'By Design' talks in partnership with the Sir John Soane's Museum end of season


We would like to thank the wonderful speakers for this the first series of 'By Design' talks in partnership with the Sir John Soane's Museum.  And a very special thank you to BBC arts correspondent Will Gompertz and writer and critic Alice Rawsthorn for co-hosting the series which explored how design has impacted the lives of six internationally-renowned designers, framed around one item which has informed their careers.

Each speaker brought expertise from different backgrounds and disciplines.

Sir David Adjaye OBE who's Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in fall of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine.

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. 

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 and the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna.

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. 

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 founder and art director of the legendary independent UK label Factory Records he designed a series of record sleeves he created 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. 

If you missed any, or all , or simply want to revisit these talks we will be releasing the series in podcast format over the summer. 

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