Fredrikson Stallard: Works



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Deyan Sudjic


Designers often tend to deny the influence of changing tastes on their work. William Morris’s “joy in labour,” or the Bauhaus principle of “truth to materials,” are well- known principles of this kind; Charles Eames once advised, “innovate as a last resort – more horrors are done in the name of innovation than any other.” But of course, Charles and Ray Eames are celebrated as among the greatest design innovators of all time, and Arts and Crafts and Bauhaus knockoffs can be found in any home furnishings store.

In practice, modern design has been constantly subsumed within the imperative toward the new, on the assumption that the market will quickly burn through even the best ideas. The question is how to achieve objects of inherent value against this backdrop – to accept the fact that design operates (for all practical purposes) oriented to an insatiable market, yet one that can, on occasion, produce ideas of transcendent grace. Here is where Fredrikson Stallard come in. Look at any of their work, and you will immediately notice a certain quality of speed. At their best, Fredrikson Stallard’s objects are brilliant in just the same way that a great pop song is. There’s depth of feeling and thinking, but also a killer hook.

Fredrikson Stallard make no claims on the modernist high ground, in which objects are conceived as optimal, efficient solutions, end points of rigorous analysis. They are intuitive makers, and happy to accept the conditions of constant flux – that they are only as relevant as their last idea. They see that the values of their discipline are contingent, not timeless.

Additional information

Weight 2482 g
Dimensions 25.2 x 32 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 1 September 2019
Number of pages 352
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.2 x 32 cm
Weight 2482 g


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Deyan Sudjic, British writer and curator, is the director of the Design Museum, London. Glenn Adamson, writer and historian, is a senior scholar at Yale University and an independent curator in the design field. He formerly served as curator and researcher at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Richard Dyer, British writer, art critic and poet is Editor in Chief of the journal Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture. Widely published his critical writings have appeared in many publications and catalogues including Third Text, Contemporary, Frieze, Flash Art, Art Review, Art Press, The Independent, The Guardian. Caroline Roux, journalist, has written about art, design and architecture for many publications including, Wallpaper*, The Financial Times, Vanity Fair and W magazine.