We close the decade with this issue dedicated to fantasy. Featuring: 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 Leathery Hills;” an extraterrestrial take on the Vasarely Museum 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
DONG-PING WONG (FOOD)
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
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.