Tag: Justin McGuirk

OMA's furniture collection for Knoll
"turns industry into a fetish"

OMA's furniture collection for Knoll "turns industry into a fetish"

Dezeen and MINI World Tour: in our fourth movie recorded at the MINI Paceman Garage in Milan, MINI head of design Anders Warming introduces the workshops that took place in the space and journalist Justin McGuirk explains why he sees OMA's Tools for Life collection as a nostalgic reaction to the decline of industry in the city. More »

Justin McGuirk, Urban-Think Tank and Iwan Baan
win best project at Venice Architecture Biennale

Urban-Think Tank and Justin McGuirk win best project at Venice Architecture Biennale

Dezeen Wire: architecture critic Justin McGuirk (pictured above, holding the award), photographer Iwan Bann and the Urban-Think Tank team of Venezuela (also pictured above) have won the Golden Lion for best project at the Venice Architecture Biennale for their Torre David/Gran Horizonte installation and cafe. More »

Strelka launch new
publishing house

Strelka launch new publishing house

Dezeen Wire: the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow has launched a publishing house called Strelka Press. Based in London and Moscow, it will offer printed books and e-books.

Strelka's publishing director Justin McGuirk talks about new platforms for long-form writing and the future of design criticism in the interview we filmed at Dezeen Studio (below). More »

Interview: Justin McGuirk
at Dezeen Studio

Interview: Justin McGuirk at Dezeen Studio

Milan 2012: in this interview filmed at Dezeen Studio, Guardian critic Justin McGuirk gives us his take on the future of design criticism, as fast reactions on platforms like Twitter and Facebook are balanced by long-form analysis in e-books and online journals.

He goes on to discuss how the fetishisation of traditional crafts by mass-producers is pushing design in a new direction and agrees with previous guest journalist Joseph Grima that the arrival of hacking culture and open-source production is the big story in Milan this year, describing it as the antithesis to the luxury design industry that the city normally centres around. More »

"From handicraft to digicraft: Milan's furniture fair
looks to the future" - Guardian


Dezeen Wire:
design critic Justin McGuirk writes about the focus on alternative means of production, open-source design and crowd-funding that permeated this year's Milan furniture fair in his column for the Guardian newspaper.

McGuirk talked to Dezeen about these issues when he popped into Dezeen Studio powered by Jambox at MOST last week - watch the interview in our daily show from Milan here.

We also spoke to editor-in-chief of Domus magazine Joseph Grima about The Future in the Making show he curated that's all about collaboration, open design, crowd-sourcing and hacking, and interviewed curator Beatrice Galilee at Hacked Lab where workshops, demonstrations and happenings took over the city's most famous department store all week.

See all our coverage from Milan here.

Justin McGuirk reflects on two
Colombian cities - The Guardian


Dezeen Wire:
 design critic Justin McGuirk examines the politically driven design and development that has taken place in Colombian capital Bogotá in recent years and reflects on the successes and failures when compared to the advancement of second city Medellín - The Guardian

Watch a movie about the Coliseos sports centre in Medellín here, which is one the buildings mentioned in the article.

Bacteria and pedal power could be the
future of kitchens – The Guardian


Dezeen Wire:
design critic Justin McGuirk says that a kitchen concept by Dutch electrical company Philips that uses decomposition to generate methane gas for cooking is an example of how we may "have to get more comfortable with bacteria and with putrefaction's role in our ecosystem" – The Guardian

McGuirk claims the Microbial kitchen concept's "steampunk" aesthetic offers "an alternative vision to the clinical kitchen," and also mentions the trend for low-tech kitchen appliances, such as designer Christoph Thetard's pedal-powered devices, which he says represent a reaction to the impending energy crisis.

Last year Dezeen published a report on Food and Design, including examples of low-tech gadgets for preserving and preparing ingredients and concepts for growing food in the kitchen.