GamFratesi Milan 2016

Interview at Mindcraft Exhibition, Circle Filologico, Milan

This piece was published by AD China in July 2016. This is the English version. Stine and Enrico were charming to talk to. I found the  exhibition far more experiential than informative (not a bad thing) and  also hard to get my head round its name, “Mindcraft.” As I was writing it up, my spellcheck kept correcting it to minecraft, with which I am much more familiar.

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Future(s) by Design 未来场

This essay was written for the catalogue of the 2016 Shanghai Art Design Biennial. ISBN 978–7‑5322–9016‑1

I was asked to curate a 1000m² space within this giant space on the West Bund. It was an amazing experience. The essay describes some of the contents and thematic links between some of my favourite designs of recent years.

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Musica Ex Machina – Jukebox A Milano

April 2009

This post relates to an exhibition in which I took part at Triennale, Milan, April 2009. The theme was the jukebox, their enduring appeal and contemporary interpretations. I developed a digital jukebox concept that used customised beermat ‘tokens’ to activate the different tracks. Two working models were installed — one in the Triennale exhibition hall and a second that travelled around Milan in a bus. For the catalogue I wrote the following essay:

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2007 Milan Review

If you like my Clay chairs, you must be a Good Guy” Maarten Baas.

This was the first full scale review I did of the Milan Furniture Fair. I continued to write regular reviews for Chinese publications for around 10 years. It was always a rush to get to interviews during these years as I was also putting on exhibitions with my students, but all this adds to the excitement of the fair! The best bit was meeting designers whom I admired. It was great to get Maarten Baas on the front cover of the magazine (even using my amateur portrait!) as the covers of MW are typically reserved for Hollywood celebs.

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