On March 31st I went to see Rick Poynor in conversation with Wim Crouwel and his son Mels Crouwel at the Design Museum. It was first in a series to mark the retrospective of the iconic graphic designer and typographer; Wim Crouwel, a Graphic Odyssey.
Wim Crouwel (photograph by Luke Hayes)
Afterwards, I plucked up the courage to speak to the man himself to ask for a short interview – and he said yes! But more of that later; first the talk… Continue reading
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John Pawson Plain Space at the Design Museum opens with; “…I think a plain space near the eye gives it a kind of liberty it loves; and then the picture, whether you choose the grand or beautiful, should be held up at its proper distance. Variety is the principle ingredient in beauty; and simplicity is essential to grandeur.” William Shenstone, 1714 – 1763.
Site specific 1:1 installation, John Pawson for the Design Museum
I prefer Pawson’s far simpler explanation; “I’m from Yorkshire – plain speaking, plain space.” Continue reading
The Design Museum
are running a series of talks
at the moment – I went along to this one given by Fernando and Humberto Campana
with a Brazilian friend I met on the CSM Furniture Design course. She had intrigued me by describing their work as “representing everything that it means to be Brazilian.”
campana brothers book signing
The talk was a fascinating insight into Brazilian culture and the Campana brothers’ design process.
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