Imagine Moscow – Design Museum London


The Iron Cloud, one of the imagined buildings of the Soviet Union

Soviet Union architecture and design on great scale. A year ago I saw a wonderful collection of product and graphic designs from the SU in Rotterdam. Back than I was mesmerized by the simplicity of the design and the high emphasis on functionality. So when a colleague told me about this exhibition I was immediately interested.

This exhibition shows another dimension of great design: showing greatne
ss together. Until this exhibition I didn’t think about how the government used architecture and design to show how great the Soviet Union could be. This totalitarian push to be innovative and show the world what the possibilities are is credit for the leaders of that time. Nowadays we don’t particularly see that design can show the innovation in the name of a nation. We innovate mostly in name of ourself. Which is a pity, or moreover, a missed opportunity. Open design, open innovation or shared innovation is a future I would like to embrace. Together we can, we can work on wicked problems, we can address issues that are urging and we can find solutions that fit most people in society. The Soviet Union was a wonderful experiment in many ways, it has failed, but I learned last Sunday that it also brought people together and created opportunities for philosophers, architects, artists and filmmakers to imagine how great that nation could be. For innovation, innovative systems we ought to look forwards, but also backwards to learn from what is there. Could the Soviet Union be an example of open innovation?


Give and Receive

I can give you incredible curiosity that leads to exploring what you are about, I connect dots that appear and show a network of opportunities. With enthusiasm and Dutch straightforwardness I like taking challenges in all types of profit markets. What I’d like to get is the opportunity to use these strengths in Southern Africa, as I see a growing population that is losing their heritage instead of letting their heritage grow into great heights. 

100% Open, Roland Harwood, sharing means growth, let me ask you the same way he did: What can you give, and what would you like to get?

Burberry and Henry Moore

Burberry and Henry Moore at Maker Space, London. The reinterpretation of the original, English, Cape. Inspired by Henry Moore, a sculpture maker. Burberry got inspired by Moore and traditional English crafts to create a magical collection of capes. A smart combination. One that made fashion and seduction of the Henry Moore’s sculptures and the collection became art. 

Chrystel Lebas with Edward James Salisbury

Inspiration found in Huis Marseille, a photography museum in Amsterdam. My favorite museum because they are always able to mesmerize, surprise or inspire me with their exhibitions. This time I found a collaboration between photographer Chrystel Lebas and biologist Edward James Salisbury. In the thirties Salisbury had photographed parts of Schotland and England with a special focus on the botanics and the horizon. 2000 of his pictures on glass plates were rediscovered in British museums and a search began to understand where and what was captured. Lebas is a photographer with a special interest in nature and wide pictures. She stepped into the footsteps of the researcher and with 80 years apart she captured the same scenes as Salisbury had once photographed. 

Salisbury, from box 1250-1258, Arrochar 1928, Loch Long from Glen Loin

Lebas, Plate no. 1255, Arrochar 2013, Re-visiting Loch Long from Glen Loin

The collaboration shows documentation, fascination and professionalism. A joy to watch because of the amazing pictures with depth, colours and details that embrace you. I particularly liked this exhibition because it is a 1:1 collaboration between science and art both to inform us and to let us look better. 

Jackson Pollock together with de Kooning, Kline, Rothko and Newman in the Royal Art Academy. An exhibition of the masters of abstract expressionism. I wonder when such a strong movement is standing up again. The paintings are magnificent in real sizes. For the first time I walked through an exhibition with an audio tour. And because making pictures was prohibited I could engage really well with what I saw and heard.

KesselsKramer is always a good reminder of design that is not serious. I refreshed my memory with his talk at the Design Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa from March 2016. A few lessons learned: make a fool of yourself, use what is there instead of making things up, don’t take it all to seriously and reframe situations. This pictures is just an example of the things he has made. 

The emotion he provokes the most is a laugh, out loud, or a face of disgust. Visible emotions are longer lasting memories than an ‘aha’. The world of today shows that we want an experience instead of a message, KesselsKramer does not give you an experience but an emotion, isn’t that the core of an experience?