Patrick Lacey

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Design
Department Design
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Patrick is a lecturer in design on the BA Design and MA Design: Expanded Practice. He is also part of the transdisciplinary graphic design collective Åbäke, founded in 2000 with Benjamin Reichen, Kajsa Ståhl and Maki Suzuki. As members of Åbäke, they co-founded the magazine Sexymachinery (Magazine, 2000–2008), the record label Kitsuné (2002-2012), the publishing house Dent-De-Leone (2009) and the art journal Drawing Room Confession (2011). They have taught at RCA, Central St Martins, IUAV, HEAD, Isia Urbino, Camberwell, Chelsea and Yale.

Åbäke’s work concentrates on the social aspect of design and the strength that collaboration can bring to a project. In 2004 Åbäke started a collaboration with The Friends of Arnold Circus association to develop the public space around Arnold Circus in east London. Åbäke was selected for the exhibition Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design since Sixties at the Barbican Art Gallery, curated by design historian Rick Poynor in 2004. In addition, they have exhibited internationally.