leek field in the netherlands lighted up in blue and red light as part of the luminous installation Grow by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde

“Grow” by Daan Roosegaarde: Rays of Hope in Dystopian Times

The latest light-installation by Dutch artist-designer Daan Roosegaarde turns a 20,000 square-meter leek field into a luminous dreamscape of red and blue light. It’s a tribute to the farmers cultivating the fields that feed the world while also inspiring us to imagine a more sustainable future.

PODCAST

La Metropolitana: Making a Difference with Design

In this episode, we share the story of Mexican design studio La Metropolitana, who established a pilot project, that tackles social issues resulting from internal migration.

Brent Leggs, director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

Brent Leggs on Preserving African American History

This episode, we set on an acoustic journey through African American culture and visit places like Nina Simone’s childhood home, the birthplace of hip hop in New York, and, among others, Villa Lewaro, the legacy of America’s first female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker.

Ethical Fashion: Akosua Afriyie-Kumi

Akosua Afriyie-Kumi on How to Build a Successful Ethical Fashion Brand

In our podcast premiere, fashion designer and entrepreneur Akosua Afriyie-Kumi shares what it takes to build an ethical fashion brand and how the racial inequalities she encountered in the fashion industry motivated her to take this step.

CHECKING IN

Artist Yuge Zhou 周雨歌 on People and Places, Commonality and Compassion, East and West

The Beijing-born, Chicago based artist Yuge Zhou creates video installations that examine the relationships between people and places in urban and natural environments. In our interview, Yuge shares how her experiences as an immigrant influenced her art.

Parisian Painter Natacha Paschal: Fashion, Fantasy, and Feminism

Natacha Paschal on lockdown-life in Paris, celebrating sisterhood, her love for children’s drawings, and parodying luxury fashion advertising.

Thukral & Tagra

Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra, Artists, New Delhi: “We’re facing a Humanitarian Crisis”

The multidisciplinary artist duo Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra from New Delhi share their concerns about a humanitarian crisis unfolding in India and shine a light on the situation of the most vulnerable.

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Fake Facades

KOSMOS Architects: Questioning Conventional Laws of Beauty

Artem Kitaev, co-founder of Russian studio KOSMOS Architects on keeping up with fast-paced architectural trends, and the potential of temporary architecture for more sustainable cities.

Yinka Ilori, Artist-Designer, London: “The Pandemic Is a Call to Action for the Design Industry”

A conversation with Yinka Ilori about the role of design in society, family values, and the special gift he inherited from his mother and grandmother.

Casa Gomis: How a Family Home Became a Refuge for Barcelona’s Avantgarde in the 1960s

Casa Gomis, designed by the Spanish architect Antonio Bonet, has become a testament to rationalist architecture in Spain, but it faces an uncertain future.

CULTURE CUE

Yayoi Kusama, Bill Traylor, Talk Art, and Carlota Guerrero

This edition of Culture Cue features a documentary about American artist Bill Traylor, a retrospective on Yayoi Kusama in Berlin, a guide on contemporary art, and a photo book of celebrated Spanish photographer Carlota Guerrero.

Culinary Backstreets, Rest of World, and A Private View with Kenny Schachter

This weekend’s recommendations include an online publication on technology, culture, and society from a global perspective, a food guide celebrating culinary traditions, and candid conversations on the art world with critic, writer, and curator Kenny Schachter.

Ahead of Me the South, Hester Diamond, and The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

This weekend’s tips include a documentary about fearless art collector Hester Diamond, a book on mental flexibility, humility, and curiosity, and the ancient art of melted sand.