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With London’s Victoria & Albert Museum in lockdown, its director shares his favourite artefacts
The look of tool chests can tell us much about workers and workplaces. While their purpose is to organize, carry, and protect tools, this chest also suggests what a worker thinks of himself and how society measures the value of his work.
From the tight medieval alleys of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter to Eixample’s carefully planned, uniquely shaped octangular blocks (the cut-off corners transform every intersection into more open plazas), Barcelona bursts with history, spirit, and inspiration—it’s a city that renders even the most fervent minimalist design lovers speechless and transforms them into romantics, with a little help from Gaudí and friends. In between the voluptuous, biomorphic, elaborate, and ornate Catalan takes on Art Nouveau (aka Modernisme), below are recommendations for where to stop and take a breath. For additional Barcelona take a look at our Word of Mouth: Barcelona guide from earlier this year and our personal notes on visiting the city.
The latest Design Museum exhibition explores how humans could inhabit Mars, asking a series of psychological, philosophical and practical questions. How do we stay human on a place not designed for humans? How are we going to stay safe and sane on a 9 month journey to Mars? At what point do we become Martians?
Venice is a reality apart. Every time you arrive in the city you're catapulted into reflections on water and glass, too many tourists along small crowded streets, palazzos and alleys and gondolas. It's a place where senses are constantly stimulated. It's real, but somehow imaginary.