Irreverent at Romanian Design Week 2016

The video, ‘Irreverent’, was commissioned by MOFT studio and was destined to serve as a qasi-erotic visual explanation of the design line that the studio exhibited at this year’s Romanian Design Week.

At the foundation of the video lies a series of interactions between person and object. The feature that distinguishes this cup from all of the rest is its very obvious anticipated-spillage hole. A design element that pretends to render the cup unpractical with the goal of forcing its users to rethink their interaction with everyday objects.

This year’s edition of RDW felt better organised compared to previous editions. The central exhibition took place in a redeveloped farmer’s market in the center of Bucharest that had never been re-opened presumably due to bureaucracy and corruption. By taking this building and giving it back to the city it, if even for a brief period of time, the event creators managed to simulate the idea of a bustling, living city in this otherwise neglected corner of Bucharest.

Many of the exhibitors had participated in previous editions and this did make you question whether the curators chose them because they had something new and relevant to say or simply because the creative pool is (understandably) low.


A general view of the ground floor of the exhibition in Piata Amzei with the ‘Irreverent’ project seen in the right. photo by Roald Aron

Meeting a Romanian Holocaust Survivor

Article by Stephen McGrath, published on the International Business Times

In light of the Romanian parliament passing a law for the restitution of properties that were stolen from the Jewish population during the Second World War, my friend and independent journalist Stephen McGrath asked me to accompany him in meeting Romanian Holocaust survivor Liviu Beriș at the Coral Temple.

Close to half a million Romanian born Jewish people were killed during WW2 with the help of the Romanian state. Growing up in the early days of post-communist Romania meant that I did not get any of this information from public schools. Meeting mr. Beriș, hearing parts of his indescribable recollections first-hand made me feel betrayed by my country for trying to cover up this page in our history.

26 years after the fall of communism, there is still very little being said about Romania’s part in the Holocaust.

In the 1930’s, close to 750,000 Jews lived in Romania. The latest census of 2011 concluded that the number is now 3,271.