Kirsten Algera is a design historian and -lecturer based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. From 2004, she worked as a freelance critic, consultant, curator and documentary maker for different platforms, most notably the Dutch Broadcast Company VPRO and the Dutch Council for Culture. In the last ten years she initiated various design projects like the master course No Academy (laboratory for Art, Design & Society). In the mean time she is a critic at the Utrecht University of the Arts, and has both lectured and given workshops worldwide. Her latest project is a design platform and magazine that she founded in 2014 with architecture historian Ernst van der Hoeven: MacGuffin. Praised in international reviews as an ‘imaginative, impeccably researched and irresistible’ design and crafts magazine, the biannual features extraordinary stories about the life of ordinary things. Each edition takes an object and explores the manifold stories it generates. Like the Macguffins in Hitchcock films, these things are not the main characters, but the plot devices that set the story in motion.