This issue’s focus theme “Weather” may seem far removed from all the usual concerns of design and designers. But it is our stated aim to take just such an approach to the essence of twenty-first century’s design. This doesn’t mean that everything is design or that everyone is a designer but – and this is the key difference – that designers, at least as much as doctors, lawyers, and consultants, are capable of counteracting a lack of (social) practice in all areas. Consequently, design expertise flows into the observation and forecasting of the weather, the design of atmospheres, and the creation of weatherproof clothing. And in the case of climate engineering, design offers an important critical voice.
Controversy may even be at the heart of design, but it certainly stimulates discourse. In this sense, the above statement by Doshi Levien even has its good side. One designer who remains controversial to this day is Luigi Colani. Although he turns 90 this August, he is not thinking of stopping anytime soon, as he assured us when we spoke to him. In this context, we would like to thank Bangert Verlag for kindly providing us with historical images and granting permission to reproduce them here.
And finally: after this issue, our editorial designer Sarah Schmitt is taking maternity leave. We wish her all the best for this new phase of her life and look forward
to welcoming her back soon.
Stephan Ott, Editor-in-Chief