In the thick of 1980s political dissent, Creative Salvage welded art, furniture, hip-hop and junk metal to change the course of design. Spearheaded by the likes of Tom Dixon and Ron Arad and inspired by a broad mash-up of influences, the anarchic design of Creative Salvage has now become (almost) establishment.
About time then for a retrospective look courtesy of Gareth Williams and Nick Wright. Independently published and beautifully designed by Edward Vince, Cut & Shut: The History of Creative Salvage, charts the fascinating development of the movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s and features interviews with many of today’s leading British designers. Given that so much of the furniture was, by nature of it being made from salvaged debris, one-off, the collection in Cut & Shut of so many unseen images makes it a must-see for design aficionados.
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs