Issue 138
April 2011

The April issue of frieze asks, what can design accomplish right now? In a roundtable on the largely unresolved relationship between design and social responsibility, frieze‘s design editor Eugenia Bell talks to six designers and critics about the politics and pitfalls of designing with a sense of cultural, ecological or economic responsibility. 

Emily King traces the intertwined legacies of two legendary Milanese magazines, Domus and Abitare; and Nick Sowers outlines the challenge posed by the preservation of former battlefields and fortresses.

Plus, special artist projects from Barbara Bloom and Nick Relph.

From this issue

Q. What’s your favourite ritual? A. Morning cups of tea.

M.C. Escher and the enduring influence of Roger Penrose

Newly published translations of the work of two overlooked design prophets

The histories of two legendary Milanese magazines, Domus and Abitare, are intertwined with the extraordinary generation of Italian designers who burst onto the scene 50 years ago

21-hour days, eight-day weeks; ‘aesthetics acts’ and Polaroids

Equilibrium and tension; nature and vegetables

Since the 1970s Barbara Bloom has used photography, installation, film and books as a means of looking at issues of collecting, museology, design, taste and our investment in the objects with which we surround ourselves. In this project for frieze, created together with writer Susan Tallman, Bloom – who is referred to throughout as ‘BB’ – presents selections from her 2008 installation and book The Collections of Barbara Bloom, a work about ‘the way things carry ideas’

BY Susan Tallman |

For his final column for frieze, Robert Storr reflects on what it takes to be an art writer

What we talk about when we talk about design

A roundtable discussion between six designers and critics, led by Eugenia Bell, debating the largely unresolved relationship between design and social responsibility – one that is constrained by politics and fraught with pitfalls

At Succession, Vienna, the artist presents a series of works that capture the US government’s satellites, reconnaissance jets and spacecraft 

BY Helen Chang |

The artist's new exhibition at Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, works like an organizational diagram of interconnecting caves

BY Max Andrews |

Urban agriculture, post-industrial food and the legacy of the artist-led initiatives of 1970s downtown New York

In an ongoing series, frieze asks an artist, curator or writer to list the books that have influenced them

A roundup of recent design publications, from the history of a pioneering design shop to the fashioning of the first space suit

How car advertising borrows from contemporary art

BY Christopher Bedford |

Taikang Space, Beijing, China

BY Carol Yinghua Lu |

The highs and lows of mass housing in the UK

The often fraught relationship between art and design