Design Indaba 2019: Alice Rawsthorn on “Bad” Design

The critic encourages seeing offensive, ugly and impractical approaches as lessons

For 24 years, Design Indaba has remained one of the most exciting events to attend and learn about creativity. Three days of conferences, lectures, workshops and exhibitions introduce audiences to concepts, philosophies and innovations pertaining to design. This year, Alice Rawsthorn—journalist, design critic, and author of books Hello World and the recent Design as an Attitude—spoke at the event in Cape Town. She chose to …

Vale, Karl Lagerfeld

Our interview with the fashion icon still provides beautiful insight

A true icon of fashion, Karl Lagerfeld, has passed away at 85 years old. Wildly influential, German-born Lagerfeld began his career in the industry after winning a design competition in 1955—a victory that allowed him to become Pierre Balmain’s assistant. During the ’60s he worked with Fendi and Chloe, but it was as creative director of Chanel (from 1983 until his death) that he was best …

Industrial Waste as a Resource

More than recycling or upcycling, designers like Sophie Rowley, Mieke Meijer and Jorge Penadés use garbage, scraps and waste as a resource that can be molded into new materials. From Penadés’ reconstituted leather to wood made from newspaper (the work of Meijer, called NewspaperWood), brands like Hermès and Peugeot are tapping these materials for beautiful products. Read more about our material age—one of transition and reclamation—at T: The …