TONY CHAMBERS / WALLPAPER (UK)

Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2009

Belgrade Design Week is fantastic! It is a conference with a great international reputation.   I have heard so many friends, professionals and peers who said it was one of the best conferences in the world, and something you must do! So, I had no doubts in saying yes when Jovan asked me to do it 6 months ago. Belgrade Design Week is different, it’s a bit crazy, and the special passion and the energy is what makes it really good!

Tony has become Wallpaper’s editor in chief in March 2007. Before that, Tony has been working for Wallpaper as a creative director. Tony’s achievements at Wallpaper* include the introduction of a critically acclaimed new design direction; creating the brand identity of the ground-breaking Wallpaper* City Guides, published by Phaidon; and the design of 2006’s most collectable magazine of the year, Wallpaper’s 10th anniversary issue – a tour-de-force celebrating the most successful year in its history.

Prior to joining Wallpaper* in 2003, Tony spent six years as art director of Condé Nast’s GQ, where he twice won PPA Designer of the Year. He was previously art editor of the Sunday Times Magazine and has won a roll call of design honours. Before he embarked upon his illustrious career, Tony graduated from Central St Martin’s School of Art with a First Class Honours degree.

Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!

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