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.

BDW was a wonderfully rewarding experience. I think the mix that made it work so well was a tangible passion for design realized in the most relaxed and friendly atmosphere that I have come across for any event like this – truly inspirational, long may it thrive.   As for what is a smart, forging partnerships and working with like minded designers and clients always seems a pretty smart and rewarding way to go about design and I have a very good feeling that BDW will be the catalyst for many such collaborations.

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