The Week in Design

From #BaltimoreUprising citizen photography to drone graffiti and a fine art exhibit dedicated to food, everything that was good in design this week.

Don’t Play With Your Art

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen in Milan

Arts & Foods. Rituals since 1851, a costly exhibition currently at the Triennale in Milan and curated by Germano Celant, dives into the subject of food’s relation to art with pieces that range from Andy Warhol’s banana album cover for the Velvet Underground, to a section on cannibalistic rituals. Celant chose to begin the exhibit chronologically at 1851 because that was the first year of the world’s fair, the Art Newspaper reports.

Keep Hope Alive

Situated nicely on the main waterfront en route from Arsenale to Giardini is the Ukrainian national pavilion, which is currently housing group art show Hope! for the 56th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Hope! is meant to act as a testament to the current crisis in Ukraine, and a way for regional artists to voice their optimism for the future of their country. The show features some of the brightest names in local talent, including Yevgenia Belorusets, Nikita Kadan, and Open Group. Hope, which opened yesterday and will run through August 2, is organized by the PinchukArtCentre with the support of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.


KATSU, an NYC-based graffiti artist, has taken the dubious title as the first of his ilk to ever be accused of drone vandalism. As WIRED reports, he’s perfected the notion of using a drone as an extra helping hand since last year, and now has made a formal debut on an ad of Kendal Jenner which recently appeared in Soho.

Dr. Feel Good

ADWEEK recently weighed in on the history of Dr. Martens, specifically the eight-eyelet 1460 boots, from their origins a service worker staple before evolving into punk wear. So who was the first person responsible for bringing these sturdy boots into the mainstream? Sometime in the 1960s, Robert Klara writes, “[Pete] Townshend [of the Who] had just bought the pair at a local Army Navy store for £2. And why? Because he was pissed off. ‘I was sick of dressing up as a Christmas tree in flowing robes that got in the way of my guitar playing,’ Townshend told rock chronicler Martin Roach. ‘So I thought I'd move onto utility wear.’”

The Protagonist, A Beautiful Mansion

One of the crucial elements in dystopian Sci-Fi flick Ex Machina, other than robots and the tech apocalpyse, is the home of the main character: a huge contemporary mansion, nestled somewhere in the middle of mountain terrain. This mansion really does exist, and you can stay there too, albeit for a hefty amount. The Juvet Landscape Hotel resides in Valldal, Norway. The hotel, which features 28 rooms, was “built without the need for rock blasting or changing the terrain,” BuzzFeed reports. Ex Machina’s production designer Mark Digby tells Vanity Fair that they wanted to find a place that was very remote. “We wanted it to be among nature, we wanted it to be stunning, and we wanted it to be exclusive,” says Digby. Speaking about the modern furniture, and set designs, including a Jackson Pollock replica he says “We chose an eclectic range of mid-20th century designs I think that are classic and everlasting.”

Week In Design Link Round Up:

Italian photographer Marco Citron (above) captured the subtle beauty of Eastern Europe’s failed architecture. [Calvert Journal]

​Priya’s Shakti, a comic book and “social impact multimedia project”, spawned from India’s domestic violence issues, is now an interactive exhibition at NYC’s City Lore Gallery. The gallery has turned itself into a walk-in comic book where audiences can “unlock” special animation, videos, real-life stories via mobile visual discovery platform and an app. [City Lore]

A vending machine popped-up in Berlin that distributes, and schools consumers on, ethical clothing. [Prot.ein]

An amateur photographer captured some of the most compelling images of the #BaltimoreUprising, and made the cover of Time. [Hyperallergic]

3D open-sourced bird nests at Printed Nests were offered up as a possible answer to dwindling urban bird populations. [The Creators Project]

Ottawa Humane Society / Flickr

The Trump Administration won't be remembered for being kind to animals.

In 2018, it launched a new effort to reinstate cruel hunting practices in Alaska that had been outlawed under Obama. Hunters will be able to shoot hibernating bear cubs, murder wolf and coyote cubs while in their dens, and use dogs to hunt black bears.

Efforts to end animal cruelty by the USDA have been curtailed as well. In 2016, under the Obama Administration, the USDA issued 4,944 animal welfare citations, in two years the numbers dropped to just 1,716.

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via I love butter / Flickr

We often dismiss our dreams as nonsensical dispatches from the mind while we're deep asleep. But recent research proves that our dreams can definitely affect our waking lives.

People often dream about their significant others and studies show it actually affects how we behave towads them the next day.

"A lot of people don't pay attention to their dreams and are unaware of the impact they have on their state of mind," said Dylan Selterman, psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, says according to The Huffington Post. "Now we have evidence that there is this association."

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via Real Time with Bill Maher / YouTube and The Late Late Show with James Corden / YouTube

A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

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There is no shortage of proposals from the, um, what's the word for it… huge, group of Democratic presidential candidates this year. But one may stand out from the pack as being not just bold but also necessary; during a CNN town hall about climate change Andrew Yang proposed a "green amendment" to the constitution.

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Me Too Kit

The creator of the Me Too kit — an at home rape kit that has yet to hit the market — has come under fire as sexual assault advocates argue the kit is dangerous and misleading for women.

The kit is marketed as "the first ever at home kit for commercial use," according to the company's website. "Your experience. Your kit. Your story. Your life. Your choice. Every survivor has a story, every survivor has a voice." Customers will soon be able order one of the DIY kits in order to collect evidence "within the confines of the survivor's chosen place of safety" after an assault.

"With MeToo Kit, we are able to collect DNA samples and other tissues, which upon testing can provide the necessary time-sensitive evidence required in a court of law to identify a sexual predator's involvement with sexual assault," according to the website.

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