Julien de Smedt, T42 Tea Set, 2014. Bone china, 17 × 11 × 10 cm (6.7 × 4.33 × 3.9 inches). Courtesy Makers with Agendas
Makers With Agendas (MWA), cofounded and directed by architect Julien De Smedt and William Ravn with Wouter Dons, is a new design platform with the mission to remove design from aesthetic concerns and towards societal issues. “At Makers with Agendas we’re trying to work with themes and problems rather than just entertain ourselves with a cool design,” says De Smedt. “The culture of making is linked to the culture of curiosity. This bizarre alchemy links curiosity to productivity.” The idea and concept behind MWA emerged out of working together at JDS Architects, De Smedt’s architecture firm based in Brussels, Copenhagen, Shanghai, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil. MWA launched this fall at Maison Objet in Paris, Design September in Brussels, and will be launched exclusively in the United States at the New Museum. For more information visit mwa.eu.
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MWA will also reimagine the New Museum Store’s space with a new display unit to showcase the Store’s unique collection of gifts and artist editions.