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FROM ISSUE Nº 9 – THE rug

The Carpet and
the Territory

Both sacred ground and profane platform, the prayer rug suspends reality, transports worshippers symbolically elsewhere, and orders the confusion of life into a temporary perfection.

The Rug is Back

Overheard conversations, afternoons of topless football, and awkward poses in life-drawing class leave a schoolboy riddled with anxiety about the furry growth extending across his neck, shoulders, ...

FROM ISSUE Nº 8 – THE desk

Mining Above Ground

Ore Streams, a study of e-waste by Studio Formafantasma, includes a range of office furniture assembled from salvaged materials and components that expose the complex relationship between time, industrial production and the musealization of design.

Drawers

A last resort for things you don’t know where else to put, a half-­way house for bits and bobs destined for the dustbin, or a secure store for valuables: drawers are a window to the soul. Eight editors reveal what they have hidden away.

FROM ISSUE Nº 7 – THE Trousers

LANGUAGE ON LEGS

If you find yourself in the supermarket wearing pyjamas or out on the town in a tuxedo jacket styled with jeans, chances are you’re communicating a fashionable ideal that combines effort and the lack of it: ‘normcore’.

FROM ISSUE Nº 6 – THE Ball

DELIRIOUS ARCHITECTS AND GLOBES

Inspired by the form of the earth, one shape has haunted architecture and its scientists, humanists and even utopians more than any other since time immemorial: the globe.

FROM ISSUE Nº 5 – THE Cabinet

SOTTSASS AND
THE MAGIC OF MOBILI

Combining the violent colours of gas stations in America and the mysterious rituals of India, Ettore Sottsass created a cast of cabinet characters ready for the drama of life.

A LIFE IN CUBES

After a lifetime spent exploring the application of the cube in architecture, art and design, William Graatsma acknowledges that his devotion to this universal form borders on the comical.

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