Design by Distance showcases how designers from around the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through the development of objects, garments, accessories, and space planning. Curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2-curatorsquared, Design by Distance highlights designers who are proposing new forms. These proposals, some meant for production, others speculative, offer commentary on the range of needs and emotions elicited by facing a pandemic. Humor and satire, albeit of a gallows sort, results in masks, emoji sets, and mechanisms for maintaining social distance, a term that has become part of a collective cultural zeitgeist nearly overnight.
Caret Studio, Italy; Chih Chiu, China; Andrea Ayala Closa, Spain; Paul Cocksedge, United Kingdom; Sun Dayong, China; Joe Doucet X Partners, United States/United Kingdom; Libero Rutilo and Ekaterina Shchetina, designlibero, Italy; Dutch Invertuals, Netherlands; Ying Gao, Canada/Switzerland; Christophe Gernigon, France; Ýr Jóhannsdóttir, Iceland; Livable/ Sep Verboom, Belgium; Umberto Menasci, Italy; multiply design, Hong Kong; Nendo, Chief Designer Oki Sato, Japan/Italy; Lucy+Jorge Orta, France; Plastique Fantastique, Germany; Max Siedentopf, Germany/Namibia/United Kingdom; Studio b Severin, Germany; Veronica Toppino, Italy/UK; &Walsh, United States; Kiran Zhu, China
Above Image: Sep Verboom, Livable Platform, 2020. Photography by Karen Eloot & Pieter Vanoverberghe.