OFD update: Sweden Rising

Open for Design is motoring forward, and for this month’s theme of “material,” I’ve contributed a feature story – “Sweden Rising” – about Swedish design collaborative Front’s portfolio based on material that isn’t. Read it here. (above: Front’s Sketch Furniture)

Here’s a quick overview of my posts from the past few weeks…

April: Provocation

> Dot Dot Dot – Yayoi Kusama’s obsessions and terrifyingly gutsy moves (above: Kusama Yayoi, Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field, 1965)
> Fug This – Japanese socks and miscellaneous foot coverings. Fab or fug? (below: selection of footwear from a Harajuku sock shop)

May: Light

> Eyes Wide – James Turrell and Tadao Ando at Benesse Art Site Naoshima (above: Turrell’s Open Sky at the ChiChu Art Museum)
> Who’s Lovin’ It? – new McLighting at the local burger joint
> Sunshine on a Cloudy Day and Vice Versa – SAD, sun seekers and fleeters
> What a Little Moonlight Can Do – lunar inspiration (below: Verner Panton’s Moon Lamp, 1960)

June: Material

> Tokyo Fiber 07 / Senseware – art meets technology in the future of Japanese textiles (above: honeycomb mesh)
> It’s Not Wood – green bamboo and its alter-ego, “Black Diamond” (below: bamboo scaffolding in Hong Kong)

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