Selected online design stories by Herbert Wright



À la London Design Biennale 2023, fenêtre ouverte sur le monde

Je visite la biennale avec le thème choisi par le directeur artistique Arie Chen, "The Global Game", et trouve des idées extraordinaires et diverses, inclu un morceau de pain autrichien de l'avenir

En français!  In French! 

Chroniques d'Architecture June 2023



Models holding hands, Lagos, Nigeria, 2019 by Stephen Tayo. Courtesy Lagos Fashion Week

Dress to Impress! Africa Fashion at the V&A

The vibrancy, diversity and confidence of contemporary African fashion is on show at the V&A inLondon - and we get the backstory going back to the post-colonial rush of freedom!

CoBo Social, August 2022 




Inside London's new Design District - photo Taran Wilkhu, courtesy Zetteler

Design District - in London's new creative village of completely new buildings, it's hello to Variety, Colour, Human Scale and Surprise!

CoBo Social, November 2021



How Modernist Charlotte Perriand Trailblazed 20th Century Living

The Design Museum, London, reassesses a giant of design

CoBo Social July 2021



London Design Biennale 2021

From an urban forest to a field of spoons, ideas for a better world

CoBo Social June 2021




Ball.Room by KissMiklós in Gwangju Design Biennale| Photo KissMiklós

Gwangju Design Biennale 

 a report from South Korea, decipering the theme 'Humanity' 

CHAMP, October 2019



London Design Biennale 2018- my Top 10

A gallery of LBD 2018 projects, including Guatemala, subsequently the Public Medal winners! 

Abitare September 2018



Design Society Shenzhen - Views from the Top

An interview with Ole Bouman, director of Shenzhen's cool new museum/institution Design Society that's out to set China's design agenda

CoBo Social Feb 2018



California at London's Design Museum

The show's called Designing Freedom and it cruises design from an acid blotter to the sprawling metropolis- but where is California taking us in the digital age? Exhibition review.

Blueprint/ blog July/Aug 2017

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Valentina Kulagina, на оборону ссср To the Defence of the USSR, 1930, Ne boltai! Collection, and Emory Douglas, Afro-American solidarity with the oppressed People of the world, 1969 © Emory Douglas


Imagine Moscow at the Design Museum 

How the show was designed, and the heroic unbuilt Soviet architectural visions from Leonidov, Iofan and others. 

Blueprint 351/ designcurial March 2017

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Beijing Design Week 2016

Hopeful hutong interventions, hipster product hops and huge-city confusion... I report

Bueprint 349 Nov / designcurial Dec 2016




Deyan Sudjic at Design Museum. photo Luke Hayes

Understanding the World Through Design:

Interview with Deyan Dudjic

The director of London's new Design Museum offers his thoughts, on the eve of its opening

CoBo Social, Hong Kong November 2016




Tal R and his dog in Copenhagen. Photo G Hos

A Letter from Copenhagen

Denmark’s global design presence goes back to great modernist Arne Jacobsen, but who's now colouring the world’s favourite chair he designed for Fritz Hansen? I meet artist Tal R and his giant dog

Blueprint Sep/ designcurial Oct 2015



You have received a text from the Romans! Photo Herbert Wright

A Brief History of Text Life
When it comes to texting the future, the Romans beat Twitter hands-down. Inscriptions last and are now heading beyond the Solar System. And how could our social media messaging evolve?
Journal of Wild Culture November 2014


McDonald Gill

From solemn stones to mischievous maps... rediscovering a great 20th century English graphic artist

Blueprint/ designcurial September/October 2014


Piling Up the Now
What of design in a world run by artificial intelligence? HAL, Watson, servers that really are up there with the clouds...
RIBA Journal May 2014


Canopy Rafts, Meg Lowman and the rainforest

Designing platforms that float on the world's most crucial trees

Wired (UK) July 2010


Korean star designer Young Se Kim
Meeting the man with ideas beyond Korea's export-driven design formulas

Wired (UK) May 2009

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