Issue 5 —

Offering its usual mix of intelligent, serious – though highly accessible- editorial and sumptuous imagery, this issue of Plot sees it turning its attention to the tradition of the fairytale. Exactly as one might expect from the title, this is hardly restricted to the frothy candyfloss variety of the genre alone. It gives equal weight to how scenographers, production designers and creators of unique experiential spaces have drawn on the darker more grisly aspect of such stories designed to enchant and terrify children.

Inevitably Tim Burton gets some coverage, in the form of images from the exhibition of his work at MoMA, New York. Other attention grabbers in this issue include the UXUS’ design for an Alice in Wonderland showroom space for the home collection of international brand H&M in Stockholm, the first physical space for the homeware collection to be available offline. Klaus-Peter Platten’s article on how, literally, a sense of horror and the uncanny is created in film through its constituent design elements is likely to please film fans. Meanwhile over at one of Berlin’s famous revue theatres, we are offered an insight into how costumes, lighting and set design all played their parts in a spectacular production for children of The Snow Queen. At the Friedrichstadtpalast, the original frosty-hearted bitch was never in brighter or more colourful surrounds.

    Issue 5 –
    April 2010 100 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Hairy Scary and Pale Snow Queen Qui Je Suis The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus Home Reflections Les Troyens The White Ribbon Interview with Christoph Kanter Grey Area Alice-De-Trip Simsalagrimm The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
    Editor In Chief –
    Janina Poesch
    Art Director –
    Frank Von Grafenstein and Kleon Medugorac
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Our Take —

Plot is a specialist design magazine that devotes its attention to production design, exhibition and set design with specialist product design and interior architecture thrown in. In other words, it devotes its knowledgeable attention to all of those designed things and spaces that fill our contemporary life, sometimes barely registering on a conscious level; interesting shop interiors or the mise-en-scène of films and television programmes. At other times, many such experiences –or more notably those of opera, exhibitions or show-off consumer display- are almost intrinsically spectacular and immediately noticeable. It’s not a singular approach to these design disciplines that defines whether something makes it into Plot or not, but its quality.

In the tradition of a specialist journal, though here with a distinctly magazine feel, Plot – published in English and German- has come to be known as one of the most interesting publications dealing with these particular disciplines that have, perhaps, been somewhat overshadowed by other forms of design and architecture. What’s particularly interesting about Plot is that its approach, though dealing with a fairly specialist area of design, is actually immediately interesting and accessible to a broad design-interested audience.

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