Monthly archives: November 2011

Philippe Starck: 'I'd rather save lives than
be a designer'- The Independent

Dezeen Wire: 
designer Philippe Starck says that not being able to save lives and tackle key global issues in his work leaves him feeling "impotent"- The Independent

The designer has created a new photobooth that meets his aims of designing democratic and affordable products. Starck claims they offer a solution for those who can't afford a camera, adding that photos help us to "exist." He also laments the modern propensity for vandalism that threatens the booths, saying: "Twenty years ago it was possible to design something pretty and people to respect it. Not now."

Alice Rawsthorn on Saul Bass: "The man who
made the title sequence into a film star"

Dezeen Wire:
in her latest article for The New York Times, design critic Alice Rawsthorn analyses the career of influential graphic designer and filmmaker Saul Bass.

Rawsthorn explains that the designer's bold style "reflected his fascination with constructivism, modernism and surrealism," adding that his work with some of the most important directors in history "transformed what were once cursory lists of the cast and crew into thrilling complements to the movies."

See more articles by Alice Rawsthorn here.

"Post-modernism comes of Age"
- Charles Jencks

Dezeen Wire:
 architectural theorist Charles Jencks has written a new article for Blueprint magazine about the resurgence of postmodern architecture over the past twenty years, during which time other commentators claim it has become defunct.

Jencks points to projects from the likes of Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron and Santiago Calatrava as demonstrative of the continuing influence of postmodern ideas, which he claims have led to "the explosive growth in iconic buildings and landmark sculptures."

The V&A is currently hosting an exhibition of postmodern architecture and design and you can see all of our stories on postmodernism here.