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DAMn° 61 – The Paradox Issue

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open-minded views on design, architecture and art

In making meaningful connections rather than dictating tastes, DAMN°’s approach to storytelling brings editorial content beyond hype or conventional academic debate. Unafraid to link the personal and the political, the economic and the emotional, the stylistic and the social, DAMN° is ultimately about discoveries that aim to provoke a reaction…whether it be a thought or a smile.

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DAMn° 61- The Paradox Issue; March/April 2017

DAMn° 61, the free-hearted March/April 2017 edition, cannot wait to share with you the marvels of Annelys de Vet, Le Corbusier, Dunne & Raby, Robert Stadler, Laure Prouvost, Pieter Vermeersch, Yinka Shonibare, Nuno Coelho, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Giacomo Piovan, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Torgny Holmgren, and Mikhael Subotzky, whose work it proudly features. You’ll also enjoy our Special section focusing on a highly topical subject: Water. And as always, we provide you with a select array of current design, art, architecture, and fashion expos and events, as well as a bouquet of inspiring products. Read more

Oh, and please let us know how you like our new appearance! After 40 editions and with spring in the air, we decided to launch a fresh layout that we hope appeals to you. This new look and feel offers more variety than the old DAMNº and shows makers along with their creations in articles based on interviews and studio visits, while articles based on research and book reviews have been treated in more of a newspaper style. Same goes for the Agenda. And as from now, the Special section in each issue is printed on glossy paper, with the newest products and trends displayed in the form of mood boards and collages. We’ve chosen the font called Suisse, which is indeed a Swiss typeface (= quality, no nonsense, and effectiveness). Thus, a mix of beauty and rationality awaits you. Enjoy!

On the cover of DAMNº 61: WYE, 2016 / A sketch by Mikhael Subotzky attempting to map the white male psyche by depicting the paradoxes of modernity as a pseudoscientific triangulated graph of past, present, and future.

Annelys de Vet calls the wonderful twilight zone between between design, mapping, activism, education, and politics hers. The Brussels-based Dutch designer is on a dedicated mission that runs against the tide, and she’s launching an unadulterated appeal for everyone to get involved. This is committed design – in your face, but in a gentle way.

The works of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (aka Le Corbusier), the Swiss-French pioneer of what is now termed modern architecture, have finally been given the recognition they truly deserve. Two erudite gents with a passion for Le Corbusier have just compiled a definitive book on all of his built works – DAMN° had a conversation with them.

“I’ve been asked many times how, as an artist, I am involved with society and how my work relates to the world”, says Belgian painter Pieter Vermeersch. This comes as no surprise, since it might well be that Vermeersch’s works instinctively attract people while also leaving them with a big question mark. We spoke with him on the occasion of his exhibition at Galerie Perrotin in Paris, a pivotal moment in Vermeersch’s career.

Zigzagging around and perverting the function of objects, Vienna-born, Paris-based designer Robert Stadler toys with preconceptions and obliterates hierarchies in a tongue-in-cheek way. DAMNº spoke with him on the occasion of his exhibition at Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau in Dresden.

AND MUCH MORE in DAMn° 61!

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