Adorno Editorial: Profiles

Featuring curators and designers featured on Adorno. Exploring and contextualizing the best contemporary design. Bringing the best of the local to the global stage.

Faissal El-Malak:
Intersections of Textile & Clay

“Conceptually, these pieces represent the notion of colourful, traditional craft acting as the very pillar that shapes the space and buttresses it to be a functional vessel. Together, these elements form a symbiotic balance between aesthetics and functionality.” – Faissal El-Malak View Faissal El-Malak’s works, including the “Spool“ Vase. The Palestinian design scene can be…

Ragna Ragnarsdóttir:
An Exploration of Material, Technique, & Tradition

“Through many errors, failures and a messy library of material testing, I sometimes find something new and exciting in-between my mess. I have to trust a lot in my embodied and subconscious knowledge and let activity and acquaintance drive me.” – Ragna Ragnarsdóttir View Ragna Ragnarsdóttir’s works, including “Coral Vase“. With connections to the country’s…

The Lél Collection:
Cultural Preservation & Personal Healing through Craft

“[We] see our work both as an act of the preservation of an ancient cultural tradition as well as a healing mechanism, a way to sustain belief in that which is older than (and transcends) the devastation wreaked by the region’s sustained conflict, war, and migration.” – Meherunnisa Asad, Creative Director of Lél Collection View…

Piedrafuego:
Maintaining Authenticity through Continuity

“It is our duty, both for designers and artisans, to push craftsmanship to new horizons in order to keep it a tradition and not a mise-en-scène of archaic manufacturing processes…” – Aldo Alvarez-Tostado of Piedrafuego View Piedrafuego’s works, including the “‘Tzom’ Planters” As mentioned in our interview with Ayres MX, Mexico’s design scene has fostered…

Gaspard Graulich at Crossovers:
Exploring Design’s Cultural Landscapes

“I don’t want to express my feelings; I want my objects to make people feel their own”  – Gaspard Graulich   “Prélèvement” N.8 & N.1. All images courtesy of the artist.  View Gaspard Graulich’s works, Prélèvement, in the French Collection for Crossovers.  Many of the writings and conversations here on Adorno Editorial are centered around…