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People often speak about their Block9experience in reverential tones, regularly dropping words like "utopia" and "mind-blowing". For the uninitiated, Block9 is a creative partnership and in-house, design-build studio headquartered in East London, founded just over a decade ago by design maestros Gideon Berger and Steve Gallagher. Block9 explores the space where art, music, theatre and...

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Disobedience was created for the 2018 London Design Biennale. Photo by Ed Reeves “Are you sure this is safe?” I ask as I clamber onto an elevated strip of metal, flanked by vertical rods lined up like pointy sentinels along either side. But before I receive an answer, the weight of my body causes the platform...

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Your lighting series, Either/Or, encourages an emotional interaction between individuals and their lighting source. What do you hope that users will take away from this interaction? I hope this light will inspire a sense of play, give people back the curiosity they had as children, the instinct to touch, to give everyday objects a new perspective....

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I GET MOTIVATED BY FURY AND FRUSTRATION. Kate Orff, the renowned landscape architect, urban ecologist, and winner of a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant, says from her award-winning landscape architecture firm, SCAPE. Lined with maps of wetlands and waterfronts, colorful overlay sketches, and a slew of eco-architectural publications, SCAPE specializes in designing monumental ecological landscapes that incorporate the...

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Shaakira Jassat is a South African-born designer who currently resides in the Netherlands. Her recent work, thirTea for ONE which she showed at Design Indaba provoked visitors by examining the water usage in producing 150 mL of tea.  The upside down teacup pyramid dramatically illustrates the amount of water we ‘spill’ in the production of one...

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RAZA’S WORK FALLS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN AND BEYOND TYPICAL CONCEPTIONS OF CURATION, PERFORMANCE, INSTALLATION, AND EXPERIMENT IN THE ART WORLD. "I CAN’T BE THE ONE TO TELL YOU WHY MY WORK IS INTERESTING." Asad Raza’s work is interesting. To begin with, he and his projects resist categorization; Raza’s work falls somewhere between and beyond typical conceptions of curation,...

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The walls of Debbie Millman’s home are almost entirely full of artwork that features text. Some are images with text in them. Some are texts as images. Some are text about images. In fact, almost everything in her house has text on it -- even her chandelier. Ask for water, and you might receive it in a...

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A seamless shirt for a child with autism who would often rip shirts apart, conductive socks that allow activist Christina Mallon, whose arms are paralyzed, to type with her feet, self-folding fabric for a client without fine motor skills- These are a few of the recent creations that have come out of Open Style Lab, a collaboration...

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Designer Marjan van Aubel describes her interest in solar energy as an obsession, “Every surface is potential.” She radiates excitement as she points out prospective solar collecting sites, imagining a house where not only the roof but also the paint and all the furniture generate enough energy to meet all of our household needs. This solar harvesting...