INTRODUCING THE "avant guardian" ISSUE

Introducing the Avant Guardian Issue, our 15th annual (and final) competition for up-and-coming photographers. We also meet Alex Prager, Wolfgang Tillmans, Charles Atlas, and explore the meaning of the end of Juicy Couture.

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Rick Owens


The provocative American designer Rick Owens eschews convention and lives in a world of
no shame.
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robert irwin

robert irwin

The octogenarian artist presents a solo show at Pace, his gallery of fifty years, and opens an installation in Marfa.
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Iris apfel

Long a front-row fixture at fashion shows, design doyenne Iris Apfel lands a starring role in a new documentary by the late Albert Maysles.
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michael maharam

The innovator discusses his various collecting obsessions and how he brought his bustling company to where it is now.
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Valentino unveils a new store in New York designed by David Chipperfield.
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Nathalie du pasquier

A new book featuring 1980s drawings by the Memphis Group founding member arrives amidst a revival of Postmodernist style.
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Cui jie

Painter Cui Jie creates large-scale urban scapes that are at once dreamlike and starkly real in her Beijing studio.
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christopher hawthorne

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne has become a leading voice in design over the past decade. 
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Kathy Ryan

The New York Times Magazine's photo director on her love for Instagram and her Renzo Piano–designed office building.
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nadja swarovski

Nadja Swarovski

The visionary brings a sharp eye to her family's storied crystal company, and now, a burgeoning charitable foundation.
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Rem Koolhaas

In this exclusive interview with Surface, the architect expresses his curatorial vision for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
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Yves Behar

Behar has been connecting design and technology and working toward one goal: to create beauty in both form and function. 
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The editor-in-chief of WSJ. grants a rare interview, discussing the changes that have made the magazine an advertising juggernaut.
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deyan sudjic

Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic readies the institution for its move into a first-rate new home.
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The newly appointed president of Salone del Mobile looks to the future of the fair without losing sight of the past.
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With a bold, fantastical exhibition at a museum in L.A., fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm predicts the future.
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Founded two decades ago by Nick Jones, Soho House continues its ascent as an arbiter of influence with locations all over the world.
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Wang jianwei

Artist Wang Jianwei delves into the layered dimensions of time with a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum.
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caroline baumann

Cooper Hewitt director Caroline Baumann prepares to unveil the design museum’s newly renovated and expanded building.
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Donovan Wylie

Donovan Wylie

Magnum photographer Donovan Wylie completes a trilogy of books that explore the architecture behind government surveillance.
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Frederic Malle

The perfumer gives architect Steven Holl carte blanche to design his new shop in New York's Greenwich Village.
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Renzo Piano

At his firm’s New York City outpost, the legendary Italian architect discusses why his buildings are sort of like kids.
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Rosso may run a massive industrial conglomerate, but he’s also a small-business booster who believes in quality over quantity.
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Annabelle Selldorf

The first thing one notices is the voice. Finely modulated, with a faint, unplaceable accent. 
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john pawson

With several major projects in the works, John Pawson reaches new heights in things plain and simple.
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michele de lucchi

Michele De Lucchi curates an exhibition exploring the benefits of movement in modern-day offices.
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Now a great-grandmother and at the helm of Missoni Home for more than a decade, Rosita Missoni has no plans to stop anytime soon.
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tadao ando

Boxer-turned-architect Tadao Ando creates buildings full of spirit and soul through monumental gestures.
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michael chow

Michael Chow returns to art after a five-decade hiatus and brings his work to mainland China for the first time.
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elizabeth diller

Braving criticism and controversy, architect Elizabeth Diller and her firm move forward with a bold and complex MoMA expansion.
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mario testino

For a new museum show, photographer Mario Testino delves into the traditional and festive dress of his native country.
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Frida Giannini

Gucci's creative director Frida Giannini on how to grow a business in a smart way, and why philanthropy is so important.
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Kris Van Assche

For the creative director of Dior Homme, gradual change makes the greatest impact—in menswear and in life.
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Aby Rosen

The real estate magnate and contemporary art collector discusses a new Norman Foster project and why taste is a huge business asset.
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Paola Navone

The legendary Italian designer and architect discusses her peripatetic lifestyle and range of international projects. 
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Brad Cloepfil

The buildings of Brad Cloepfil provide a refreshing counter-point to today’s world of flashy designs. 
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Peter Marino

Peter Marino is happy to admit he doesn’t know a thing about marketing research. Nor does he want to. 
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