PIN–UP 27 FALL WINTER 2019/20, THE FANTASY ISSUE: Nightlife! Aliens! Couches!
PIN–UP 27, Fall Winter 2019/20
In the sunset of the ancient regime, leading up to the 1789 French Revolution, Jean-Jacques Lequeu conjured all manner of fantastical buildings, like a barn resembling a sacred cow or a giant mausoleum bristling like a sea urchin. As a lowly draftsman and with few connections to speak of, Lequeu stood little chance of ever seeing his architectural visions realized. But it says a lot about the state of uncertainty and anything-goes spirit of the time that he thought he had a shot. There’s something about the end of a decade and how it subconsciously punctuates the Gregorian calendar — the stock market crash in 1929, the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 — that ushers in dramatic events and new beginnings. In 2019, a similar feeling of uncertainty reigns, leaving many in a state of outraged mental instability, online and off. As a result many turn inward, to living their own “truth” and escaping into alternate digital realities where fantasy lives and identities find their own audiences. The paradox of architecture, and to some extent design, is that it’s a perennial hotbed for fantasy-making, but confined by practicality and building standards, notoriously slow to make them physical reality. Indeed the best places to live out fantasies are often appropriated, rather than designed, especially when it comes to the seeking of pleasure (Think sex. Or dancing.) To close out the decade we dedicate this issue of PIN–UP to the collective and creative fantasies of multiple generations of architects, artists, and designers. From formal fantasies of the past to more hopeful and inclusive visions of the future, from IRL to URL and UFOs, our fantasy issue celebrates the free-for-all, devil-may-care spirit of invention and imagination. Only time will tell their eventual effect on our reality. Some dreams come true.
This issue is dedicated to the spirit of fantasy with Guggenheim curator Troy Conrad Therrien on UFOs, mushrooms, and transcendent architecture; a fairyland design editorial shot by Asger Carlsen and styled by Avena Gallagher; a 3D-rendered spiral by Shawn Maximo titled “The Real Couchwives of Leatherly Hills;” an extraterrestrial take on the Fondation Vasarely from Philippe Jarrigeon; a special panorama section devoted to Raf Simons, WilliWear, and Issey Miyake (with a rare interview); essays on the architecture of New York nightlife and the breakthrough Cruising Pavilion exhibitions; and much more!
Also in the issue:
This Mexican Modernist maestro reflects on an almost 70-year career, spanning sci-fi monoliths and studies of pre-Columbian form. A meditation on dualities, symbolism, and the joys of sitting in traffic.
Interview by Suleman Anaya
Portraits by Dorian Ulises and López Macías
Starting a new chapter with his own firm Food, the non-conforming New York architect talks about bringing people together around more than just the proverbial table.
Interview by Angela Dimayuga
Portraits by Rafik Greiss
Equipped with a dry wit and an informal ease with dicey subjects, this New York-based multi-media artist explores the aspirational fantasies of domestic life — and the much ignored power dynamics that drive them.
Interview by Jeremy O. Harris
Portraits by WangShui
One half of architectural practice Common Accounts, this Canadian conceptualist discusses digital funeral rites, fitness transformations, and humanity’s biggest design project: ourselves.
Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Portraits by Rémi Lamandé
AND: Paul Kopkau’s eerie critique of consumerism through a giant Nokia cell phone silhouette; daydream-worthy hotels that test the bounds of domesticity; Zheng Mahler’s digital exploration of cyberpunk and utopian anthropology; Black Quantum Futurism and the reframing of time; sculptural retaliation against the manspreading phenomenon by Anna Aagaard Jensen; anthropomorphic sconces; Kayode Ojo’s object-driven storytelling; a riddle contained in a ceremonial tracing board; Living Divani’s CEO on her favorite pieces from the company; the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts; an enormous ear-like speaker from artist Sam Stewart; Formafantasma’s conceptual play with volcanic materials; a visual feast of a book documenting Pyongyang’s architectural culture; Jimmy Robert’s thoughts on performance, collaboration, and appropriation; Al Qöyawayma’s homage to his Hopi roots through sculptural ceramic vessels; a bouquet of a light fixture made up of discarded blown glass baubles; a Berlin courtyard’s pool makeover; a lake house near Paris in need of a new owner; and the wonderful world of fictional urbanity.
Cover photography by Philippe Jarrigeon.
Animation and film by Jason Harvey for PIN–UP.
Sound design by Donnatella.
Editing by Whitney Mallett.