Author Archives: Charlotte West

About Charlotte West

Charlotte West is a Seattle-based writer who previously spent six years in Stockholm, Sweden. She writes about design and architecture for Print, Icon, Computer Arts and Men's Journal, and translates Swedish design magazine Form into English. Her first book, Projekt: The Polish journal of visual art and design, just came out from London-based publisher, Unit Editions (2011).

Cinema Komunisto

Serbian director Mila Turajlic has captured the visual history of Yugoslavia in her new film, Cinema Komunisto, which made its North American debut last week at the Tribeca Film Festival. This week it is screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival until May 5, 2011. Turajlic’s documentary provides an unprecedented look into the...

HÖfðaletur and Other Icelandic Fonts You Can't Pronounce

Iceland’s version of a design week, DesignMarch, took place in Reykjavík over the weekend. The festival included the entire spectrum of Icelandic design, ranging from a new menswear collection made of indigenous materials by fashion designer Sruli Recht to the live manufacture of scarves by textile designers Vík Prjónsdóttir. Sýniletur, which means “On Display”...

Polish Design 1955-1968: We Want to Be Modern

Contemporary Polish design has come into focus in recent years, with exhibitions such as architect Miska Miller-Lovegrove’s Young Creative Poland at the 2009 London Design Festival and the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair. Another recent example is the Polish pavilion by WWAA Architects for the Shanghai Expo 2010. The pavilion, which featured a perforated CNC-cut...

The Golden Age of Steamship Travel

The Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver BC is showing The Golden Age of Steamship Travel: Voyages of Immigration that Changed Canada (until Friday, April 1). The exhibition features early 20th century steamship memorabilia and artifacts collected by physician and surgeon Dr. Wallace Chung, a lifetime resident of Vancouver. Chung donated part of his personal...

Spin That Record by Loslohbros

Andy and Tom Lohner – a pair of brothers originally from Graz, Austria – have just released a video documenting their artistic process as they prepare for their upcoming show, Spin that Record, which will debut on April 22, 2010 at the MuseumsQuartier cultural center in Vienna. The video was produced by Austrian filmmaker...

Lumberjack Chic with Happy Wrap

One of the things I enjoy most about orbiting the design world around the holidays is that I get a lot of e-mails featuring some of my favorite designer’s personal yuletide greetings. And coming across Happy Wrap wrapping paper by Madeleine Eiche of Seattle-based studio Turnstyle made me, well, happy. Each of the eight...

Today at the London Design Festival: Punk on Paper

Friday, September 24: The London Design Festival seems an apt occasion to take stock of the creative anarchy of British punk rock with “Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper,” a poster exhibition at Haunch of Venison gallery. The exhibition allows the public to glimpse the personal archives of curator and designer Toby Mott, who...

Today at the London Design Festival: Wrappers Delight

Thursday, September 23: One of the quirkiest events during London Design Festival, Wrappers Delight, is an exhibition curated by graphic design studio Hyperkit. Designer Rose Reeves has collected orange wrappers from around the world over the past eight years, and they will be on display at the Taschen store from September 23 through October...

Today at the London Design Festival: V&A Maps by Michael Johnson

Wednesday, September 22: As the hub of the London Design Festival, the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) is the place to be. So we thought it might be apropos to highlight these maps designed for the museum by Michael Johnson of London-based studio johnson banks. The 10 maps are based on the wanderings of musicians, writers,...

Today at the London Design Festival: Sharp'ner

Kicking off last weekend, the London Design Festival (September 18-26) has a significant graphic design component as well. With more than 200 events to choose from, we’ll be posting one thing you should know about every day from the festival. Tuesday, September 21: DIY design aficiondos might be interested in Sharp’ner, a talk at...