Collector Marty de Montereau’s collectors  at NoFound in Paris

Collector Marty de Montereau’s collectors at NoFound in Paris

The young, affordable, contemporary counterpart of the très arrivé Paris Photo is NoFound. It was held this year for the second time and was also at the festival in Arles this past summer. NoFound’s mission: ‘Contemporary art galleries are teeming with artists who work through the medium of photography: mixed media artists, sculptors, performance artists. Our aim is to shed light on the links between photography and contemporary art.’ One of the exhibitors in the enormous garage on the rue Turenne was the flamboyant collector Marty de Montereau. Read the article…

Building is a political act,  says Cameron Sinclair

Building is a political act, says Cameron Sinclair

It’s not architecture if it doesn’t get built. Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of the non-profit Architecture for Humanity, is a fierce believer in building for those in distress. I interviewed him in Amsterdam, where he spoke in the spring of 2012 at the conference What Design Can Do. It was published on the blog of the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design

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Items: Designers are saving the world

Items: Designers are saving the world

Conferences used to be about star designers showing pretty things. Now they’re about sharing social concerns. The second edition of the Amsterdam conference What Design Can Do was all about how the social role that design can play. The designer is now both a catalyst and a go-between: part problem-solver, part community organizer, part dreamer. I interviewed Hella Jongerius at the conference and for the magazine Items I wrote an essay which you can read here

Photos: The theme of ‘WDCD’ in 2013 will be ‘Collaboration’ | project by Febrik in the Lebanese refugee camp Burj el Barajneh | colored vases series 3 by Hella Jongerius | graphic design on the streets of Bogotá from the blog Popular de Lujo Read the article…

Interview with Renny Ramakers of Droog Design at Vitra

Interview with Renny Ramakers of Droog Design at Vitra

At a gathering in the Vitra Design Museum I interviewed founder Renny Ramakers of Droog Design for Premsela’s series Pioneers of Industrial Culture. Download the free iTunes podcast here. I also toured the Vitra campus – a true architects’ playground – and saw the exhibition Confrontations, for which five Dutch designers worked together with local Swiss designers (more on that in my next Observation). Read the article…