Power to the Imagination is the theme that runs through our first issue in 2020. I like to think that the new year will take us into a world of serendipitous, intriguing projects. Those selected herein stand out for their joyful irony.
We start with Marcel Wanders, who in his new creative factory in Amsterdam places hands dipped in paint on the pale body of Mickey Mouse, experimenting with his inventive technique known as One Minute Delft Blue (instant painting that reinterprets the Dutch tradition through contamination with the dripping method). Then we visit Atelier Pedra Líquida, which reinvents the spaces of a former print shop to create a boutique hotel in Porto, conserving its memory on ceilings transformed into site-specific text works. In Paris, Jean-Michel Wilmotte revitalizes a former rail depot as a big startup campus, completed by a cohousing project; while Miguel Ángel e Rafael Aragonés imagine a house-hub as a residence, studio and hotel for friends, in Mexico City. Another protagonist is Ricardo Salas Moreno, graphic designer and director of the Facultad de Diseño de la Universidad Anáhuac México, also in Mexico City, whose narrative visual work sets out to keep Mexican design culture alive and well.
In short, the spirit of Power to the Imagination permeates all the pages of this issue. Not just a mere return to decorativism, but the assertion of sweeping expressive freedom that develops the legacy of the avant-gardes of the 1980s (Memphis, first of all), while outlining a pop vision of design and architecture as they adapt to the increasingly important influence of the social networks (especially Instagram). Hence the tribal language of Camille Walala taken to an urban scale, or the psychedelic works of Adam Nathaniel Furman; along with the poetic fantasies of light of Ingo Maurer, and the lesson of Alessandro Mendini, reinterpreted in exhibitions on their careers, respectively at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich and the Groninger Museum in Holland.
We also present articles on wallcoverings, carpets, ceramics, laminates, stone materials, coatings, surfaces: to light up the home with color and fantasy!