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ARCHIGRAM: DESIGN ON THE FUTURE

Fashion folks like Tom Ford and Muccia Prada aren’t the only design predators these days mining the ’60s and ’70s. Look inside virtually any current design publication—Elle Decor, Wallpaper*, even House Beautiful—and you’re sure to encounter spreads showcasing shag carpeting, Lucite chairs, and lava lamps. High architecture culture has jumped on the bandwagon as well; recent exhibitions in New York like “Achille Castiglione: Design!” at MoMA, “Utopie’s Inflatables: The Inflatable Moment” at the Architectural League, and “Shiro Kuramata” at the Grey Gallery all take a retrospective glance at the recent past. However, in the case of another show, “Archigram: Experimental Architecture, 1961–74,” looking back is looking forward. Mounted at the Thread Waxing Space in New York last spring and currently traveling in the US, these startling drawings and models not only recapture a vital moment in

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