There is no more ideology in design, says Alessandro Mendini


dezeen  26 June 2015

Design magazines today have lost their critical edge and are little more than catalogues, according to Italian designer, theorist and editor Alessandro Mendini (+ transcript).

This is because there are no longer any coherent design movements to write about, said Mendini, who edited influential Italian titles Casabella, Modo and Domus in the 1970s and 1980s.

“Now there is no more ideology,” he said. “All the world is very confused, all the world is very violent. There are too many different possibilities.”

Each of the magazines he worked on was aligned with a distinct ideology, he said, giving the titles clarity and strength.

“If I would do a magazine now, it would be impossible,” he told Dezeen. “The magazines on paper I think could now be good documents, but not in a critical way.”

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