Qu’est-ce que le design?

What is design?

A question as old as the word itself, arguably older. But one with an answer?

In an attempt to approach one the Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris asked Charles Eames, Verner Panton, Roger Tallon, Joe Colombo and Fritz Eichler, Qu’est-ce que le design?……

A view of Verner Panton's installation at Qu'est-ce que le design Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris 1969 (Photo © and courtesy Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris)

verner panton flowerpot lamp

On Wednesday February 29th the Hofmobiliendepot Vienna open their 2012 spring exhibition. We had hoped to make it to the

August 6th marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Italian architect, designer and Kartell co-founder Anna Castelli Ferrieri. 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 influence that our industrial society is exerting at a high technological level could lead to a global transformation of

In agreement with the predictions of futurologists, we see the house as an instrument of life that can satisfy a

The possibilities presented by the extraordinary development of audiovisual processes are enormous…… Distances will no longer have much importance; no

In local parlance Greene Street, NYC is known as “West smow”, on account of the prevalence of high-quality designer furniture

A cult figure among designers, relatively unknown amongst the general public Joe Colombo is without doubt one of the most

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