SVA MA Design Research

SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism1 is a one-year graduate program2
devoted to the study of design, its contexts & consequences.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue research-related careers in publishing, education, museums, institutes, design practice, entrepreneurship, & more.3

  1. Formerly known as D-Crit
  2. About the program
  3. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. All successful candidates awarded a significant scholarship!
SVA MA Design Research

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Matylda Krzykowski: Co-founder of Depot Basel and guest curator at Chamber Gallery, New York – SVA MA Design Research

Matylda Krzykowski: Co-founder of Depot Basel and guest curator at Chamber Gallery, New York

Matylda Krzykowski will share insights into Depot Basel, an organization dedicated to the exhibition, research, and development of design, whose manifesto states, “We are not a fair, nor a festival. Not a museum, a showroom or a gallery. We are a temporary place for contemporary design, with the best intentions.” Since launching in 2011 in Basel, Switzerland, Depot Basel has challenged prevailing standards and protocols of design discourse, education, practice, and curation. Kryzkowski will also speak about the collection she is developing for Chamber gallery, which will be exhibited in four parts periodically from October 2016 through May 2017. Referring to the iconic 1956 artwork by Richard Hamilton, Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, the collection explores the question of what objects today are as desirable as those featured prominently in Hamilton’s work half a century ago, at the dawn of the modern consumer age.

Matylda Krzykowski is a designer and curator focusing on collaborative and performative projects. Krzykowski’s work is introspective, exploring and experimenting with the inner mechanisms of design. As such, her projects dissect the design process at different stages, from methodologies and education to network and politics. Considering design as a discipline of communication, her work explores interdisciplinary links and may address subjects ranging from choreography to reportage to TV game shows. Krzykowski attended the Jan van Eyck Academy and is a founding member and co-director of Depot Basel, a venue for contemporary design exhibitions and projects in Basel, Switzerland. Krzykowski’s upcoming show for Chamber, the Chelsea design gallery and boutique, opens on October 27. Read the preview in T Magazine