Hall of Femmes

Hall of Femmes


This is a podcast series produced by Hall of Femmes to highlight some of the most influential designers of our time. New episode out every friday.


Hall of Femmes #7: Nathalie du Pasquier  

»It was a way of life, of transferring into the world of the western home the culture of rock music, travel and a certain excess«. As a member of the influential Memphis Group, Nathalie Du Pasquier broke new ground in the design world of the 1980s. Through her unruly aesthetic and iconic designs she challenged good taste and the idea that design’s main purpose was to be functional, or in Nathalie’s own words »Form didn’t have to follow function, a telephone could have the shape of a banana.« Today, Nathalie Du Pasquier is mainly active as an artist, but she’s also currently creating work for Wrong for Hay and American Apparel.

Hall of Femmes #6: Cindy Gallop  

»Redesigning The Business of Advertising.« Want to know how you can own the future of advertising? Cindy Gallop, former chairman BBH New York and founder & CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld & MakeLoveNotPorn shares her highly subjective, provocative and challenging perspectives on how to redesign the business to fit you, not the other way round; the business model of the future; how big data translates into big opportunity; why the future is not about advertising units, but advertising products; and why the new creativity is female-informed. Cindy Gallop has been described as a renaissance woman: marketing genius, entrepreneur, business consultant and an ardent feminist. She is well known as an inspiring speaker within advertising, marketing and trend analysis, dealing with topics like social responsibility in successful business practice, the future of advertising, and daring projects with the aim to change the world. Cindy Gallop started a successful advertising career during the 80′s at Bartle Bogle Hegarty in London, where she ran large global accounts such as Coca-Cola, Ray-Ban and Polaroid. In 1996 she was part of starting up and running BBH Asia-Pacific in Singapore, and in 1998 she moved to New York to start up the first american BBH office in New York. In 2005 she resigned as Chairman of BBH New York in order to do something different, and is now working as a consultant, coach and entrepreneur within branding, marketing and business strategy. Cindy Gallop made one of 2009′s most reputed TED-talks when she launched her project MakeLoveNotPorn, a web based community devoted to real-life sex, as opposite to the myths created by porn. The mission is to socialize sex and make it as easy to share online as any other activity. »It’s not porn, it’s sexual networking.« she says. She then presented IfWeRanTheWorld in 2010 as the marketing and business platform of the future, with the aim to turn human and corporate good intentions into collective action, one microaction at a time. In 2003 Cindy Gallop became Advertising Woman of the Year.

Hall of Femmes #5: Lucy McRae  

»As a Body Architect I’ve created a limitless and boundless platform for me to discover whatever I want.« Lucy McRae is an Australian artist blurring the lines between fashion, technology and the body. As the world’s first and only »Body Architect« (a title she made up for herself during a job interview) she invents and builds structures on the skin that re-shape the human silhouette. Her provocative and often grotesquely beautiful creations suggests a new breed; a future human archetype existing in an alternate world. Trained as a classical ballerina and architect her work inherently fascinates with the human body. In one of her recent projects she collaborated with a synthetic biologist to create a swallowable perfume, and the fragrance molecules are then excreted through the skins surface during perspiration. Whether it’s high-end fashion shoots, album covers, music videos for the likes of Robyn or collaborations with huge names like Nick Knight, she creates extraordinary images that are powerful, primal and uniquely Lucy McRae.

Hall of Femmes #4: Penny Martin  

»I want the The Gentlewoman to be a bit like a club for amazing women – the women that are in it, and the women that read it.« Penny Martin is the brilliant Editor in Chief of the biannual magazine The Gentlewoman. When asked to describe her vision for the magazine she says »we wanted it to be an intelligent magazine for women with really high quality, and by intelligent I mean treating and representing women respectfully.« Penny Martin came from the worlds of curation and academia before she diverted to fashion. Previously she was chair of Fashion Imagery at London College of Fashion and Editor in Chief of photographer Nick Knight’s fashion web site the SHOWStudio.com. She is a contributor to numerous magazines such as Fantastic Man (The Gentlewoman’s brother publication), W and The Independent.

Hall of Femmes #3: Massimo Vignelli  

This is a podcast about the italian designer Lella Vignelli. Interviewed is her now late design partner and husband Massimo. »If you can design one thing, you can design everything.« The Italian architect and designer Lella Vignelli has turned her hand to every kind of project, from furniture, interiors, showrooms and exhibitions to product design, silverware and clothing. In the beginning of the 1960s she established the Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture in Milan together with her husband Massimo Vignelli. In the end of the decade the pair settled in New York and launched one of the world’s biggest design firms at the time, Unimark International. Lella Vignelli received AIGA’s Gold Medal in 1983.

Hall of Femmes #2: Janet Froelich  

Janet Froelich, is creative director at Real Simple, a magazine with two million subscribers. Before this she was the art director and creative director at The New York Times Magazine for over two decades. The New York Times Magazine is one of the world’s most beautifully designed newspaper publications and, with its supplements, one of the most awarded magazines of our time. Or like her friend Steven Heller puts it: »In short, she’s the art director’s art director – and that is visible to anyone with eyes to see.«

Hall of Femmes #1: Ruth Ansel  

Hall of Femmes highlights outstanding women within design. In episode #1, Ika Johanesson interviews Ruth Ansel, legendary art director and designer. Ansel has been the art director of Harper’s Bazaar (1960s), The New York Times Magazine (1970s) and Vanity Fair (1980s). Each time she was the first woman to hold that position. In the early 1990s, she formed her own design studio. She designed such notable books as The Sixties by Richard Avedon, Women and The White Oak Dance Project by Annie Leibovitz, and a master monograph for Taschen by Peter Beard. She continued to work closely with Richard Avedon and designed several significant portfolios of his work for The New Yorker. Her studio has also designed ad campaigns for such brands as Versace, Club Monaco, and Karl Lagerfeld. Ruth has received the Gold Medal for Design — the Art Directors Club’s most prestigious award — and the Society of Publication Design Award for Continuing Excellence in Publication Design.

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