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Stories before design

Artem Dezhurko
September 6, Tuesday

Limited seating available, arrive early to ensure availability

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the 20th century has been the steady rise and prominence of design, which now permeates every aspect of society. But who are the men and women behind so prevalent within all aspects of life? Who is the individual behind the appearance of a chair or the image of a refrigerator? This series of lectures aims to seek out the unsung heroes of the design world and reveal the processes involved in creating iconic design classics. Throughout this series, journalist Artem Dezhurko will introduce the creative personalities working in furniture manufacturing and the automobile industry, giving the world of design a human face.

The first lecture will focus on the period that preceded the ‘birth of design’, placing special emphasis on the decorative and applied arts in Great Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It will introduce figures such as Owen Jones and Henry Cole, William Morris, Charles Voysey, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Hermann Muthesius as well as the German association Deutscher Werkbund.

Artem Dezhurko is a journalist for Interior+Design, ARX, DOMUS (Russian edition), and INTERNI (Russian edition); contributor to Classics Project, Made in Future and SPeeCH magazines, and the Great Russian Encyclopedia; consultant for Quality Label: Soviet Design Achievements, Etazhi, Saint Petersburg, 2011, and the curator of Soviet Apartment Morphology, Arch Moscow, 2011.

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