Amsterdam – Analysing the winning projects of this year’s St-W Awards, the May/June issue of St-W magazine reports on the human-centric breeze that is stirring the interior-design sector. Workplaces feature hackable spaces, houses encourage their inhabitants to be themselves and furniture manufacturers desire to bond more deeply with their customers. As a result, what we’re seeing is the user assuming the role of director, taking ownership of the spaces they reside in.
We also explore how technology is transforming live music. Stufish’s Ray Winkler discusses how innovation on both sides of the stage has raised the stakes for entertainment architects, video games are becoming this generation’s entertainment venue of choice and Drake’s latest tour shows how technology is not only making live performance more engaging, but also more equitable.
Human tissue as a material resource. Furniture’s rental revolution. Upgrading the economy cabin. The future of flat-pack. Discover new directions in the world of products.
The Challenge: The Future of Shows
In the lead-up to each issue, St-W challenges emerging designers to answer a topical question with a future-forward concept. That technology has drastically altered the design landscape is nothing new, but the immateriality associated with such developments begs the question: what’s next? When it comes to staging events, we’ve seen dancers frolic with drones, holographic catwalk shows for virtual fashion lines and sets that transform via light projections. With VR and AR on the rise, will the ‘stage’ as we know it cease to exist? Or will designers revolt and return to the physical? We asked five makers to think ahead.
Balkrishna Doshi has been human all along. Renny Ramakers lacks routine. I29 widens its horizons. Mariam Kamara practises place-making in Africa. Meet the people. Get their perspectives.
Spaces: St-W Awards 2019
Interior design is not a second-rate profession; it’s an industry worth honouring. But St-W Awards 2019 was about more than presenting prizes. During the judging and ensuing ceremony in Amsterdam, a gathering of great minds – jurors and nominees alike – considered where spatial design is heading. How can today’s interiors represent the zeitgeist and point to the future? The winning projects offer some answers.
Time was when a sticky floor or muddy field, a few on-stage props (for the lucky few), a couple of spotlights and a smoke machine were all you could hope for as a concertgoer. A concert is primarily about the music, of course, and not the set dressing. But what if you could have the best of both? Technology’s transformative effect on the live music experience has raised the level of the spectacle to match that of the sound. Whether its in-venue, in-game or in-VR, concert design is helping audiences feel closer to the performer and to their fellow fans than ever before.
Manufacturers make living outside less ecologically impactful. How the garden can become as comfortable as the living room. Discover what’s driving the business of design.
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