‘By Design’, a talk series by Sir John Soane Museum in partnership with Luke Irwin in which leading designers discuss an object that has inspired them in some way, and through it discuss and dissect their own design practice.
Edmund de Waal x Will Gompertz
In this talk Edmund De Waal talk movingly about is his notions of beauty and belonging. Edmund de Waal is an artist and writer, best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels. His interventions and artworks have been made for diverse historic spaces and museums worldwide, including the V&A Museum London, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Kunsthistoriches Museum Vienna and currently at The Frick Museum New York.
Olga Polizzi x Will Gompertz
In this delightful fast paced anecdote filled discussion Olga Polizzi opens up about the meaning of good taste, being part of a family dynasty and her hatred of pillow menus! Olga Polizzi Director of Design at Rocco Forte Hotels and Deputy Chairman of the company. Her latest works for Rocco Forte Hotels include The Savoy Hotel in Florence, Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt, The Balmoral in Edinburgh and Brown’s Hotel in London.
Es Devlin x Alice Rawsthorn
Es Devlin shares the alchemy involved in creating national experiences and group memory. Es Devlin is an artist and designer known for her recent large scale collective poetry work in Trafalgar Square: PLEASE FEED THE LIONS, 2018. Her stage sculptures include collaborations with Beyonce, Kanye West, U2, The Weekend, Adele, The Royal Opera House, The National Theatre and the London and Rio Olympic Ceremonies.
Sir David Adjaye x Alice Rawsthorn
An intimate discussion about the power of spaces born of Adjaye’s own experience growing up. His brother who is a wheel chair user was regular unable to access buildings and this evolved to a personal crusade that national spaces should be for all. Sir David Adjaye OBE is an architect who's Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in fall of 2016, this opening was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognised as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine.
Martino Gamper x Alice Rawsthorn
Multi disciplinary designer Martino Gamper explains how being asked to leave high school allowed him to find his passion, and innate talent, as a maker and designer. Martino Gamper’s practice spans design and art venues. Gamper has presented his works and projects internationally, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, V&A Museum, London, MIMOCA, Marugame, Japan, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, Museo del Risorgimento, Torino, Italy, The Modern Institute and the London Design Festival commission.
Peter Saville x Will Gompertz
The man that shaped many a teenage year was almost never part of our cultural narrative as a series of chance meetings drove his career forward. Peter Saville as founder and art director of the legendary independent UK label Factory Records he designed a series of record sleeves for Joy Division and New Order between 1979 and 1993. His achievements were celebrated in The Peter Saville Show at the Design Museum in London in 2003. Hear this legendary graphic designer in his own words discuss the impact of pop art and advertising on his work.
Such inspiring topics of conversation which were perfect for my commute to work!