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The hugely popular graphic design exhibition is being extended until January 3, 2010, at the Berardo Collection Museum. It is unquestionably one of the foremost graphic design shows in Portugal in recent years and a must-see for design aficionados and neophytes alike!

See Quick, Quick, Slow through the eyes of a reputed theorist and join the upcoming EXPERT GUIDED TOUR, on Saturday, December 5, 11 am. Led by José Bártolo, a lecturer at Arts and Design school ESAD Matosinhos and the Faculty of Architecture of Oporto University, independent curator and published author, this tour will afford an in-depth, personal look at the exhibition’s contents and curatorial discourse.

Bookings and info




Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this visually enticing, alternative history of graphic design of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Abstract films, Dadaist book covers, propaganda posters, Futurist magazines, screensavers, music videoclips and much, much more.

Daily at Museu Colecção Berardo until 29 November ‘09.
If you are looking for a more indepth look, sign on to our guided tours.
Visiting with kids? Check out the Family workshops on weekends!

More info on Quick, Quick, Slow



Finally, the long awaited Treehouse Hotel in Jardim da Estrela opened its doors to the public on 25 October.


This experimental architecture and design project questions the universal processes of creating cities and architecture vis a vis universal values of human life, making its visitors reflect on urban evolution. In tree houses we find memories, new thoughts and, through our imagination, we place ourselves as observers, outside the world we live in. That is the only way we can be critical and arrive at new levels of discovery and other platforms of understanding.







Go see it - and stay a night if you dare… Visit the Blog for Bookings.


Following the “Gosta de ti” national campaign, where people were encouraged to hand over old and used items in exchange for a can of Coca Cola Light for the purpose of “rejuvenated design products” by established Portuguese designers, a workshop was held on 22 October at the Lounging Space for first year design students.

The Workshop was organised by EXD and coordinated by designers, Hugo Tornelo, Susana Antonio and Pedro Sottomayor. Based on the “Gosta de ti” exhibition at the Lounging Space, 35 students from product design, fashion design, interior design and communication design were invited to work on recycling a range of objects from clothing items to bags and boxes. Items were selected from the impressive “Gosta de ti” country wide collection.




The first part of the workshop was a briefing session of the Coca Cola Light brand and the second part involved the development of the proposals. The importance of design and recycling resonated throughout the workshop session. Notable points for young designers.




Le Coq Tuguese is an exhibition of creative work that aims to promote emergent Portuguese talent and established professionals, establishing a communication platform for the exchange of information and learning experiences. Nutkase, Napron.Love and Caffeine believe in Portuguese art and design. They believe in themselves. With this event, they want to stimulate, acknowledge and support young Portuguese design practitioners.



Nutkase, Napron.Love & Caffeine

Mercado da Ribeira, Av. 24 de Julho, Top Floor

Opening: 30 October, 8pm

Exhibition on until 1 November

Friday: 7pm - 1am, Saturday: 3pm - 1am





Miguel Rios Design at Galeria Filomena Soares on Rua da Manutençao, nø 80 (Xabregas)


The Opening on 29 October starts at 9:30pm

The Exhibition runs until 7 November - Tuesday to Saturday 10am -  8pm


On until 8 November (In)Visible Time at the IPA - Rua da Boavista, 67 - Armazem 3


By Anywhere Door and co-produced by the IPA, this exhibition gathers different Japanese contemporary architecture projects and intends to show the whole process, from the first sketch to the end result. It seeks to demonstrate how an exhibition about architecture can also reflect upon other intrinsically connected themes. (In)Visible Time shows different generations of Japanese architects with different ways of thinking, solving problems and materialising their concepts and ideas. An array of projects that aims at describing forms and ways of experiencing different realities, shining a light on a distant culture.

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The Parallel Event by Pedro Campos Costa + Nuno Louro is on until 31 October at Espaço Avenida, Rua Rosa Araujo - Lisbon.


Duas Linhas (two lines) shows the different ways we inhabit the territory, its imbalances, mythical images, fantasies and desires. We want to make a sensorial portrait of the path, covering 715 kilometers from north to south, in both directions. We show these differences from the perspective of those travelling through the territory, accumulating sensations, images, smells and colours. A route of senses, a journal of architects looking for the territory’s time. This project intends to have a new critical approach to territory planning, through the creation of a document where these impressions will be recorded.



The long awaited Quick Quick Slow publication is now on sale for €25 - find a copy at -

1 - The Exhibition Venue - Berardo Museum in Belem
2 - EXD’09 Exhibition venues
3 - The EXD’09 Lounging Space




Offering an alternative history of graphic design in the 20th and 21st century, the publication is structured around the chronology and theme of the exhibition, with texts by the curator Emily King. It is illustrated with iconic images of Western visual culture, from FT Marinetti and Portugal Futurista magazine, to works that marked the last decades, such as Peter Saville, Paul Elliman, Edward Fella and Irma Boom.

Quick, Quick, Slow is a bespoke publication designed by Frith Kerr (Studio Frith) having created a new font for it, inspired by the graphic representation of movement and the passage of time.




Impress friends at dinner parties with your expert knowledge on design and creativity.

Don’t wander around the fabulous four exhibitions on your own… Get a guide. And tour the exhibition. Smarter!

Guide Group Tour of the Pace of Design Exhibition

Guide Group Tour of the Pace of Design Exhibition


• Bespoke itineraries and guided tours of the exhibitions by experts for adult audiences
• Visits and hands-on activities for youngsters and students
• Creative workshops on weekends for families
• Workshops and special tours for high school and university students
• Themed group discussions

For information on guided tours and bespoke itineraries, please contact EXD:
Tel. +351 915 080 587



EXD’09 invites you to party at the Lounging Space this Saturday night, 24 October from 10pm.

This week DJ Migues Sa will be hitting the decks… so dress up, rock up and shake it.


A great deal going on at the Lounging Space on Saturday and Sunday.

SCREENINGS of the EXD Open Talks & Conferences

Saturday - 17 October ‘09

5pm: Open Talks (EXD09) - PAOLA ANTONELLI

6pm: Conference (EXD’08 Amsterdam) - RENNY RAMMAKERS

7pm: Conference (EXD’09) - IDEO

Sunday - 18 October ‘09

5pm: Open Talks (EXD’08 Amsterdam) - FARID TABARKI

6pm: Conference (EXD’05) - PHILIPPE STARCK

7pm: Conference (EXD’09) - KONSTANTIN GRCIC


Don’t be lost wandering the EXD’09 Exhibitions on your own… Book a professional Guide.

Until 8 November, the Guided Tours to EXD’09 Exhibitions offer Biennale visitors a chance to engage in the content in a meaningful and insightful way. Those people interested in design - across the design spectrum should not miss the opportunity to be “shown around”.

Ideal for locals and tourists - groups and individuals.

Exhibition publications also available at the Exhibition venues.


Action for Age at the Lounging Space

Action for Age at the Lounging Space


SUNDAY - 18 October 2009 - 3-5pm

Lounging Space

The Challenge:

to Design new user-centered, meaningful services or solutions that improve the quality of life of the elderly.

Following an extensive, across the board reflection, Action for Age culminated in a pilot project implemented in Lisbon’s Graça borough, on September 2009. In light of this background of study and development, the current debate gives the public at large the opportunity to acquaint itself with the experiences and views that afford an in-depth look at the issues and concerns that surround the aging population. The session will begin with a general introduction followed by the brief presentation of the proposals by the Portuguese students. An informal discussion will take place next, addressing the scope and potential of service design in devising strategies and responses for the needs and expectations of senior citizens.

Ana Fatia, Ana Relvão, Anjoom Satar, Gonçalo Gomes, João Santos, Ricardo Roque (participating Portuguese students)
Ana Coimbra (psychologist)
Emília de Noronha (Head of the University for the Elderly)
Emília Milhano (Head of the Lisbon Social Security Nursing Home)
Maria Machado (researcher in the field of physical activity for the elderly)
Marta Leitão (Activities coordinator, Domus Vida project)
Rita Filipe (Portuguese coordinator, Action for Age)
Susana António (designer)

In addition to the debate, the Portuguese proposals for the Special Project are also featured in the exhibition Action for Age, at the Lounging Space until 8 November.



The winners of the International Competition for Ideas for a New Cycling Bridge in Lisbon were announced last night at the Lounging Space.

1st Prize - Telmo Cruz + Maximina Almeida (PT)

2nd Prize - Moxon Architects Limited (GB)

3rd Prize - Impromptu Arquitectos + Selahattin Tuysuz Architecture (PT)

Honourable Mention Studio Kawamuka Ganjavian (SP)

Honourable Mention Atelier do Cardoso (SP)

Special Mention Tiago Barros (PT)

The Competition drew an impressive 62 submissions from 14 countries including Portugal, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Belgium, the United States, Tunisia, China, Spain, Jordan, Israel and Bangladesh.

Telmo Cruz + Maximina Almeida from Portugal will receive a cash prize of €10,000 and as well as the possibility to realise their project for the city of Lisbon with the Galp Energy Foundation.


This weekend is dedicated to Architecture and EXD’09 has an amazing programme planned for all architects, engineers and interested folks.

LECTURE by UK based Architect Amanda Levete (ex-Future Systems) and Specialist Engineer António Adão da Fonseca


VENUE: TEATRO CAMÕES (entrance is free and subject to room capacity)

TIME: 17:00 - 19:00


The Multipurpose Room of the Lounging Space will include a special programme of screenings of Lisbon and Amsterdam Conferences of past editions, dedicated to architecture.

3 October

13:00 Massimiliano Fuksas (EXD’05)

14:00 Eduardo Souto Moura (EXD’05)

15:00 Julien de Smedt (EXD’09)

4 October

17:00 OMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture (EXD’08 Amsterdam)

18:00 Alvaro Siza Vieira (EXD’08 Amsterdam)

19:00 Alejandro Aravena (EXD’09)


The winners and shortlist of the International Competition for Ideas for a new Cycling Bridge in Lisbon will be announced and exhibited on Sunday, 4 October

VENUE: Lounging Space - Palacio Braamcamp

TIME: 22:00

for details CLICK HERE


The jam-packed schedule for October kicks off with Creative Day at the Lounging Space (1 October), where creative agents in the areas of architecture, sound design, light design, advertising, music, film and multimedia will present, perform, show-off.

EXD Creative Days will happen every Thursday thereafter (with the last one on 5 November 09)


The film series commences this week at Cinemateca (complete schedule available on the Cinemateca website)

2 OCTOBER - 21:30

Casting a Glance, James Benning, 2007, 80mins

Spiral Jetty, Robert Smithson, 1970, 32mins

Brittanica, John Latham, 1971, 6mins





Open Talks Day 1 with Filipe Homem Fonseca, Talk Host, Nuno Artur Silva and Pedro Gadanho


Lisbon Conference Venue - Teatro Camoes

Lisbon Conferences 1: Alejandro Aravena

Lisbon Conferences 1: Alejandro Aravena

Lisbon Conferences with Julien de Smedt

Lisbon Conferences with Julien de Smedt

Launch of the Jardim de Santos Special Project

Launch of the Jardim de Santos Special Project

Lounging Space Opening Party

Lounging Space Opening Party

Lounging Space party

Lounging Space party





Ikea Exhibition in the Lounging Space: Challenging Elitist Design - 6 collections through time 1995-2009


Yummy treats at the Ikea Exhibition Opening at the Lounging Space



Cultura Intensiva Parallel Event - top Floor of Lounging Space


Day 2 of Open Talks at Mercado Santa Clara with Nathan Reddy, Nkhensani Nkosi, Ravi Naidoo and Gaby de Abreu



Lisbon Conference - Emily King and Emily Campbell interview Peter Saville


Capacity audience at Day 2 of Lisbon Conference



Opening of Quick Quick Slow exhibition at the Museu Colecçao Berardo on 10 September


Quick Quick Slow exhibition curated by Emily King


EXD'09 Party hosted by the famous Lisbon nightclub LUX


LUX Party - Dirty Sound System and Pilooski played until the wee hours of Friday morning


Open Talks 3 with Host Paola Antonelli and guests Kevin Slavin, Oron Catts and Neri Oxman


Open Talks 3 Agent Provocateurs Luca Ballarini and Robert Stadler seated with EXD Director Guta Moura Guedes


Ideo boffs, Dario Buzzini and Leif Huff presenting at the Lisbon Conference Day 3


Michael Young regaling audiences at Lisbon Conference Day 3


EXD Director, Guta Moura Guedes with guests Stefano Casciani and Maria Cristina Didero


Timeless Exhibition opening at the Museu do Oriente


Open Talks venue, Mercado Santa Clara on Saturday - the day of Feira de Ladra



Alice Rawsthorn Open Talk with guests Joseph Grima, Ben Fry and Lindy Roy


Lisbon Conference - the final day saw Konstantin Grcic presenting about time and design production


Action for Age conference with Guta Moura Guedes (EXD), Emily Campbell (RSA) and Isabel Mota (Fundaçao Calouse Gulbenkian)


Action for Age Conference


Participants of the Special Project - Efeito D at the opening on Saturday, 12 September


Efeito D - Portuguese and International work on display at Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian


Dinner at Convent do Carmo


Special dinner hosted by the Mayor of Lisbon especially for EXD'09 guests


Opening of Lapse in Time Exhibition at Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes



JU87-G STUKA by Katharina Wahl and KANTIG by Katrin Sonnleitner, at the Lapse in Time exhibition


THE FLOATING LIGHT PROJECT by Eric Klarenbeek in collaboration with Escola Superior de Danca (Lapse in Time)

Exhibition visitors engaged with the OPEN SOURCE AMATEUR DIAGRAM by Jerszy Seymour at the Lapse in Time exhibition opening

Exhibition visitors engaged with the OPEN SOURCE AMATEUR DIAGRAM by Jerszy Seymour at the Lapse in Time exhibition opening


Opening of Pace of Design Exhibition at Antigo Picadeiro do Colegio dos Nobres - Museus da Politecnica


EXD'09 Opening Week Party


EXD'09 Team


EXD’09 presents Time Sequences -

18 & 19, 25 & 27 September at Museu Electricidade at 22:00

Idea and Text by Nuno Artur Silva

with Images and real-time drawing by Antonio Jorge Gonçalves

Music and Soundtrack - Armando Teixeira

Performances by Marco de Almeida, Sandra Celas and Rui Morrison


Visitors to EXD’09 are free to lounge at Palacio Braancamp, Patio do Tijolo, 25 for the duration of the Biennale.

Get information, tour the city on a Galp Energia bicycle, peruse the Parallel Events, buy a book, eat, drink and be merry!

See the Lounging Space programme for further information.

Images courtesy of Zahira Asmal.

















Opening Week has just concluded… visitors and veterans bore tired faces but were full of smiles and creative energy.  It isn’t all over yet. Exhibitions and Parallel Events are still on until November. Visit the EXD’09 website for the full Biennale programme.

Images courtesy of Zahira Asmal.

Liliana Albertazzi from Intramuros with Day 1 Conference speaker Alejandro Aravena at Palacio da Mitra

Liliana Albertazzi from Intramuros with Day 1 Conference speaker Alejandro Aravena at Palacio da Mitra

First day of the Lisbon Conferences at Teatro Camoes

First day of the Lisbon Conferences at Teatro Camoes

Alejandro Aravena presenting at the Lisbon Conference

Alejandro Aravena presenting at the Lisbon Conference

Paola Antonelli with TV3 Catalunya

Paola Antonelli interviewed by TV3 Catalunya

Tour of the Portuguese Pavilion organised by Ordem dos Arquitectos

Tour of the Portuguese Pavilion organised by Ordem dos Arquitectos


Ikea Exhibition at the Lounging Space - Challenging elitest design: 6 Collections through time 1995 - 2009

Ikea Exhibition at the Lounging Space - Challenging elitest design: 6 Collections through time 1995 - 2009

World 2.0 Open Talk with the South African contingent - Ravi Naidoo, Nathan Reddy, Gaby de Abreu and Nkhensani Nkosi

World 2.0 Open Talk with the South African contingent - Ravi Naidoo, Nathan Reddy, Gaby de Abreu and Nkhensani Nkosi

Press Chat with Peter Saville

Press Chat with Peter Saville at the Lounging Space

Curator, Emily King at the Press Preview of Quick Quick Slow

Curator, Emily King at the Press Preview of Quick Quick Slow at the CCB

A very well attended Press Preview of Quick Quick Slow. Obrigada CCB

A very well attended Press Preview of Quick Quick Slow. Obrigada CCB

Nathan Reddy and Aditya Dev Sood at the Lux Party

Nathan Reddy and Aditya Dev Sood at the Lux Party

World 2.0 partying at Lux on Thursday night

World 2.0 partying at Lux on Thursday night

EXD'09 guests navigating through the Biennale

EXD'09 guests navigating through the Biennale

Lux Party

Lux Party

Timeless India at the exhibition Opening

Timeless India at the exhibition Opening

Timeless South Africa - Spaza chair

Timeless South Africa - Spaza chair

Timeless India

Timeless India


Timeless India

Timeless India

Euronews filming Susana Soares at the Press Preview of the Lapse in Time exhibition

Euronews filming Susana Soares at the Press Preview of the Lapse in Time exhibition

Susana Soares preparing her project "Am I attractive?" for the Lapse in Time exhibition

Susana Soares preparing her project "Am I attractive?" for the Lapse in Time exhibition

Bellissimo's experimental Parallel Event - Cromotime

Bellissimo's experimental Parallel Event - Cromotime

Bellissimo's Luca Ballarini with Lisbon Conference speaker Michael Horsham of Tomato at Cromotime

Bellissimo's Luca Ballarini with Lisbon Conference speaker Michael Horsham of Tomato at Cromotime



Pace of Design exhibition participants Haldane Martin (left) and Aditya Dev Sood at lunch at Palacio da Mitra

Pace of Design exhibition participants Haldane Martin (left) and Aditya Dev Sood at lunch at Palacio da Mitra

Open Talk host, Alice Rawsthorn with Euronews

Open Talk host, Alice Rawsthorn interviewed by Euronews

Konstantin Grcic presenting at Lisbon Conference Day 4

Konstantin Grcic presenting at Lisbon Conference Day 4

Opening of Special Project Efeito D

Opening of Special Project Efeito D

Designer products at Efeito D at the Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian

Designer products at Efeito D at the Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian

Convento do Carmo - the spectacular venue for the EXD'09 dinner with the Mayor of Lisbon

Convento do Carmo - the spectacular venue for the EXD'09 dinner with the Mayor of Lisbon

Guests from India and Australia at the EXD'09 dinner

Guests from India and Australia at the EXD'09 dinner

Open Talk 5 with Delfim Sardo, Max Bruinsma (Items), Anniina Koivu (Abitare) and Walter Bettens (Damn Magazine)

Open Talk 5 with Delfim Sardo, Max Bruinsma (Items), Anniina Koivu (Abitare) and Walter Bettens (Damn Magazine)

Ed Annink with Hans Maier-Aichen at the last Open Talk at Mercado Santa Clara

Ed Annink with Hans Maier-Aichen at the last Open Talk at Mercado Santa Clara

Luanda: Anatomy of Speed debate with Guta Moura Guedes, Fernando Alvim and Jose Octavio Serra van Dunem at the Lounging Space

Luanda: Anatomy of Speed debate with Guta Moura Guedes, Fernando Alvim and Jose Octavio Serra van Dunem at the Lounging Space

Super Pecha Kucha at Museu Electricidade

Super Pecha Kucha at Museu Electricidade

Maxim Velcovsky at Pecha Kucha on Sunday night

Maxim Velcovsky at Pecha Kucha on Sunday night


Lisbon Conferences sold out for Opening Week.

Saturday - the last day of the conference features Konstantin Grcic and Giulio Cappellini

Starting at 3pm at Teatro Camoes.


A biennial’s theme tends to be sufficiently vague to accommodate some latitude of interpretation. It’s not supposed to be taken too seriously, just an opening line to move the conversation along. This year’s theme – “It’s About Time” – puts forward time as a subject, meaning perhaps the relationship between design and time-based media, or maybe suggesting a reflection about history. However, the expression also suggests an undertone of impatience, of haste, of an achievement that has come too late.




EXD’09 BIENNALE starts today with an Opening Week schedule to exhaust endurance runners… be a part of the talks, presentations, debates, films, interviews, projections, exhibitions, openings, launches and many many parties.


These fun creative sessions will close the Opening Week at 7:30pm. SUPER PECHA KUCHA NIGHT LISBON features a stalwart cast of rock star designers so join the EXD’09 team at Museu da Electricidade on Sunday.



  1. Aditya Dev Sood
  2. Clemens Weisshaar
  3. Nacho Carbonell
  4. Eric Klarenbeek
  5. Studio Glithero
  6. Susana Soares
  7. David Reinfurt


  1. James Auger & Jimmy Loizeau
  2. Eva Engelbert
  3. Maxim Velcovsky
  4. Jerszy Seymour
  5. Jason Miller
  6. Jurgen Bey
  7. Ian Anderson



Lisbon Conference sales have reached the half way mark.  Be quick and book your seat to see ALEJANDRO, JULIEN, PETER, MICHAEL HORSHAM, MICHAEL YOUNG, DARIO, LEIF, KONSTANTIN AND GIULIO.

€7 each day or €20 for a 4-day pass.


Lisbon’s super club - LUX Fragil is the venue for the EXD’09 Party on Thursday night - 1o September. The line up is sure to get your booty on the dance floor.















For the 5th edition there will be 60 Parallel Events - over the Biennale programme. Taking place all over Lisbon, creative projects are taking over the city. Everyone’s joined in - from well established designers to up and coming first timers.



While the team is busy installing the Quick Quick Slow exhibition - we thought an introduction to the exhibition venue may be of interest to EXD’09 visitors - especially those from out of town.


One of the most highly regarded private contemporary art collections in Europe today, the Berardo Collection Museum is named after its founder, Portuguese businessman Joe Berardo. The Museum opened in 2006 and displays selections of its 862 works of art, in a rotation between the several themes that compose the collection. It occupies the exhibition centre of Centro Cultural de Belém.

Located in a symbolic area of the city, Centro Cultural de Belém was designed by the Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti in collaboration with the Portuguese architect Manuel Salgado and was built to house the Portuguese presidency of the European Union in 1992. Open to the public since 1993, the CCB is now a vast cultural centre with a seasonal programme of performing arts’ shows, lectures and educational activities. It features several facilities and is located in an architecture compound doted with gardens, lakes and immense public areas.


Simultaneous translations of the Conferences and Open Talks are available for all the PT locals.


Visitors to the Lounging Space in Palacio Braankamp will find their favourite magazines available on sale at the A+A Livraria Bookstore. Oh -  the Editors will be there too - find them at the bar enjoying a drink on the terrace overlooking lovely Lisboa.










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d(x)i is for FREE

designboom publications - seoul design essence, crystal vision, premio vico magistretti, a door to paradise


EXD has arranged to have trained tour guides available to visitors to all the Biennale exhibitions.

Here’s whats on offer -

• Visits and hands-on activities for youngsters
• Creative workshops on weekends for families
• Workshops and special tours for high school and university students
• Themed group discussions
• Bespoke itineraries and guided tours of the exhibitions by experts for adult audiences



T. +351 915 080 587
Guided tours and play-visits: 2€ p/person, all age groups
Creative workshops: 3€ to 10€ p/person


Meet the participants.




Meet the team.







Maki and Kajsa from Åbäke working at the Museum Oriente for the UK participation of the Timeless exhibition. Photographs courtesy of Production Manager, Pedro Sadio.




VENUE info:

Under the judicial protection of Fundação Oriente, the Museu do Oriente opened to the public in 2008, their mission being to bear witness to the Portuguese presence in Asia during five centuries, as well as other Asian cultures. The museum features two permanent exhibitions and several temporary exhibitions, performing arts’ shows, workshops, conferences and guided tours. The Museum is located in the Pedro Álvares Cabral building, a port construction from the beginning of the 40’s, used for the storage of salted cod fish. The rehabilitation project was undertaken by the architects João Luís Carrilho da Graça and Rui Francisco, which tried to cross the architectonical identity of the building and its new use. The museological project was designed by Carrilho da Graça and Nuno Gusmão (P-06 atelier). The building has a main body and two lower wings. The construction stands out due to the almost lack of windows owed to its initial function as a warehouse for perishable goods. The North façade, enriched with bas-relief executed by the sculptor Barata Feyo, contributes to make the Museu do Oriente one of the most representative buildings in Alcantara.


With only a week to go.. things are hotting up here at the EXD HQ as well as the venues of all EXD Exhibitions. In the Build Up Series - you will see the progression of each Exhibition. Here is Lapse in Time. Photographs courtesy of Production Manager - Celia Costa.





VENUE info:
The Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes (SNBA) was founded in 1901 with the goal of promoting the development of the arts and of national artists. Designed from scratch for the SNBA, the centenary headquarters’ building is a privileged space for artistic venues, one of the main guidelines of the SNBA’s mission. In 1965 the SNBA established the first Design course in Portugal. At the headquarters, alongside the teaching of artistic subjects, the Sociedade has also held several activities: exhibitions, lectures, conferences and the educational encouragement through art. It integrates a specialised library for researchers and students, which comprises a catalogue archive dated from the end of the 19th century and includes editions of the SNBA. These cover varied genres such as watercolor, photography (the first exhibitions in Portugal were organised by SNBA), as well as caricature and humoristic drawing.


With 2 weeks to go.. preparations are well under way for EXD’09/Lisboa. Maki Suzuki and Kajsa Stahl from Åbäke Studio are back in Lisbon making their mark for the UK participation in the Timeless exhibition.

























EXD’09 from EXD on Vimeo.


Bike Share EXD'09 Tour

Bike Share EXD'09 Tour

EXD welcomes all Biennale visitors to make use of the bicycles provided at the Lounging Space FOR FREE!

One and two seater bicycles will be made available on a daily basis for the duration of EXD’09/Lisboa. Rather handy considering the extensive programme this year.

The Lounging Space is superbly located in the city centre. It has its own programme of events, a bookstore, a bar and a terrace with splendid city views.

Open for the duration of the Biennale -

Sun to Thurs 11:00 - 00:00

Fri & Sat 11:00 - 02:00

Palacio Braancamp

Patio do Tijolo, 25 1250 - 301 Lisboa


The biennale is fast approaching and the EXD’09 team was hard at work over the weekend.



EXD’09 Conference speaker, Peter Saville, is on the shortlist for the Prince Philip Designers Prize. Saville has inspired generations of creatives since the heyday of Factory Records in the late 1970s and 1980s and, more recently, helped reshape the image of his hometown Manchester as a happening place. But industry honours have largely eluded him.

A major retrospective at London’s Design Museum made sure Saville’s work will inspire future generations.

See Design Week for full article.


EXD’09 welcomes Nkensani Nkosi, the creative director of Fashion label Stoned Cherrie to the 10 September Open Talk. She will join Nathan Reddy, the most awarded graphic designer in South Africa and Gaby de Abreu, the designer of the 2010 FIFA Worldcup logo.


Nkhensani boasts a multitude of awards, the most notable being the Top Success Story of the Year: Top Women in Business and Government in 2005 and Young Business Quarterly: Young Business Achiever of the Year in 2003. In 2005, she was lauded as one of six high impact entrepreneurs by the US mentorship programme Endeavor.


EXD’09 exhibition - Quick Quick Slow will feature the Peter Bil’ak’s DanceWriter - which was initially released as a utility on his website Typotheque, a combined foundry and design studio. The programme allows you to type as fast as you like, while the dancer, a member of the Netherlands Dance Theater, makes letters in his/her own time.

Here are some images from the new shoot -










Video shoot ‘Dance Writer’ for an installation at Experimenta 2009, Lisbon. Dance: Valentina Scaglia, Video: Taco Zwaanswijk, Programming: Bart van der Ploeg & Edwin de Kooning (Resolume), Choreography Lukas Timulak, Concept & Photo: Peter Bilak

Original Dancewriter is here:


Maki Suzuki and Kajsa Stahl of Abäke Studio - part of UK’s Timeless participation crew popped over to Lisbon recently. They scoured the city looking at maps, plants, Lisbons views, visiting markets,  the Architects Association, GEO (Gabinete de Estudos Olisiponenses, picture insert), the City Museum, Bairro Alto and Model makers (picture insert).


Åbäke will create a graphic representation of the UK’s contribution to Timeless in the Museu do Oriente. The intention is to reveal and show the different processes through which each designer has developed contextual work in Lisbon. The installation is somewhere between a map, a time line and a notice board and will use locally sourced elements such as information, document, objects, material, working and thinking forces and resources. Whenever possible, the material will be borrowed and given back to the owner or other local institutions.
Some background info -
Åbäke is a collective of four graphic designers. Patrick Lacey is from the UK, Kajsa Stahl from Sweden, Benjamin Reichen and Maki Suzuki from France who have been working together since 2000.Their physical work includes posters, CD and record designs, furniture, and installations in art galleries and public spaces. Much of their work concentrates on the social aspect of design and the strength that collaboration can bring to a project. Events often involve (in no particular order) film, dancing, eating and cooking and teaching. They are also singers, painters, photographers, members of bands, furniture designers, curators, fashion designers, DJs and teachers.


In the run up to EXD’09 expect to see posts of places of interest in Lisbon… especially for biennale visitors.. oh for locals too, just in case you’ve forgotten how fabulous the city is.

The Lisboetas enjoy good food - slowly - accompanied by fine wine and sparkling company. So it is only fitting that the LISBON series kicks off with the mention of restaurants that the team rates highly.

We welcome your comments -
Fusion restaurant, Bica do Sapato on Avenida Infante Dom Henrique (+351 218810320). Try the clams downstairs or the sushi upstairs. Oh! and don’t forget to order a Morangoska at the bar while you wait for your table.

Bica do Sapato

Bica do Sapato

Pap’ Açorda (+351213464811) this delightful little chandelier clad restaurant on Rua da Atalaia is good for pricey traditional Portuguese food - don’t leave without a splat of the chocolate mousse.



Must Have Mousse

Must Have Mousse

Or for something a little more relaxed try Santo Antonio de Alfama (+351218881328) - a quaint treat in the heart of Alfama. Dine tapa style with Aubergine, Garlic prawns, Gorgonzola mushrooms… Don’t mind the laundry!


Santo Antonio de Alfama


View from Lounging Space Terrace

View from Lounging Space Terrace

The EXD team are hard at work preparing the Lounging Space - which will be accessible to all visitors for the duration of the biennale 9 September - 8 November.

This hotspot is located in the heart of the city and will feature an information desk, a bar, lounge area, sponsors’ hall and press centre.

It has its own calendar of events - here are some highlights -

10 Sept, 6 - 7pm - State of the Arts (debate on the Exhibition Lapse in Time)

13 Sept, 3 - 4pm - Luanda: Anatomy of Speed

13 Sept, 4 - 5pm - Luanda: Emergent Megalopolis

for details visit the EXD’09 website

The Lounging Space opens at 11pm on Wednesday, 9 Sept

Sun to Thu 11:00 – 00:00
Fri & Sat 11:00 – 02:00
Palácio Braancamp
Pátio do Tijolo, 25 1250 – 301 Lisboa
Metro Rato, Baixa-Chiado; Bus 758, 773

VENUE info:
Tucked away between Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real and hidden behind a flowery patio and a wrought iron gate, the Palácio Braamcamp can easily be overlooked. Built by the Braamcamp family, this example of the 1800’s residential architecture is an elegant and pleasant construction. The façade has a curved frontispiece and a terrace overlooking the Tagus River and the facing buildings. The classic exterior contrasts with the richness of the inside, which combines balection moulding, mural painting, imprinted glass and vitreous glass. The interior space is organised around the hall, topped by a skylight and a gallery. The Palace, once inhabited by Fontes Pereira de Melo, was bought in 1917 by the French government, where it installed the École Française de Lisbonne, and in 1945 by the Lisbon Municipality.


Creative Director of EXD'09 Lisboa

Creative Director of EXD'09 Lisboa

Our long time media friend from Madrid, Tachy Mora, posed a few questions to the EXD’09 Lisboa Creative Director who is currently on vacation. He managed to find some time to repond between sipping G&T’s and tucking in the kids -

What happened to you and to The Designers Republic in recent years?

— We flew too close to the sun.

Why did you decided not to keep on?

— We stole from the rich and gave to the poor. The rich wanted their money back.

Is it closed or is it working?

— Born on Bastille Day 1986. Reborn on Bastille Day 2009.

Did you sell the brand?

— No, it’s still for sale…

After 23 years of The Designers Republic, what are you currently doing?

— Whatever I can see value in, with whoever can see value in me doing it.

Are you still interested in visual communication?

— I’m interested in ideas and in the communication of those ideas by any means necessary. I’m interested in provoking a response and measuring an outcome. I’m interested in creating a dialogue, and in the nature and value of the dialogue created. I’m interested in why what happens happens and how the way it is communicated can shift the idea, move the startpoint and change the outcome. I’m interested in why people do what they do, and how much that is a result of why they think what they think.

Tell us your plan to be just Ian Anderson and not Ian Anderson, the founder of The Designers Republic.

— Ian Anderson gives me more options.

Who are you now?

— Something between your best friend and your only hope.

What is different between Ian Anderson 1986 and Ian Anderson 2009?

— Everything I’ve dreamt, thought, done, experienced, learnt and probably forgotten in 23 years.

Is time the only challenge of the current visual communication?

— Understanding the why and the who-to are the biggest challenges – time is primarily a factor for those who think they don’t have time to think.

Today, designers have less time to develop their work but on the other hand, have more tools and technology.

— I don’t agree that we have less real time in real terms. Some people forget to use time and so become slaves to it. The tools refine rather than define the process.

Why do you think young designers are working a lot in 3D, generating the images or the scenes they need in a do it yourself way?

— Maybe a desire to create something ‘physical’ / tangible to escape into.

Does the new generation need to work again with the hands and less with the computer or is it just a trend?

— The new generation need to rediscover why the fuck they’re doing what they’re doing.

Do you think that young designers can’t notice the difference between Arial and Helvetica because they haven’t use Letraset?

— I think it’s because they don’t realize the benefit in knowing the difference. The devil is no longer in the detail, but on the surface.

Thinking back to the 80’s, what kind of handmade process did you find tedious?

— Making coffee.

And which ones do you miss or do you remember with nostalgia?

— I don’t miss anything from the past. If it’s worth doing I still do it. By nature a labour / time intensive hand-made process creates space for evolutionary ideas – for creative creative processes.

Which handmade process or habits are still important?

— Those which remind us that we are still physical beings existing in a physical world.

Tell us which of your earlier designs, made without the computer, you are proud of the most.

— You tell me which one you like – I like that one too.

How many typefaces do you think you are able to distinguish?

— As many as I need to communicate whatever I need to, when I need to.

A great designer or studio you have discovered recently?

— I haven’t been looking…

A book about graphic design?

— I’m writing it with Liz Farrelly.

A magazine?

— Every magazine, for better or worse.

A pantone?

— Just one?

A typeface?

— It depends what I want to say, why would I limit my options to one?

Just to know, now that you are available, how much does an hour of Ian
Anderson’s work costs?

— How much you got?

Hard at work for Lapse in time


Avoid disappointment and Book your tickets now for the Lisbon Conference during the EXD’09 Opening Week.

Dates: 09 - 12 September

Venue: Teatro Camoes

Prices: 1 Day: €7 and €6 for students and senior citizens

And only €20 for a full conference pass (4 days, 8 presentations) and €17 for students and senior citizens.

Book Online-

Conference Schedule -

Day 1 - Alejandro Aravena and Julien de Smedt

Day 2 - Peter Saville and Michael Horsham

Day 3 - Dario Buzzini, Leif Huff and Michael Young

Day 4 - Konstantin Grcic and Giulio Cappellini


Just returning from Luanda, after presenting EXD09 there and developing new projects with the Trienal de Luanda. The name of the project, Anatomy of Spedd, is not by chance…

See the video Legend of the cock here

Legend of the cock

In this gallery you can see how we experienced Lisboa from 15th – 18th July.

We had a nice and patient escort who showed us the interesting spots around Experimenta and in the city of Lisboa.

We saw 3 sunsets in 3 days, we drank good Portuguese beer, had good food and rode a pedal go cart.

So, we have to thank all the people we got to know from the Experimenta. We had a really nice and productive time.



















This year EXD is offering expert Guided Tours of the exhibitions.

1. Visits and hands-on activities for youngsters organised for school groups (6 – 14 years old). On the weekend these quiz visits extend to creative workshops offering a dynamic and playful environment for families and young individuals.
2. Workshops and special tours for high school students and undergraduates.
3. Bespoke itineraries and guided tours by experts for adult audiences. The opportunity to visit and explore the main exhibitions in one full day for students as well as Portuguese and international tourists.
T. +351 210 993 045
Guided tours and play-visits: 2€ p/person, all age groups
Creative workshops: 3€ to 10€ p/person


EXD is famous for taking over the city of Lisbon when the biennale is on. Besides choosing exquisite venues for the core programme… the Portuguese creative community collaborate with EXD to make it a memorable experience for locals and visitors alike. With this said, EXD is proud to include on the programme 53 Parallel events - made up of predominantly Portuguese creatives (50 and 3 International - Italian, Austrian and Swedish) and taking place all over the city.

A marked increase from previous years - 11 in 1999 and 30 in 2005.

Full details available on the EXD website.


Guta Moura Guedes unveiled the detailed programme of EXD’09 Lisboa to the Portuguese Press yesterday.

EXD'09 Press Conference in Lisbon

EXD'09 Press Conference in Lisbon

71 Events . 258 Participants . 23 Countries

71 Events . 258 Participants . 23 Countries


Saturday saw the conclusion of an enlightening Workshop week in Lisbon for Action for Age - an RSA Design Directions initiative and EXD Special project.

Under the the supervision of two Portuguese designers, Susana Antonio and Rita Filipe, six students took part in an intense 6-day workshop at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

As part of the workshop, students had visited nursing homes, elderly care centres and healthcare centres - awarding them the opportunity to interview people. Herewith some feedback from the fieldtrip:


Lisbon Social Support Centre

“It is important that people have the ability to choose.”

“The need for attention, conversation and communication in everything.”

“The lack of memories for people with Alzheimers. How can we create moments of happiness?”

“Older people that love life are happy”


75 year old Mr. Carlos at his tailor shop in Alfama

“Expensive private care homes may have everything, but residents in public homes have community, emotion and integration.”

“Communities that mix old people with different needs are good.”

“Older people love to connect with younger people”

“We visited a public care home that engages with residents to help sustain the workings of the home.”

“People in social care homes miss their homes and don’t want to be where they are.”

“They struggel to identify with other people therefore isolate themselves.”

“Some people are unhappy as they unable to travel, even though they love to.”


Action for Age participants visit Mr. José Alves at his store

“People work - ‘to be active’, ‘to be proud of their past’ ‘to have stories in their life’ ‘to be independent’

“How can we use the expertise and wisdom of older people to share skills.”

“The Action for Age workshop is discovering the diversity of elderly Portuguese people.”

FOR MORE IMAGES from the Lisbon Workshop visit -

(images posted by Think Public)


Emily King and Frith Kerr visited Lisbon last week for meetings with EXD and the Berardo Museum for the Exhibition Quick Quick Slow…

Emily King & Frith Kerr at the Berardo Museum in Lisbon

Emily King & Frith Kerr at the Berardo Museum in Lisbon

Emily :

I have had a great time in Lisbon, both working with the Experimenta team and making new friends from the art and design communities. There have been lots of nice relaxed meals and drinks around Barrio Alto, and we hope for lots more!

In terms of working for the Museum, it has been exciting to operate at the scale allowed by their enormous galleries. I was inspired by the sweep of rooms I was shown at the first meeting to embark on constructing a substantial history of graphic design. Also, it is a fabulous opportunity to  partner with an institution that is able to negotiate loans of important historic material, Futurist typography, Dada journals and so on, from museums like the Pompidou and the Wolfsonian. I have never been able to function on this kind of physical and historical scale before, and, while it is a little daunting, it is also a fantastic opportunity.


and enjoy it next September in Lisbon


Holland Herald, the KLM inflight magazine, recently did a fantastic feature on Lisbon…. here is an excerpt of the article. (For those visiting Lisbon for EXD’09, visit for information)

‘The city’s architecture combines a mish-mash of influences ranging from Moorish Manueline to baroque and art nouveau. “Lisbon is totally irregular,” says Guta Moura Guedes, chair of ExperimentaDesign, the international architecture and design biennale held in Lisbon. “The city is a mixture of different layers: she’s charismatic and charming, there’s an atmosphere of pleasure here combined with a certain idea of fun, a strong connection to the past and a huge amount of creative energy. Each edition of ExperimentaDesign changes locations to feature different places in Lisbon and we’re still discovering incredible new places, hidden places or monastries.”

Part of Lisbon’s charm is the feeling of having stepped back in time; old ladies sit chatting, tavern owners write up the menu of the day and the cobblestoned roads and paths keep the pace slow.”It feels like time stopped a little in Lisbon,” says historian Joao Pimental. Guta Moura Guedes echoes this sentiment. “A friend of mine recently visited and said he felt like he’d stepped back 30 years. Lisbon grows slowly, so you feel like you’re in a bit of a sleepy city, which is actually really beautiful.” However, sitting by the riverside in the boutique hotel the Altis Belem, it feels very much like 2009.’

Words: Jeanne Tan for the Holland Herald


EXD’09 Programme for Conferences and Debates closed. From next thursday check out our website for programme and tickets. Time to plan and book Lisbon in your agenda from 9 to 13 September….!


I started reading Alain de Botton’s “The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work” on my flight from London to Lisbon last Wednesday. I got the book after seeing de Botton in conversation with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library last month. De Botton is a master in revealing the extraordinary behind the commonplace of our globalised world. In his latest book, he does just does that – wonderfully. And just as I was about to land in Lisbon I found a paragraph that talks about our warped notion of time through the life and death of strawberries. Indulge me if you will. (more…)


Oron Catts, Neri Oxman and Kevin Slavin confirmed at Paola’s Open Talk for EXD’09.


New is The Time for Action
Now Sounds Now Styles
Wow! is the word
It’s got groove it’s got meaning
Wow! is the time, is the place is the motion
Wow! is the way we are feeling


Leif Huff is co-location Lead of IDEO Munich and Dario Buzzini is Interaction Design Lead at IDEO. EXD09 is more than happy to have them as lecturers of the Lisbon Conferences sharing their vison and work around our theme: Time.


Joseph Grima, Lindy Roy and Ben Fry are confirmed as the 3 guests of Alice’s Open Talk for EXD09.

alice rawsthorn


World 2.0 is the name of the Open Talk coordinated by Ravi Nadoo. From South Africa, Ravi is the Director of Design Indaba and he invited Gaby de Abreu, Nathan Reddy and Rui Esteves as his 3 guests for his Open Talk at EXD09.























































“breathing chair”

camouflaged plastic chair + cardboard+ urea + pressed air. no stylism, no confromism, no design egoism but transformation and basic research in hot sand.








Lapse time

A few short impressions of my trips to Isreal, London, New York and Amsterdam .

Part 1

To see the studio of Tal Gur we crossed the desert to the Jordan valley, “mudded” in the Dead Sea and talked about design concepts in his kibbuz workshop on 46 degrees C, surrounded by mesh chairs, various urea materials, converted plastic bags, bamboo sticks, handmade rotation moulds and a noisy compressor who made a new design object “breathing”.


In front of all the recent political circumstances, visualizing the threatening concrete wall, driving through corridors, passing check points, we enjoyed the open communication and the mutual appreciation.

The work of Tal Gur will enrich the exhibition concept.


After a lovely weekend in Hong Kong and visiting an island outside of the city, we spent our second day at the studio of Michael Young. Michael himself would describe his studio as a place of a different timezone in comparison to the city outside and it certainly is. It is peaceful and quiet here, although the quietness last friday and this monday might have been the consequence of a party art fair weekend …  However, when you leave the hot and humid city and climb the stairs, better take the elevator into the 11th floor and arrive at the bright white corridor, you are in a different place. img_2570

And even so you will read England in big silver letters, you are most certainly not in good old Europe. A place inbetween and at the same time so connected to Asia, a studio with around 8 people including the interns, speaking English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese or Swedish. A place ful of respect and clear rules to protect the creativness of it, like the one rule - no business meeting before 2.30.

entrance door to Michael Youngs studio

entrance door to Michael Youngs studio

In almost all the studios we visited so far, the mutual respect of the people working there, as much as the personality of the main designers, both have an impact on the way of working and the special spirit of the studio. So maybe one could describe the spirit at the Campanas colorful, maybe it was more serious at Konstantins, maybe it was “the most laid back studio in Hong Kong” (MY) but the loyalty and dedication was special in all of these places. Maybe, because of a different setting and a little different way of working it was more corporate at Haldanes or at Adityas place. It certainly had a pragmatic team oriented democratic feeling at Lunars.

As mentioned above Michael Youngs studio here in Hong Kong is said to be very relaxed in comparison to others around, very laid back and yet there is this special energy of Michael himself, his dynamics and way of approaching things, in my opinion much more wary than one would think at the first impression. What is interesting, at least that is my impression, the more personal and respectful the relations in the studio get, which includes trust and a certain freedom in having ones own speed in developing a project, the more loyal and devoted the input of each of the team becomes. Michael Youngs studio was a good example of that, a very well organized working place,  fueled by him, his energy, his creativity and at the same time doesn’t seem to need him to funktion just as well.

Prada watching us leave Michael Youngs studio

Prada watching us leave Michael Youngs studio


But of course we found some stereotypes of Hong Kong China as well, adjectives like efficient, fast, energetic, industrial - words used by Andrew one of the industrial designers at MY, born and raised in Hong Kong, to describe this city and it’s working ethic. He confirmed, that Michael Youngs studio is very special, relaxed, so you do have full concentrated days, but unlike other places, you dont work too much overtime, which is normal in Hong Kong - and not healthy as he would add. If you consider the output of this studio, then it seems like working overtime is no guarantee for the qualitity and amount of work to get done.

After leaving Hong Kong, as swift and easy as arriving, we flew to Tokyo. Even so we found our way into the city, the right neighbourhod and hotel al right, things are much more confusing than Hong Kong. What a crazy contrast, if we reflect on the last ten days, almost two weeks now - Delhi, flat, hot, humid, dirty, intense and still wonderful, the moment you get used to all the crazyness; Hong Kong, dense, steep hills, packed, less dirty, good to get out, no green, english language, well organized, no fan of chinese food, but still in awe of the density architecture wise; and now Tokyo, endless in size, abrupt changes in scale, flower pots everywere, wonderful little gardens, amazing parks, no english, difficulties to buy a metro ticket, friendly helpful patient people, very clean, refined, wonderful food, so many people!

Tokyo, view from Mori Tower

Tokyo, view from Mori Tower

view from Mori Tower again

view from Mori Tower again

Yesterday we almost went nuts while trying to find the right exit of Shibuya Station - I swear, that everytime we came over ground it looked exactly the same, a bus station, some high buildings, endless flashing advertisement on the buldings…



Today we are going to meet our last designer of this trip and project, Ichiro Iwasaki at the university he is teaching at. Tomorrow we will go to his studio and hopefully spent more time there than planned so far.

A personal experience while constantly moving through different time zones and this time only going east: on every flight farther east we lost time, many hours, a couple of hours, ine hour, had to preset our watches, but the feeling became certaine, that it is impossible to catch up with the lost hours. They are lost forwever and your body has a very hard time overcoming that loss. Actually, in each new city we want to sleep even longer, in a senseless hope or search of regaining time.


Yesterday we arrived in Hong Kong. Our most amazing experience after Delhi, but actually after all the other cities we had visited so far, was the smooth and perfect ride into the city. From the moment we left the airplane to the moment we arrived in our hotel room, probably none of us never experienced such a well organised system of connecting transport media. In no time we arrived in the middle of this exciting city, and after another second (so it felt after Delhi) we were standing in the 30th floor of the hotel, in amazement of the view, speechless. Needless to say, this city feels cool after Delhi.

view of hotel room

view of hotel room


After a good rest, we went out to see the installation and opening of Michael Youngs at the Pawn, a beautiful piece of industrial art, as he would put it. A wonderful precise extrusion piece of aluminum, with two perfectly controlled bents, one element growing exuberantly.

installation of Michael Young, at the pawn

the Link installation of Michael Young, at the Pawn in Hong Kong

Michael enjoying the evening

Michael enjoying the evening

I will write more about our first day at the studio of Michael’s later, which was fun and interesting, but need some time to reflect and even more time to be able to converse my thoughts on this city, where you can walk through markets full of wonderful things, smell the intensive smell of the chinese medicine and have a dense financial high riser world at the same time. First impression: I love it. The combination of a highly organized system with a distinctive culture is fascinating. International, local, European, Asian, Chinese.

entrance to the Luen Wai Commercial Building

entrance to the Luen Wai Commercial Building

entering the building

entering the building, where Michael Youngs studio is located

And yes, this is the entrance to Michael Youngs studio in Sheung Wan. There is a surprise, when you reach the 11th floor!


While Tulga is heading further East, I’m going North.
I’m taking the Adirondack train from New York to Montreal, which covers the 613km that separate the two cities in just over 10h. A high-speed train it is not, but this is the United States and the Obama Administration’s rail stimulus package is just getting started.

I’m going to Montreal next week not only for the scenic journey along the Hudson Valley, or to discover North America’s most European city, but to attend the opening of the “Speed Limits” exhibition, which takes place on May 19th at the CCA - Canadian Centre for Architecture.

I heard about “Speed Limits” from Cathy Leff, director of the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, who was a guest speaker in one of our D-crit classes this semester. The Wolfsonian co-organised the exhibition with CCA in Montreal, and will be hosting it in 2010.

According to CCA, this exhibition, curated by Jeffrey T. Schnapp (Stanford Humanities Lab), “addresses the pivotal role played by speed in modern life: from art to architecture and urbanism to graphics and design to economics to the material culture of the eras of industry and information. It also marks the centenary of the foundation of the Italian Futurist movement”.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what seems like a scholarly, historical approach to our overarching topic of discovery and discussion.


Actually I love Delhi, even so it took us a while to arrive here and find our way through this hot chaos, this madness, which is so special. Can you imagine a city, where the traffic is absolutely crazy, but it always moves? The centimeters between the different carriages (and there are many different kinds) freak you out at the beginning, but after a while you can’t stop but wonder, that there is always a smooth and almost elegant way of constant movement - in a city of 14 million!

Staying at cks was also a peaceful retreat, a place of safety and sanity. cks in Delhi is a team of about eleven people, including Aditya Dev Sood, founder and CEO. There is another office in Bangalore, and a newly founded one in Mumbai.

This office here is located in a rather good neighbourhood, in a residential area, the office is in the ground floor of the private house of Aditya. It has two entrances, tow different sides to one piece.

the private entrance of Dr. Sood

the private entrance of Dr. Sood


the official entrance of cks

the official entrance of cks


cks is a consulting company in design research. Their clients can be mobile phone companies, who need to understand more about their future market. The three offices are based in three different areas of india very much on purpose, to be able to cover this big country in the north west and south. The main work is based on field research, but the creative work is to analyse and evaluate the data taken from the field trips and not only to come up with interesting information, but conclusions and maybe proposals of how to take the right steps and maybe develop new business ideas. The people working in field research are usually a mix of designers and ethnologists - in our special case Rahul, in charge for research and originally trained in communication design took the driver of cks with him for this short field trip.

Rahul and the driver discussing where to go

Rahul and the driver discussing where to go

We joined them to a town at the edge of Delhi, trying to “haunt” shop owners, who are willig to spend some time to talk with him about the topic of the specific research he is working on. In all the other studios we never left the office, but in this case we thought it is important to do so, to understand the way of working better. It lead us to another part of the city, very interesting, but believe me, we loved the aircondition even more.


Rahul talking to a shop owner

Rahul talking to a shop owner

there are always curious poeple

there are always curious poeple


Rahul, the driver of cks and Eva

Aditya Dev Sood is a highly intellectual man and it is a thrill to talk to him. His argument about the rapid and explosive changes in this country over the last two decades gave me an idea of the speed of change this place is going through. So many possibilities, so many new options. And it will be different again in ten years from now. The impact for example mobile telephones will have on the development of the country is one of the things cks has been carefully looking at in the last years.

Then again there are many more things we aboserved at cks, that make this place very different from the others, but I will need some time to reflect and present the information in the exhibition Pace of Design. 

Next stop is Hong Kong visiting Michael Young.


The first of April we came back from Cape Town, the 8th and 9th of April we visited Konstantin Grcic in Munich and the 9th of May we left for Delhi, visiting cks, centre for knowledge societies amd it’s founder Aditya dev Sood. Next stops are Michael Young in Hong Kong and Ichiro Iwasaki in Tokyo.

4 hours by train from Vienna to Munich

4 hours by train from Vienna to Munich

6 hours by plane from Vienna to Delhi

6 hours by plane from Vienna to Delhi

Time is fleeting, as usual, and like we all do, I was fighting time in Vienna trying to get things done. Suddenly you are at a very different place like India, after a short trip, experiencing a very different sensation of time, a new understanding between time and heat. Delhi was incredibly hot and humid almost all day of yesterday (until a relieving thunderstorm came) around 40°C, a condition in which speed has a very different meaning. And yet again, everybody is moving, moving in an elegant slow motion, a constant motion I would rather film than take pictures of, to capture this special pace.

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar

Indian Habitat Centre

Indian Habitat Centre, the place we stayed

In Munich there was something about time and order we took with us. The fact, that a very organized city like Munich also gives you time, time to spend, but also more time to work. More time equals pressure? Difficult to say. Because at the same time all the studios I visited so far, even if the city seemed chaotic, anarchic in a way, were very organized and efficient in using time, no matter if in the USA, Brazil or South Africa. Still - organization and this heat here seem to be two contradicting matters. 

Entrance into the court from the street

To Konstantins place, entrance from the street

downstairs door

entrance to the staircase in the second court

Our visit at Konstantins Grcis’s place was a lovely experience as well, a peaceful concentrated place again, very structured and very sympathetic. A clear set up of the day sets a very controlled pace, a frame in which work is being done, has to be done and keeps people from working crazy hours.A special moment to us is the 11′o’clock tea with Brezel, everyday on the terrace, all year round.

tea time on the terrace

tea time on the terrace


Still from Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time

Still from 'Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time'

One of my favorite presentations at the Design and Film symposium I attended at the Cooper Hewitt Museum last March was Stuart Kendall’s talk on the film Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time. The documentary, directed by German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer, focuses on Goldsworthy’s site-specific sculptural work.

I was particularly interested in Kendall’s reading of this film, which he says it is not about making, but about modifying things. To Kendall, Goldsworthy’s work challenges an anthropocentric view of the world (as vindicated from Descartes to the multiculturalist agenda), the fetishism of the heroic creator or the question of artistic and environmental appropriateness.  Kendall’s lecture explored the concepts of modification vs. creation, of art – but also design – as disciplines that are part of a historical and material continuum he called long now.





“Speed is the rate of motion, or equivalently the rate of change of dintance. Speed is a scalar quantity with dimensions length/time (…)” (source: Wikipedia)

Fish and chips, kebabs or bifanas no pão.

Or just McDonalds and Burger King.

Our fast branded meals when moving fast from one place to another.

Or even with time enough to enjoy a slower one.

We call it fast food, as if it wasn’t our fault.


Konstantin Grcic is confirmed as one of the 8 lecturers that will come to EXD09 for the Lisbon Conferences.


Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli are going to be the Talk Hosts of two of the four sessions of the Open Talks in Lisbon, which happen during the opening week, from 9 to 13 September. Paola proposed the theme “But is it Design?” for her Open Talk, and Alice’s theme is going to be “Back to the Future of Design”.
Very soon we will know about who are the 3 guests each of them are inviting for their debates….


Tal Gur from Israel will become part of the show LAPSE IN TIME. A nearly unknown brave designer who touches new materials and alternative project thoughts for design projects beyond normal standards. It will be my next trip in May to see his studio and decide about his contribution for the exhibition in Lisboa.






From my watches to Proust or how to deal with time.


After traveling east again we arrived in Cape Town sunday morning but actually have never arrived! What a tired limbo state, we dont seem to get out of.

the airport of Cape Town

the airport of Cape Town

getting into the city

getting into the city

on the way to the waterfront the evening of the 29th of March

on the way to the waterfront the evening of the 29th of March

We spent the last two days in the office of Haldane Martin, a beautiful space, a former church in the area of Woodstock. 

Haldanes church

Haldanes church


the neighbourhood in Woodstock

the neighbourhood in Woodstock

the space is also used as showroom

the space is also used as showroom

Haldane is not only a designer, but he is manager of his furniture company as well. That does change the spirit of the place in some ways, even so the Campanas produce too and their craft people work in the same building. Some of the people working for Haldane have a craft background, but might be in charge for the quality control of the furniture, that is being assembled and packed in the back of the office.

Haldane discussing with Germaine and Andy production details

Haldane discussing with Germaine and Andy production details

Once in a while people come by, like today a woman from Norway buying some pieces. The Zulu Mama Chair seems to be a best seller here in Cape Town and abroad, we have seen the chair at many places like in the airport and city. Actually according to numbers the Weightless diningchair is the best selling product. Haldane is very well known in South Africa, but is getting to get known in Europe as well, I recently tripped over his work published in a book by Gestalten, called Desire. 

left you see the Zulu Mama chair, Eva and I are working on one of Haldanes tables

left you see the Zulu Mama chair, Eva and I are working on one of Haldanes tables

What can I say about time? Since there are other things which surprise us more, like the fact, that you don’t ever seem to walk, walking is simply no good idea, even the shortest distance - at least that is our impression. The light is superb and there is a lot of wind. The cloud hovering on top of table mountain is spectacular in the morning.

The office of Haldane consists of two worlds in a way, there is the admin staff in the front of the bulding and the workers in the back. The two places do have a different atmospheres, in speed and noise, still all people are really nice and the pace is easy and relaxed all over. People like to stop and chat with each other. They seem to chat more and have more fun, when the boss is out ;-)

Haldane pointed out, that this country has two time zones, two different rhythms and economys, first and third world in one country. Maybe that is why it is so difficult to sense a special pace, as it seems to be caught in between. But the multitude of culture and backgrounds give this place a special feeling too - actually this multitude is very well represented in Haldanes office, as you will see. It is funny to listen to the different languages and different accents, rhythms of english and other dialects.

Also we feel very welcome and the people here at Haldane’s are open and curious about what we do and why we are here, the place and even more the city of Cape Town seems very reserved. It is tempting to come up with speculations and comparisons now, but the research isn’t over yet. Next stop is the office of Konstantin Gcic in Munich the coming week.


In the meantime we spent our second day at the studio of Fernando and Humberto Campana. Here are some images of our ways through the city the night of the 26th and the day of the 27th - only a fraction of what this city is about!





From the loud and noisy city retreat back to the peaceful place in Rua Barao de Tatui.




We arrived quite early in the morning, some people were in the office already, like Cristina the secretary and the guys of the workshop. I feel embarrassed because I can’t spell or even less pronounce their names. Humberto came around 9.00 and after taking a joint walk in the neighbourhood, we had a long conversation about time. The interview with Humberton ( later I spoke to Fernando as well) will be in the exhibition, so I wont get into details, but while writing I am just realizing, that this blog helps me to sort my thoughts. Humberto for example would talk about the importance, that each project get’s the time it need’s to develop, or Fernando would talk about the right time for certain projects. Both of them talked about chaos and efficiency in a very interesting way. They embrace chaos and still they are very organized. And they love their country, I wasn’t aware that they really want to give Brazil a new position just as much as they have this need and wonderful creativity to express themselves. They both know how much there is to discover here. Humberto suggested, that Guta should rather do an Experimenta here in Sao Paolo then in Amsterdam! I agree and would volunteer to be part of that adventure.


Actually the studio of the Campanas is really near to a beautiful residential area with a lot of modernist buildings, so no, they are not in some kind of favelas!


These public phones have a wonderful name which means something like little ear! And that is what they are.



I think I was very lucky, because I met them in a very peaceful moment, working in the studio on their very own pace, with a couple of meetings in the city, but not much. Humberto was making sketches and drawings and once in a while he likes to go down to the workshop and work with his hands, while Fernando has different methods of expressing his ideas, maybe faster, only that is no category. Right now he is working on lovely collages.

After having a delicious lunch with the two, and after talking to Fernando as well, they both left for the weekend.

Eva and I stayed in the office, with became more and more quiet, people leaving one after the other - depending on when they started they left between 5.30 and 7.00 or even later. And before they left, they had a great little snack chat time downstairs. Then the big garage door downstairs was closed, the interns left, it gets dark early.

In the end it was Leo and Lelia left, when Eduardo took us to our hotel around 7.30.

What probably struck me most is, that the brothers have set up a very organized structure with great young people working for them, dedicated to them and at the same time free to work in their own pace. The brothers trust their team and I think they did a great job, because this team gives them the freedom to move in their own pace as much as they can.


part of the team: Diogo, Leo, Lelia, Eduardo (from l to r)

The place is simple but beautiful, because everybody really cares about the studio and about each other. Sorry for sounding like a silly sentimental Hippie but that is what you walk away with!

looking out into the patio

looking out into the patio

Later we had another great evening in the city with Lelia and Leo taking us out and today we are of to Cape Town, meeting Martin Haldane.



Two weeks excursion with students in China.

Again a time change, a physical but also a cultural one. A “Lapse in Time” in definite. Within one day we plunged into a new world of images,noice and smell. 

I organized a one week workshop project “Souvenirs of China” with 45 students from Germany and China searching for a new way of souvenir interpretation with less stereotypes, and kitschy repetitions. By mixing the diversified ethnics we reached more complexity and polarisation in communication and execution. Both factors led to controversial results and raised the “limit of pain”.

souvenirs of chinamodernityporcelainitydogmatismglobal babiesone child syndromhistoricalgood bye mao



scouting for best venues in best company. Inspired by unusual temperatures. Winged by sublime exhibition sites. Left with melancholy

scouting for sizainside siza-downstairsinside siza -upstairsbellas artes in renovation


How do I sum up my visit in San Francisco? Tuesday was different from monday, so how would wednesday have been and how will friday be? Maybe I should reschedule my whole trip and always visit the studios monday and friday?  :-)
To be on the Lunar moon was special - and at the same time it was so clear, that I was in the USA. In the meantime I changed the place to be for some place  more on the southern hemisphere. After a dreadful flight with United (like with airports, luckily this is not a comment on airlines…) we arrived in Sao Paolo. Another sainted city, I realized, while writing the titel. San Francisco and Sao Paolo! There is no Heiliges Wien….

Post Street early evening of the 24th

We went straight to the office of Fernando and Humberto Campana and got happily lost there. This place, hid behind a simple garage door, ist peaceful and happy, concentrated but still relaxed.

almost the entrance

You hear birds and good music, people talking and laughing, hammering and (can’t hear it) sewing…. it is a peaceful place with a lovely court and a loving heart. The office space, built two years ago, is simple, decent even humble, I would say, but it is a great place to be. Yes, there is a upper floor and a lower floor, design/ admin and craft, but that doesn’t mean that there is any kind of evaluation between the two.

office entrance Campana brothers

You can see the entrance above, more after tomorrow  Tulga


21st of March, leaving Vienna: I did travel a lot in my life, but still this trip makes me nervous. What am I going to experience? How are the design offices going to react, when we are hanging out at their work place observing what they are doing? Will we find any differences in the design-pace at the different studios around the world? Or has globalization hacked us all?

on my way to Dublin, from (ugly) Vienna airport

on my way to Dublin, from (ugly) Vienna airport

About the project:
“Pace of Design” is the title of the exhibition I am curating for ExperimentaDesign, which tries to convey the different working processes in seven different design studios around the world. How much are culture and the location itself influencing the pace of design? Is there a difference in rhythm and speed in the working processes? Are there special rituals connected to this specific culture, country, city, or just the specific design studio? When does an average day start, when does it end? Do they have lunch together? A coffee break? How formal or informal is the daily routine organized? How controlled or how free?

My attempt is to come as an outsider and try to observe as much as I can, through watching the people working, asking questions, spending two days at each place. A young Austria photographer, named Eva Engelbert, is joining me. Both of us will try to blend in and observe and absorb as much as we can. This blog is about my experiences. The outcome and our interpretation will be seen at the exhibition in September.

22nd of March,early morning start, leaving Dublin to San Francisco

good morning Eva! 22nd of March,early morning start, leaving Dublin to San Francisco

Our first trip will take us from Vienna via Dublin to San Francisco - then from there via Chicago to Sao Paolo, after that via Johannesburg to Cape Town, and via Munich back to Vienna. Later in April I will be in Munich again and in May will do Delhi, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Leaving Vienna you can see an ugly airport, only Dublin isn’t any better too. Neither is San Francisco – so if this would be a survey about airports, it wouldn’t be too exciting aesthetic wise. I met Eva at the airport in Dublin, next morning we continued our trip to San Francisco, where we visited  Lunar Design.

22nd of March

Leaving Dublin and arriving in San Francisco.

another airport waiting area / this time Dublin

another airport waiting area / this time Dublin


what a man

what cool guy!


and his ultimate boot bag!

and his ultimate boot bag!

We travelled okay and the city of San Francisco welcomed us with a pristine, sunny and crisp weather! What a lively city, beautiful architecture, steep hills and great views. Later we had a rather strange Chinese dinner in China Town, but it was fun. Went to bed very early, woke up very early as well. Actually it is strange, that I am doing a project about time and will be more or less constantly out of the local time zone, because I am either late or ahead, with the schedule of travel we chose. Two days at each place don’t give us much time to adapt, or maybe we will develop our very own pace?

leaving San Francisco airport

leaving San Francisco airport


San Francisco looking downtown

San Francisco looking downtown


San Francisco looking uphill

San Francisco looking uphill


San Francisco being uphill

San Francisco being uphill

San Francisco looking downhill

San Francisco looking downhill

23rd of March

9am arriving at the office of Lunar Design., which is one of the most successful industrial design consultancies in the USA, next to Ideo, Frog or Fuse maybe. All of them are based in the bay area in or around San Francisco. What is probably special about Lunar, is that they always tried to work on non client projects, next to doing great design jobs with clients like hp, Oral B, Sandisc and many more. There are about 40 to 50 people in both the offices in San Francisco and Paolo Alto, the majority based in San Francisco. They have two other offices, one in Munich, one in Hong Kong.

Entrance of Lunar Design in San Francisco

Entrance of Lunar Design in San Francisco

What struck me most about our first day, was the atmosphere of a very focused concentration at all the desks. It stayed peaceful and quiet all day, some people actually almost never left their desk and their computer. Spontaneous meetings around a desk disrupted the quietness for a moment, meetings at the kitchen are used for a brief chat. For lunch each person brings in some sandwich or such and eats it at the mutual table in the kitchen, sometimes at his desk. Nobody seems to take more time off, than it takes to eat his meal. Special meetings happen in the meeting rooms to discuss a project. One of the two founders, Jeff Smith, and the Creative Director Ken Wood came in from Paolo Alto to work on a project with the team and it was interesting to watch the very informal and relaxed way of working between the group of four. But otherwise it was a very concentrated Monday here in the office of Lunar Design.

The street in front of Lunar Design

The street in front of Lunar Design

First people came in around 8am, late arrivals around 9.30 / 10.00 maybe. Some came much later, because they had meetings outside. The studio consists of Industrial Designers, Graphic Designers, Interaction Designers plus the biggest group – the engineers. Are you interested in the relation male female? Like in all design studios traditionally heavy on the male side! Most females in graphic and Interaction, less in ID, none with the engineers, even so Lunar is paying a lot of attention to have more female employees.

this is Eva again, more awake this time

this is Eva again, more awake this time

Most of the people left between 6pm and 7pm, some stayed late until around 7.30 / 8.00.

24th of March

We started really early this time, coming to the office with the first engineer. If you are dissapointed, that I am not showing any images of the studio - well I dont want to destroy the surprise at the exhibition. Eva was very busy taking a lot of images. But before publishing we have to get back to Lunar due to confidentiallity. This office is working an exciting projects with big clients. That means we have to be very carefull.

However: our second day was interesting as well. To me it seemed more relaxed than the first day, which was monday… maybe that is the reason? More chatting, more informal meetings around work desks or in the kitchen, was my impression.


Dodgeball tournament

Dodgeball tournament, won by Lunar, this year organized by Fuse

Yesterday I talked to a South Korean designer, Junggi, working at Lunar for  years (?). It was interesting to listen to him and his perception of the studio - which he likes very much - and the USA, with a horizontal hierarchie (which he likes again) and the fact, that people are working 8 hours straight (and many more if necessary) but take almost no time to have lunch, like they do in Korea, also the working days are much longer usually. Sandrine, a french senior industrial designer I talked to today, said something similar, about her first shock, when she saw people eating their salads next to their computer, never taking a break, changing the surroundings, breaking the day in two halfs. Even so the afternoon might be longer in France, after lunch break. So my first two days leaves me with the impression, that the Americans are very focused and dedicated to work. More details in the exhibition, more facts to compare this impressions to, when I arrive at the studio of the Campana brothers in Sao Paolo!

Dodgeball trophy

The Dodgeball trophy!

And I promise to blog every day from now on, so nobody has to read such a long text anymore.


it's about time

A couple of years back, when we were discussing our theme It’s About Time on a sunny summer’s day in Lisbon, we went out for a walk and saw this woman making bracelets for tourists. She would typically weave the name of a person into the fabric and we thought, why not use this nice little crafty thing as our sign of commitment to our cause? So, while others show their engagement with bland plastic red, yellow or green bracelets, we combine all of these colors. We’re for all good causes – It’s about time! ;-)


ExperimentaDesign Lisboa/Amsterdam is challenging editors of leading design, architecture and lifestyle magazines from around the world to take part in a project that aims to foster insightful design criticism today.

The need for thorough design criticism exists beyond academia. Designers and their audience profit from critical analysis that surpasses mere journalistic reporting. We need not only to know what’s out there, but also want to ask why? The current obsession with discovering the latest product, showcasing the freshest talent, reviewing the next event, and highlighting the newest buildings demonstrates that magazines often race for previews instead of reviews, and for short paragraphs instead of the big picture. Serious criticism, which looks beyond the product and the producer to the cultural contexts for which design is essentially made, is under pressure.

We invite editors and critics within the cultural and design field to do two things: first help us in developing shared criteria for in-depth design critique, and second to apply these criteria to identify subjects in need of scrutiny and formulate clear briefs for authors.

This blog will mainly serve the first purpose: to discuss what we consider good design criticism and to sharpen our criteria. Ideally, the discussions here should result in a series of state-of-the-art essays which together will provide a benchmark for current design criticism. We invite editors to publish their contribution to this discourse in the September issues of their magazines, and will collect the essays into a book which will be published at a later date.

During the opening week of EXD09 – It’s About Time, we will organize a special event in which the participating magazines will present or preview their issues containing the Stop&Think essays, and publicly discuss the reasons for joining our project.

Please post your commentary and ideas on design criticism as comments to this post!


This blog is named after the theme of the forthcoming edition of ExperimentaDesign Lisboa 2009, taking place in the Portuguese capital from 9 September till 8 November 2009It serves the purpose of providing the biennale’s curators and collaborators with an on-line platform to develop their ideas and share their findings. And we invite the audience at large to contribute to the evolving debates around the Biennale’s theme and program.

We intend this blog as an easily accessible democratic platform for an international community concerned with design’s urgent topics and challenges. So that means you too, dear reader. Please do not hesitate to share your opinions with us and don’t spare us your critique.