What of design as entertainment? “New York seems to evolve around moods and feelings, excitement, surprises, stunts, taunts, risks and quick changes; and a good word for that I think would be entertainment,” says Wilker, “but I think there are these two sides to
us; we have a European rigorous conceptual approach alongside a more
transient and relaxed American spirit".
Their fourteen years together as a studio have been punctuated by several tours on 'real-time design' projects, firstly in 2005 with Twelve Days in Serbia, a trip to Belgrade to make a calendar with Publikum Publishers, followed by Ten Days in South Africa in 2007 for Interactive Africa, and Twelve Days in Jerusalem for the Israel Museum’s department of architecture and design. These design adventures, where Karlsson and Wilker lived out their design process on film and through workshops and performance, provides real insight into the pair’s unfiltered, unfettered and unconventional design practice. Watching their arrival in Belgrade on video is akin to watching a presidential arrival — groups of school children sing traditional songs and recite Icelandic and German poetry whilst Karlsson and Wilker look on with benevolent aplomb, revelling in the cute absurdity of it all.