Tag: Interviews

"Americans are not savvy when it comes to design brands" says Ahalife founder Shauna Mei

"Americans are not savvy when it comes to design brands" says Ahalife founder Shauna Mei

American consumers who learned about design through Ikea are starting to appreciate other brands and are "very ready and ripe" for online retailers like Ahalife, according to Shauna Mei, founder of the e-commerce site that has just hired former Net-A-Porter director Christopher Colfer to drive the brand's global expansion (+ exclusive interview). More »

High Rise is "not a criticism of post-war architecture" says director Ben Wheatley

High Rise is "not a criticism of post-war architecture" says director Ben Wheatley

The main character in High Rise, a new movie based on JG Ballard's dystopian novel, is a residential tower that "doesn't care about the people inside it" and is designed by an arrogant architect. Director Ben Wheatley spoke exclusively to Dezeen about the film and why it "isn't a takedown of the architects of the 50s and 60s" (+ interview). More »

"I called Isozaki and woke him up. I didn't know there was a 13-hour time difference"

"I called Isozaki and woke him up. I didn't know there was a 13-hour time difference"

One of the world's most influential hoteliers and developers, Ian Schrager redefined nightclubs, invented the boutique hotel and is now rethinking luxury apartments. Dezeen spoke to Schrager about his collaborations with architects and designers including Arata Isozaki, Philippe Starck and Herzog & de Meuron (+ interview + slideshow). More »

"You need to design office spaces for the next generation" says Haworth's head of research

"You need to design office spaces for the next generation" says Haworth's head of research

Haworth white papers: work is changing and workers are changing – so workplace design needs to change too to keep up. To kick off a series of articles in collaboration with Haworth, the office furniture giant's research head Michael O'Neill explains what the company is doing to help clients provide the ideal office (+ interview). More »