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The Longform Online Debate: Internet Week Europe

By Mike Exon

Last night’s Longform Online event for Internet Europe Week, pulled in some enquiring minds devoted to genre busting prose with a lot to say.

Longform is the new form; which is kind of strange, since the longer article has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. Strange but no surprise. Continue reading

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The Marc Newson lecture, V&A, London.

It clashed badly with Neville Brody’s D&AD lecture (sorry Adrian), but Marc Newson’s Q&A at the V&A raised some nice big teasers for the design world, many worthy of remembering.

Interviewed fluently if a little lightly by the great Chris Frayling, Newson displayed the mark of the international designer who has thrown of the shackles of his Australian birthplace to make the world his home Continue reading

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Gill, Epstein, Gaudier at the RA

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Wild Thing opens in the Sackler Galleries of the RA next week. First and foremost it’s a show about experimentation and sexual liberation represetnted in modern sculpture during the post-war period. But it’s also a revealing look into the lives and minds of three radicals who were much more than sculptors.

For design, the name of Gill conjures up type design, lettercutting, the Golden Cockerel Press, and the meta font Gills Sans. For those that have read their Fiona McCarthy, the scandal of Continue reading

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SHOWstudio installation casts models

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Nick Knight’s impreseive SHOWstudio exhibition at Somerset House deserves serious attention in the (non fashion) design world. Knight has been coolly working with and encouraging the wide world to get involved in his photogrpahy, filming and web projects for the best part of ten years, way before user generated content was even an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. According to the ShOWstudio site, over 400 casting entries have taken place using the installation at Somerset House, and the first lucky (male) models will soon be contacted for projects with Simon Foxton and Jason Evans.

There is a vast range of things to find on the SHOWstudio site, from Peter Saville’s Soft Furnishings to free pattern design downloads and photography. If you shoot yourself through the Liberty’s windows camera there’s cash for grabs too.

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Kapoor, the Design Story of LDF

Wallpaer Chair Arch by Martino Gamper for Ercol

Wallpaer Chair Arch by Martino Gamper for Ercol


The seventh London Design Festival fared mightily last week, hosting a string of impressive and engaging events around the capital which gave meaning and redefiniton to “Design’ as we know it. We weren’t daunted by the recession, either Continue reading

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Hayon at Play

London Design Festival 2009

London Design Festival 2009

Play is big right now. Big play is even bigger. Jaime Hayon’s  latest creation The Tournament in Trafalgar Square is a spectacle before it’s a game: a beautiful spectacle based on a beautiful game.  If you haven’t seen the man sized painted chess pieces, upraised in Trafalgar Square, the historiacal home of all battle,  they’re worth it.  com

Each game is played by two contenders over an hour. One sits up in the white chair, one in the black, at opposite ends of the giant board. Each game lasts one hour and is presided over by a compere. Each move is enacted on the great board battlefield by Hayon helpers, who move the huge pieces for the pleasure of the crowd.  The pieces themselves are ornate, intricate, bespoke, and just  recognisably chessmen. The contests are virtual, figurative, played more for the sheer hell of it than to win a game of chess like the grandmasters. And the audience watches something apart from the game, the moves and the chance of victory. They can’t really follow the match anyway to be honest. But this is not about victory. The tournament is for the giant thrill of the game.

Mike Exon

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