Issue 5 —
Offering its usual mix of intelligent, serious – though highly accessible- editorial and sumptuous imagery, this issue of Plot sees it turning its attention to the tradition of the fairytale. Exactly as one might expect from the title, this is hardly restricted to the frothy candyfloss variety of the genre alone. It gives equal weight to how scenographers, production designers and creators of unique experiential spaces have drawn on the darker more grisly aspect of such stories designed to enchant and terrify children.
Inevitably Tim Burton gets some coverage, in the form of images from the exhibition of his work at MoMA, New York. Other attention grabbers in this issue include the UXUS’ design for an Alice in Wonderland showroom space for the home collection of international brand H&M in Stockholm, the first physical space for the homeware collection to be available offline. Klaus-Peter Platten’s article on how, literally, a sense of horror and the uncanny is created in film through its constituent design elements is likely to please film fans. Meanwhile over at one of Berlin’s famous revue theatres, we are offered an insight into how costumes, lighting and set design all played their parts in a spectacular production for children of The Snow Queen. At the Friedrichstadtpalast, the original frosty-hearted bitch was never in brighter or more colourful surrounds.