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frieze magazine

Issue 138

April 2011

The April issue of frieze asks, what can design accomplish right now? In a roundtable on the largely unresolved relationship between design and social responsibility, frieze‘s design editor Eugenia Bell talks to six designers and critics about the politics and pitfalls of designing with a sense of cultural, ecological or economic responsibility. 

Emily King traces the intertwined legacies of two legendary Milanese magazines, Domus and Abitare; and Nick Sowers outlines the challenge posed by the preservation of former battlefields and fortresses.

Plus, special artist projects from Barbara Bloom and Nick Relph.

Albert Pinkham Ryder The Race Track (Death on a Pale Horse) c.1896–1908. Oil on canvas, 71×90 cm

Q. What’s your favourite ritual? A. Morning cups of tea.

M.C. Escher Ascending and Descending 1960. Lithograph

M.C. Escher and the enduring influence of Roger Penrose

Raymond Roussel c.1932

Newly published translations of the work of two overlooked design prophets

‘Quali Cose Siamo’ (The Things We Are) Installation view Triennale Design Museum, Milan 2010

The histories of two legendary Milanese magazines, Domus and Abitare, are intertwined with the extraordinary generation of Italian designers who burst onto the scene 50 years ago

Measure 8 Days a Week 2009. Neon, 15x165cm

21-hour days, eight-day weeks; ‘aesthetics acts’ and Polaroids

Cléda’s Chairs 2010. Film still

Avant-gardism and Black Power; sexual injustice and radical Italian design

Surfaces for the mind to rest or to sink into 2009. Perspex tube, water, used oil, printers ink

Equilibrium and tension; nature and vegetables

Barbara Bloom Three chairs from The Reign of Narcissism 1989. Reproduction Louis xvi gilt wood fauteuil, custom-printed upholstery fabrics.

Since the 1970s Barbara Bloom has used photography, installation, film and books as a means of looking at issues of collecting, museology, design, taste and our investment in the objects with which

By Susan Tallman
Saul Steinberg Untitled 1944 (Originally published in Steinberg, All in Line, 1949)

For his final column for frieze, Robert Storr reflects on what it takes to be an art writer

What we talk about when we talk about design

The LifeStraw®, a portable water filter that removes bacteria and parasites responsible for causing common diarrhoeal diseases,  designed by Torben Vestergaard Frandsen, 2005

A roundtable discussion between six designers and critics, led by Eugenia Bell, debating the largely unresolved relationship between design and social responsibility – one that is constrained by po

By Simon Rees