Tomás Alonso (E), Mark Braun (D), Marco Dessi­ (I), Philippe Malouin (CAN), Max Lamb (GB), mischer-traxler (A), Adrien Rovero (CH) and Maxim Velcovsky (CZ) with traditional firms such as J.&L. Lobmeyr, the Viennese porcelain manufacturer Augarten and the Wiener Silber Manufactur. The results of the collaborations were then displayed in the shops and showrooms of the respective producers around the city and many pieces were to be taken into production or marked the beginning of enduring collaborations between designers and makers.

The initiators have now invited the curator Sophie Lovell and designers Studio Makkink&Bey to explore the results of this collaborative experiment in a touring exhibition, and share the richness, variety and sustainability of such an experimental approach with other cities. The first two stops on the tour will be: the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 in September 2012 and the MAK Vienna in December 2012.

Wallpaper* Germany Survey 2011

Going Deutsch - How Germany became a design superpower: an 84-page supplement

Every now and then Wallpaper* magazine produces a Germany Special Survey, a magazine within the magazine dedicated to Deutschland. This year it was conceived and edited by Sophie Lovell

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“Everyone has their own stereotypes about Germany: the wealthy European industrial giant; the old fashioned state with dirndls, Oktoberfests, black forests, autobahns, and sausages; the country populated by a hard working Volk with a strange sense of humour that just happen to make rather nice cars and be not too bad at football.

German industry is legendary, but for all its apparent sensible stability it is an industry that is full of variety and driven by change. The automotive moguls devote around one third of their corporate spending annually to research and development – and coming up with ideas that make hybrid look old hat. At the other end of the scale, tiny, mobile start-ups, like the Berlin graphic design companies we surveyed, are changing the shape of the creative industry. Centuries-old firms such as those in the porcelain industry are commissioning new works from conceptual artists and fashion designers, and bespoke furniture manufacturers are tiptoeing along the bleeding edge of the avant-garde.

So with this special supplement we would like to show you the Germany that is risk-taking, adventurous, quirky and forward-thinking. Of course the tradition is still there, along with the quality and precision that we have come to depend upon, but with their future strategies the new generation is using these standards as a springboard for great leaps into the unknown.”

Freak Show catalogue

Strategies for (Dis)Engagement in Design

“Our survival depends upon diversification through mutation. We need conceptual thinkers, lateral thinkers, revolutionaries, explorers, inventors, anarchists, activists, cross-disciplinarians and non-linear agenda-benders”

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A limited edition catalogue edited by Sophie Lovell to go with her exhibition of the same name. With works by: Auger-Loizeau, Pieke Bergmans, Dunne & Raby, El Ultimo Grito, Marti­ Guixé, Stuart Haygarth, Kueng Caputo, Mathieu Lehanneur, Studio Makkink & Bey and Jerszy Seymour.

“Right now design is on a critical path involving a radical shift in the understanding of its role in the development and expression of our society.

As humanity expands to fill all available space; as we invade, occupy and infiltrate every nook and cranny of the natural world and beyond; as technosphere merges with biosphere, the role of the designer is pushed into an increasingly pivotal position. Our environment is not self-sustaining, every detail needs to be designed – constantly. The designer, like the rest of us, is part of an enormously complex system that we ourselves have created. The designer is necessarily immersed in the social, intellectual, technological and political context of our constructed world. Thus the responsibility of designers is one of engagement since they are key agents in the process of its creation and maintenance.

But the system is flawed. It does not function properly: It is unbalanced, wasteful and unfit for survival. To engage within the system is to perpetuate the system. We need thinkers and designers to explore strategies that can generate change and to do that they need to disengage with the system. We need diversification through mutation. We need conceptual thinkers, lateral thinkers, revolutionaries, explorers, inventors, anarchists, activists, cross-disciplinarians and non-linear agenda-benders.

Who will give us what we want? Who will be the map-makers in our complex garden of forking paths? Who will make it possible for us to have and have not? Who will question our right to consume? Who will sweeten the pill and who are the ones that will feed us bitter medicine?

In order to think outside of the box you need to distance yourself from it. Traditionally those who disengage in this way are outsiders ‘freaks’ and traditionally they are suppressed or rejected since they tend to threaten the status quo. But now the status quo is threatening us and we are learning to value and to celebrate “difference”.

Freak Show: Strategies for (Dis)engagement in Design is an exhibition of objects by designers that think differently. In the realm of industrial design, a range of strategies is emerging from designers who have begun to challenge the system. They are the ‘freaks’ who are showing us that design is no longer what we thought it was. They are turning accepted norms on their heads and confronting our preconceptions about design. Their work is about rising to the responsibility of engagement through disengagement and as a result they are giving us an insight into what the world could be like if we can find the courage to accept change.”