Interviews

"He had a volcanic imagination"
- Barnaba Fornasetti on Piero Fornasetti

"He had a volcanic imagination" - Barnaba Fornasetti on Piero Fornasetti

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Fornasetti founder Piero Fornasetti (above). With a new wallpaper collection for Cole & Son coming out this month, we met up with Piero's son, Barnaba Fornasetti (below), who told us the story behind the eccentric Italian design house that he now heads (+ interview + slideshow). More »

"I was horrified at the thought of a
soulless chain" - Aesop founder

"I was horrified at the thought of a soulless chain" - Aesop founder

Interview: recently Dezeen met up with Dennis Paphitis, founder of skincare brand Aesop. In this exclusive interview he explains why no two stores are of the same design, why he enjoys working with different architects around the world and how he believes "there's a direct correlation between interesting, captivating store spaces and customer traffic within a store" (+ slideshow). More »

"We wanted real drama in a flat landscape"
- Paul Baker on Gardens by the Bay

"We wanted real drama in a flat landscape" - Paul Baker on Gardens by the Bay

World Architecture Festival 2012: in our final movie from the World Architecture Festival we take another look at the World Building of the Year, Gardens by the Bay, as Wilkinson Eyre Architects' Paul Baker explains how the design team used vertical planting to create "some real drama in a very flat landscape." More »

"People in Vietnam want green buildings"
- Vo Trong Nghia on Binh Duong School

"People in Vietnam want green buildings" - Vo Trong Nghia on Binh Duong School

World Architecture Festival 2012: Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia won two awards at the World Architecture Festival last month and in this second interview he discusses how "green buildings" that use less energy are the future of architecture in Vietnam, like his naturally ventilated Binh Duong School that won the schools category. More »

"I hope that Singapore doesn't have a style"
- Kerry Hill on Martin No. 38

"I hope that Singapore doesn't have a style" - Kerry Hill on Martin No. 38

World Architecture Festival 2012: architect Kerry Hill won the award in the housing category at the World Architecture Festival with his design for an apartment building in Singapore and in this interview we filmed he discusses how he believes the nation is developing an "emerging approach to design" rather than an architectural style. More »

"An art college should be a blank canvas"
- Paul Williams on Central Saint Martins

"An art college should be a blank canvas" - Paul Williams on Central Saint Martins

World Architecture Festival 2012: architect Paul Williams of Stanton Williams tells Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs why his team designed the new campus for London art and design college Central Saint Martins as "a blank canvas" where different disciplines could "take form and ownership", in this movie we filmed at the World Architecture Festival last month. More »