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Dirty Furniture

When design leaves the showroom

Dirty Furniture calling…

Five live weekly calls between design’s great minds

The coronavirus has turned the world as we know it on its head. What is happening is terrible, but rather than simply carry on, we’d like to treat these events as an opportunity to explore and to think.

In this spirit, we’re initiating Dirty Furniture calling…, a series of live phone calls every Tuesday, between our contributors and friends. We’ll discuss phones, love, work, distraction and life in this somewhat alien time of social distancing.

Afterall, crises are a chance to consider the world anew. Life may not be the same after this—dial in to help us think about what the new normal might be.

Anna and Elizabeth



Joseph Grima calling Jan Boelen
talking about phones, crisis, designers, roles, habits, experiments and alternatives.

Joseph Grima is creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven and director of the Museum of Italian Design at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum.
Jan Boelen is Rektor of the HfG Karlsruhe in Germany, founder of Z33 museum and head of Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven.



Natalie D Kane calling Joanne McNeil
talking about technology, distance, platforms, interfaces, alienation and intimacies.

Natalie D Kane is curator of digital design at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and co-curator of Haunted Machines.
Joanne McNeil is the writer of several books on internet culture including Lurking: How a Person Became a User (2020).



Adam Greenfield calling Shumi Bose
talking about work, personas, labour, enterprise, usefulness and collaboration.

Adam Greenfield is a London-based writer and urbanist. His most recent book is Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life (Verso, 2017).
Shumi Bose is an educator, editor and curator, most recently of the exhibition Freestyle: Architectural Adventures in Mass Media (2020) by Space Popular at the RIBA, London.



Anab Jain calling Anne Galloway
talking about resurgence, more-than-human, care, interdependence, speculation and imagination.

Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of Superflux in London and Professor of Design Investigations at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Anne Galloway is Associate Professor, and leads the More-Than-Human Lab, at the School for Design Innovation at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She serves as shepherd to a small flock of Arapawa sheep.



Andrés Jaque calling Amparo Lasén
talking about love, sex, intimacy, hookup apps and architecture.

Andrés Jaque is founder of the Office for Political Innovation, based in New York, director of the Advanced Architectural Design programme at Columbia University and chief curator of the upcoming 13th Shanghai Biennale.
Amparo Lasén is Professor of Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid and member of the research group Sociología Ordinaria. She studies digital mediations of affectivity, subjectivities and intimacies.

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