Published on November 11th, 2015 | by Vincent Jobse

DAMn 53: from mentalKLINIK to Mali

Bamako Photo Festival 2015, Mali

Travel the world of design with DAMn Magazine. A world tour of design again, with a broad range of fine and surprising articles. This is ISSUE 53, in ten quotes and countries:

1. Turkey – “We never start with a message, but in the end each of our works somehow radiates significance.” From their base in Istanbul, Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir lure their audience into a multi-layered universe.

2. Portugal – Still under construction, planned to open in the summer of 2016, The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) is aiming to bring a new way of urban culture in Lisbon.

3. Germany – Rather than defining gardens, courtyards, and public squares as neutral places, Berlin-based landscape architecture office TOPOTEK 1 provides them with narrative qualities.

4. The Netherlands – Opulence, punk, biology, need, intimacy, refugees and value were just some of the multifarious flavours from Dutch Design Week this year.

5. Italy – Together with Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti of deepdesign, Smeg delved into the not- too-distant past and re-emerged with sinuous lines and warm colours, put together with the latest technology.

6. France – Last spring, Fornasetti presented an exhibition in the nave at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, with more than a thousand pieces, both historical and new creations for the table and for tea tasting.

7. Japan, UK, USA – Twenty five years after Tetsumi Kudo’s death at the age of 55, his legacy is spotlighted in an elaborate exhibition at Hauser & Wirth in London. The show has been organised in conjunction with Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York, which manages the Japanese artist’s estate (owned by his widow Hiroko Kudo), and private art dealer Olivier Renaud Clément.

10. China – China presented its newly-approved 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) and its targets for economic and social development. Creating a new ‘ecological civilisation’ will become a new priority, featuring a ‘new normal’: a slower but healthier economic growth.


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Vincent Jobse is a Dutch design addict, who fully enjoys the pleasures of the web, but who loves print on pure, old-fashioned paper.

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