After years of relative indifference, our industrialised societies suddenly seem to be preoccupied with the risks of climate change. “Zero carbon” is a catalyst for initiatives, and it has brought about projects… Environmental awareness is reaching the decision makers and the citizen.
I find it very hard to write about Ximo Roca despite the fact that everybody knows him to be a splendid designer with many projects, awards and an unblemished and financially successful professional career under his belt.
Design careers, in all their specialities, are currently in vogue among young people; this is why design schools are seeing hundreds of students graduate each year. The people in charge of their training, teachers with long experience in the professional world of design, believe in a dynamic and multidisciplinary education that turns the classroom into an idea lab.
Being a designer in Spain in the early seventies required a nerve which only those capable of renouncing work stability or social recognition and willing to live in poverty had. Trying it out in Valencia was a bold move, one that only a few fools, among them Nacho Lavernia, were ready to make.
Corporate identity, Colegio de Diseñadores de Interior, Comunidad Valenciana, 2009.
“Calle Pellaires”, I instruct the taxi driver who picks me up at the airport.
“To Mariscal’s place?” he asks.
China is a hotbed of graphic design. As computers transform the country’s vast calligraphic tradition, each point of reference strengthens its identity. Hong Kong’s westernising bent, Beijing’s traditionalist nature and Macao’s hybrid character exist side by side with the emerging personalities of Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Patricia Urquiola (Oviedo, 1961), the most international of Spanish designers, lives and works out of Milan. She cites Magistretti, Munari and Castiglioni as her maestros. Of Castiglioni she recalls his most famous lesson: “the imperative of seeking out one’s own poetics, following neither rules nor guidelines”. Author of a prolific list of products and projects, and keeping true to wise teachings, she stays spontaneous and fresh by imbuing her works with her passion for handiwork.
Based on his participation in the seminar Less is Next held on World Food Day, Paolo Deganello uses the crisis as a starting point to reflect upon the kind of role architects and designers should play in organising a fairer professional practice, rooted in the defence of new, ethical values.