As regular readers will be well aware, here at smow blog HQ we’re very much of the opinion that fashion isn’t design. Never was. Never will be. Design, and without wanting to wade too deep into the definition quagmire, arose from applied craft/applied art, fashion is applied craft/applied art. And so while unquestionably a creative discipline, isn’t design. Neither is Graphic.

Design can however inspire and influence fashion, past decades recalling numerous occasions of fashion houses being motivated by designers’ works, a particularly apposite recent example being the news that Swiss fashion house Akris have based their Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the works of Alexander Girard, news which motivated us to retrieve a few classic items from the smow blog wardrobe……

Our pick of the new architecture and design exhibitions opening in January 2017, with showcases in Cologne, New York, Rotterdam, Atlanta and Helsinki.

5 New Design Exhibitions for January 2017

With ever more of our fellow train passengers displaying acute symptoms of over exposure to cheap Glühwein it can only

Postmodernism 1980-1995 Designmuseo Helsinki Jouko Jarvisalo

Nothing scares us quite like January. It wouldn’t be so bad if convention didn’t insist on the additive progression of

vitra george nelson ball clock

As many of you will be aware, for us no post about 20th century American design is complete with the

happy birthday isamu noguchi

Whereas the vast majority of successful and popular furniture designers have an architecture or handcraft background, there are naturally exceptions.

design for use usa slinky richard t james

“Wooden spoon for pickled vegetables by John F. Kennedy” ? ? ? John F. Kennedy. Green Mountain Woodcrafters, Vermont. And

Following our visits to the Bauhaus University Weimar, Fachhochschule Potsdam, Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee and  Universität der Künste Berlin the final stage

On account of the horrendous hotel prices demanded during design week the (smow)blog team camp in Milan. And that despite

On 03.11.1989 the Vitra Design Museum opened. On 09.11.1989 the Berlin Wall “fell”. Coincidence? Almost certainly. But while the Vitra

The (smow) blog has more than once suggested that designer furniture is more than just a comfortable place to sit