Designers of Björk’s Cornucopia show “ignored the concert rule book”

Icelandic singer Björk worked with creatives from the theatre world who tore up the rule book to create a “delicate” set for her Cornucopia tour. Björk has been touring her Cornucopia show in North America and Europe since May this year. It kicked off at The Shed in New York designed by Diller Scofidio + […]

Rihanna’s lingerie show set design is an architectural “mash up”

Canadian designer Willo Perron created a a “mash up” of architectural iconography for the set design of Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show at New York Fashion Week. Singer-turned-businesswoman Rihanna presented her fashion show as an hour-long music and dance performance on a stage filled with exaggerated architectural elements. As creative director, Perron took his cues […]

Buildings in LA are torn down and rebuilt as fast as movie sets, says Tarantino’s production designer

Major high-rise developments are razing the architectural past of Los Angeles at a rapid rate, says the production designer behind the 1960s sets of Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Production designer Barbara Ling said that creating the sets for the summer blockbuster highlighted the fast pace of development in the city. “Los […]

Block9 reveals “monster” IICON stage at Glastonbury 2019

Block9 co-founders Gideon Berger and Steven Gallagher explain how they built the monolithic IICON stage at Glastonbury in this exclusive video shot by Dezeen at the famous music festival. IICON is a vast sculptural stage and outdoor dance arena by London creative partnership Block9, which debuted at Glastonbury festival in Somerset, UK, last weekend. The […]

Stormzy “took south London to the farm” for Glastonbury set

The creative directors behind Stormzy‘s headline Glastonbury set honoured the British rapper’s south London roots with visual nods to Croydon’s Brutalist architecture. Creative producers Tawbox worked with the grime artist to create the set for his performance last Friday on the pyramid stage of Glastonbury 2019. Speaking to Dezeen, Tawbox creatives Chris “Bronski” Jablonski and […]

AMO creates blue-lit runway in Shanghai’s Silo Hall for Prada menswear show

A huge converted grain silo in Shanghai was the setting for Prada‘s 2020 Spring Summer menswear show, designed by AMO as a hall of futuristic neon lights. The show took place on 6 June at Silo Hall, Asia’s largest silo building. A powerful reminder of Shanghai’s industrial heritage, the building provided an appropriate backdrop for Prada’s […]

Mobile phones at gigs impacted design of rapper Dave’s recent live show

The set and lighting designers behind UK rapper Dave’s Psychodrama tour took the lights on the audience’s phones into account when creating the show. Award-winning lighting designer Tim Routledge and creative studio Tawbox, made up of Chris Jablonski and Amber Rimell, worked with the London artist on his UK tour, which closed at the O2 Academy […]

Take That’s Greatest Hits tour features a 40-tonne digital sphere

A rotating 10-metre sphere is the centrepiece of the set for British pop group Take That’s current world tour, which was designed by Ray Winkler of Stufish. Winkler – who has previously worked with acts including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2 and Beyoncé – designed a 40-tonne 3D sphere with a cut-out section, covered in 2,800 […]

Game of Thrones season eight “made me sick to my stomach” says production designer

Creating the sets for the final season of fantasy epic Game of Thrones was a “logistical nightmare”, says production designer Deborah Riley. “It was as intense as you can imagine,” explained Riley, who worked alongside directors David Benioff and DB Weiss. “I don’t want anyone to think this is television by any normal standard. It occupied my every brain […]

Stanley Kubrick showed “what the future might look like” says Deyan Sudjic

Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic has paid tribute to Stanley Kubrick, as an exhibition exploring the life and work of the legendary film director opens at the museum today. Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition showcases over 500 objects, including production documents, props, set designs and storyboards from the American director’s “genre-defining” films, such as The Shining, Barry Lyndon, 2001: […]

David Rockwell inserts huge plywood box into The Shed for inaugural concert

David Rockwell has created “a rough and ready kit of parts” for the set of the first concert at New York cultural venue The Shed. The New York architect, who designed The Shed with firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, was enlisted to create the stage for a five-day music concert held at the venue. It opened 5 […]

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