By Design Season Two films live


By Design, the sell out talk series created by Sir John Soane Museum in partnership with Luke Irwin, returns for its second season.  The series in which leading designers discuss an object that has inspired them in some way, and through it discuss and dissect their own design practice returns as a collection of filmed conversations.  

Will Gompertz,  Artistic Director at the Barbican, and Alice Rawsthorn, award-winning design writer and critic, will co-host the series exploring how design has impacted the lives of five internationally-renowned designers, framed around one item which has informed their careers 

The series goes live with international fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu on 14 June, followed by interior designer Ilse Crawford on 28 June, fine artist Phyllida Barlow on 12 July, and award winning architect Amanda Levete on 26 July. 

Keep an eye on our social channels as we will post a link to each new film.

Fashion Designer Erdem Moralıoğlu in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn    

ERDEM is an independent house of bold fashion for women, based in London.  Founded in 2005 by designer Erdem Moralioglu, the brand has forged its own path within the industry. Poetic and rigorous, ageless and timeless, powerful and versatile,  Erdem’s world is an intriguing interplay of strength and beauty. 

(42 mins)


Interior Designer Ilse Crawford in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn

Ilse Crawford is a designer, academic and creative director with a simple mission to put human needs and desires at the centre of all that she does. This means creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them. It means restoring the human balance in brands and businesses that have lost their way. 

(37 mins)


Fine Artist Phyllida Barlow in conversation with Will Gompertz   

For more than 50 years, British artist Phyllida Barlow has taken inspiration from her surroundings to create imposing installations that can be at once menacing and playful. She creates anti-monumental sculptures from inexpensive, low-grade materials such as cardboard, fabric, plywood, polystyrene, scrim and cement. These constructions are often painted in industrial or vibrant colors, the seams of their construction left at times visible, revealing the means of their making.

 (42 mins)


Award wining architect in conversation with Will Gompertz

Amanda Levete CBE is a Stirling Prize winning architect and founder and principal of AL_A, an international award-winning design and architecture studio. Recently completed projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter (2017) in London; MAAT (2016) a Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, commissioned by EDP; Central Embassy (2017), a 1.5 million sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok; a media campus and headquarters building for Sky (2016) in London. Ongoing commissions include the transformation of the flagship Galleries Lafayette Haussmann department store in Paris; a new centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s in Southampton; two new buildings for Wadham College at the University of Oxford; the renovation and expansion of Paisley Museum in Scotland; and the Monte St Angelo subway station in Naples.

(51 mins)



Season Two film release dates 


A new filmed conversation will go live every two weeks. 


14th June - Fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu

28th June - Interior designer Ilse Crawford  

12th July - Fine artist Phyllida Barlow  

 26th July - Award winning architect Amanda Levete



Image credits - Erdem Moralioglu photographed by Tom Mannion, Ilse Crawford photographed by Marsy Hild Thorsdottir, Phyllida Barlow photographed by Ruth Clark, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth and Amanda Levete photographed by Matt Hollyoak.

Listen to the podcasts from Season One 

 Listen to the 6 podcasts from the first season of By Design online. 


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