Tal como a anterior dedicada a Joaquim Machado de Castro, a nova exposição temporária do MNAA, “Arquitetura Imaginária”, é mais um exemplo de como um bom tema e um rico e bem mostrado conjunto de peças é prejudicado por um discurso pomposo, balofo e académico, sem qualquer preocupação interpretativa ou […]
Os primeiros 1000 exemplares da segunda edição do livro chegaram ao Estúdio Pedrita dia 11 de Setembro. Começámos de imediato a enviá-los para todos os nossos subscritores e, aos poucos, a entregá-los nas livrarias e lojas nossas parceiras. Em breve teremos mais notícias sobre lojas, lançamentos e uma exposição. — […]
From 16-21 July 2012 Lev Bratishenko, Becky Quintal and I will be coordinating a workshop dedicated to talking, writing, and publishing critically about architecture.
Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle premiered May 10th, 1958. Exactly 54 years later, I revisited its modern, over-designed world in my op-ed article for Domus (thanks Vera Sacchetti!). In 2007 I wrote a longer, more detailed essay – which included a section on the limited editions of Tati and Jacques Lagrange’s furniture props by Domeau […]
Ever since the time of Herodotus, the history of North Africa has also been the history of its imaginary. Beyond its geographical, religious or political borders, this region has been created and recreated in forms, images, words and sounds that are as different from one another as those of Ingres, […]
Dia 31 de Março vou estar em Coimbra para a primeira edição do Encontro Nacional de Estudantes de Design. A minha palestra vai ter lugar às 18h, e estes são os seus respectivos título e sinopse. Pôr o design no seu lugar Uma má crítica pode (pode mesmo?) fechar uma peça […]
A convite da Guimarães 2012 – Capital Europeia da Cultura e do projecto Use-it, estarei em Guimarães esta sexta, dia 23 de Março, para um dia cheio de apresentações dedicadas ao design e à cidade.
Durante a pesquisa sobre design brasileiro que comecei com a minha tese de mestrado conheci vários designers que, em todo o país, têm trabalhado em projectos de “design com comunidades”. Com equipas, filosofias, abordagens e taxas de sucesso muito diversas – de que já abordei em palestras e neste artigo […]
De que forma é que a prática, a cobertura jornalística, a curadoria e a crítica académica do design brasileiro estão a misturar origem com identidade, oportunidade social com oportunismo de design, ’gambiarra‘ com inovação frugal, realidade com estereótipo? É sobre isto que falarei dia 15 de Novembro de 2011 na […]
Já passava da 1 da manhã quando há quatro meses saltei da cama e enviei um email à Joana Amaral Cardoso. Entre outras coisas, escrevi: Queria propor-te uma secção para a Pública. Há uns dias pensei num formato de entrevista em que se falasse das coisas do nosso dia a […]
In the Summer of 2010 I stayed at all three Ace hotels on the West Coast of the USA – and even met Alex Calderwood, one of the founders, at a party in Los Angeles. A few months later, the Portuguese Vida & Viagens travel magazine published my 6-page feature […]
My review of the Graphic Design Worlds exhibition is up on the 2/2011 issue of items magazine. Op nederlands, natuurlijk. Thanks to Max Bruinsma for having commissioned me to write it; it was quite a challenge to write about graphic design after so long. I’ll soon have You can find […]
A edição de Novembro de 2010 marca o início da minha colaboração com a Casa Vogue Brasil. A minha ‘matéria’ sobre cinco jóias expostas na Bienal Brasileira de Design 2010 – Curitiba está disponível aqui.
Nos dias 4 e 5 de Novembro tive a honra de participar, na Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, no workshop de investigação Próximo Futuro dedicado à Felicidade. O primeiro dia foi dedicado a palestrantes e comentadores, oriundos de vários centros de investigação portugueses – eu e o economista e cientista social brasileiro […]
My review of the 2010 edition of the Brazilian Design Biennial, which took place in Curitiba early this Spring, is in the December 2010 icon magazine. It can also be read here.
This morning I visited the Art Deco, 1925 exhibition at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. This world-class, exquisite show would surely please Calouste Gulbenkian, the Armenian-born billionaire to which Portuguese science and culture (and myself, as a FCG/FLAD grant holder) owe so much. His famous motto, “only the best”, made the […]
My research project on Ivan Chermayeff’s posters for Pan Am has just had its fourth incarnation: after presenting my findings in an in-class presentation and on a poster (after the jump) for Steven Heller’s D-Crit course, I later pitched the story (on Heller’s and Alice Twemlow’s reccomendation) to John L. Walters, […]
Whether you missed breakfast, need a workout power boost or a mid-afternoon snack, there’s always a cereal bar to get you going. Despite their crunchy, hippie origins, cereal, granola or power bars are today a billion-dollar industry of highly sophisticated, designed foodstuffs. But what does this food group really look like?
Konstantin Grcic’s 360ºC chair for Magis is a product that defies classification. It’s a chair that doesn’t look like anything we have around us these days. It’s a bit like stool, but it has a sort of a small back. It looks hard, but it’s actually much softer to the […]
The printed version of Metropolis magazine has shrunk as of last September. The result of a publishing crisis-induced redesign (in corner-cutting times, every inch counts), the magazine’s new size did not resolve its two other most pressing ills: an unclear international ambition and an art direction that doesn’t seem to […]
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My favourite part of the Delta Airlines flying experience is seeing its inflight security video. Seriously. Inflight security videos (if you ever cared to watch) are the usually ignored safety demonstrations that were once played out by flight attendants. These instructions are now featured in rather forgettable segments with poor […]
I won’t make it to Weil-am-Rhein for the Fernando and Humberto Campana 20-year retrospective, but its rich catalogue is already on its way to Lisbon. Looking forward to reading the essays from curator Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, Maria Helena Estrada, Massimo Morozzi, and Adélia Borges. Dezeen has a pretty comprehensive coverage of […]
O Ricardo Hartmann mandou-me ontem a letra deste dueto entre a Rita Lee e o João Gilberto, para inspiração. Entretanto encontrei a música. Beleza. Valeu Ricardo! Quando Cabral descobriu no Brasil o caminho das índias Falou ao Pero Vaz para a caminha escrever para o rei “Que terra linda assim […]
When we met a few weeks ago, Susan Yelavich suggested I read Cornel West’s essay “The New Cultural Politics of Difference” (October, Vol. 53, Summer 1990, pp. 93-109), as part of the research for my Master Thesis on contemporary Brazilian product design. I found it truly inspiring, especially this paragraph: […]
Creativity, innovation, regions, clusters, mobility, funding, education, risk, opportunity, competitiveness, sustainability, networks, integration, culture, fertile grounds, Europe, America. This simultaneously-translated, multilingual bureaucratic litany, this Powerpoint-generated “tag cloud” of policy buzzwords shaped my two-day visit to Brussels last month. But I did manage to find creative, innovative life beyond the “eurospeak” […]
a few more images of one of my favourite school assignments ever after the jump.
I have to say there is something special about this place. Merry Christmas.
Countering the one-way street of mechanical and structural determinism, [Raymond Loewy] declared that ‘there is as much [to be gained] working backward from optical form to mechanics’; offering Betty Grable as an example, he observed that, although her ‘liver and kidneys are no doubt adorable’ I would rather have her […]
“There are times when we are perhaps visited by a mild nostalgia for the harmless and leisured times before the advent of advertising. yet if we considered how the world would look without advertising, we should certainly have to admit that it would lose much of its form and color. […]
I chose 12 Proprietary Eponyms out of all these suggestions that arrived from all over the world to my inbox: Kodak, Xerox, Bic, Aspirin, Q-Tip, Styrofoam, Windex, Ketchup, Post it, Nescafe, Nesquik, Spax, Google, Rolodex, Filofax, Tupperware, Walkman, Phillips Screw, Lego, Pampers, Black & Decker, Vespa, Fridge (Frigidaire), Keds, Band-Aids, Cellophane, BMX […]
Our visit to Philip Johnson’s Glass House was great, but it was a very cold Connecticut Fall day and I was seriously underdressed…
Last Wednesday I went up Park Avenue with Ada Louise Huxtable’s guide in hand. All this is pure Jacques Tati. You could think you are inside Playtime, the movie, if it weren’t for the Tibet and Falun Gong protesters, the police barricades, the absence of pedestrian crossing lights. When I […]
“There are moments when separation is advisable for even the most loving couples — when there is illness, or when the wife wants to sulk in silence or read a book in bed and the husband wants to listen to the radio or the phonograph or engage in conversation with […]
Last night I had my first hamburger on American soil: having arrived in New York exactly two weeks today, one may say it took me quite a while to eat one.
Celebrity sightings so far: Dylan McDermott at Pastis Tilda Swinton at the Met David Byrne at The Kitchen Patrick Wilson in the Subway (14th St station)
Esta foi tirada no dia do cocktail de recepção aos Graduate Students da SVA, num 12º andar em Chelsea, na 26th Street. A caminho vi este letreiro e lembrei-me da Rosa Pomar, uma “SVA alumni”.
Expresso — eat your heart out! O NYT deste domingo pesava uns bons 4kg, e incluía todas as previews para a próxima estação: da moda à arte, da arquitectura à música clássica, criando uma sensação de ansiedade de agenda: tanta coisa para ver, ouvir e ler, tão pouco tempo. Mas […]
Já cá estou.
On my recent 4-day visit to Copenhagen I was strolling down Strøget (the world’s longest pedestrian street) I came across this McDonald’s restaurant. Somehow the typography on the sign looked wrong, it was as if someone got a corrupt PDF file and made the sign in a system font instead […]
July 19th was a pretty special day. Our book launch went really well, were all in high spirits. After we packed up and said good-bye to Leila we managed to catch the last colours of the sun on Columbia Road, headed to a pub, later to pizza, and drank the last mojitos […]