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23 Sep 2019
Marcel Wanders bemoans the 'stupid dogmas' of modernism

Marcel Wanders has restated his distaste for modernism, arguing there are elements of the “still prevalent” philosophy that are actively unhelpful.

Speaking at 100% Design in London, Wanders said: "I’m attacking modernism all the time and it looks like people don’t even see that we’re in the midst of it. People think that maybe we’re beyond it, but it’s so still the prevalent philosophy of this little universe. And it wouldn’t be so bad if modernism didn’t have dogmas that are super stupid or really unuseful.

“I mean: ‘form follows function’. Other people say form follows other things but there’s no-one that though that form didn’t follow something. It’s always following something, so why do we talk about form if it only follows function? We don’t have to talk about functionality supposedly giving direction to everything in design.

“Whereas, to me, functionality is the lowest standard of design. The lowest standard in design. We have made it the ultimate standard, but there is nothing other than functionality. If this chair is not able to function, it’s not a chair. It’s wood. Functionality is where we start. We build on functionality.”

In a lively talk, the Dutch designer, who has previously discussed his rejection of modernism and minimalism with CLAD, also spoke about his move into designing interiors and how the discipline differs from product design.

“A product is an idea, but an interior needs a thousand ideas – it’s a very different animal and I think that’s what’s so cool about it. That’s why I’m really happy that I made that choice, because if I’d known I wouldn’t have dared, but when I did it, I found out. And it’s so nice because it’s so different – and I like it because of that.”

Elaborating on how he chooses what work to do in response to a question about what defines his approach, Wanders explained that he tries to avoid pushing things away.

“There are a lot of designers who tell me: ‘No, no. Something like that I would never do. I would never do such a thing.’ Some people are really pushing away things that they would ‘never do’. And I understand where that’s coming from, and it’s not that I don’t like there’s things I won’t do, but in a way I feel the opposite. I’m like, if I can get it, it’s mine right?! I don’t have to be smaller than I am. I don’t have to say no this I won’t do. I wouldn’t do such a thing. If I can get it, I want to define myself large, I don’t want to design myself small. So, within that scope, I can never do what is not me."


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14 Oct 2019
CIDESCO announces new board appointments at 67th World Congress
CIDESCO International, the standards setter for the global spa and beauty industries, has announced that Sandy Fuhr has been elected as its new president.
11 Oct 2019
Three rising stars named winners of Future Fit Training's Legacy Award
Three health and fitness industry professionals at the beginning of their careers have shared the spoils of a £75,000 achievement award created by Future Fit Training.
10 Oct 2019
Don Quixote, suffragettes and puppets who come to life: Aufguss World Championships get creative
For the first time, a woman has been crowned top aufguss master in the world at the Aufguss World Championships, held last month at the newly built Spa Berendonck in The Netherlands.
04 Oct 2019
New Host Commissions set to play a key role in the awarding of Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed the makeup of its two Future Host Commissions, which are set to play a pivotal role in the awarding of future Olympic Games.
03 Oct 2019
Netball World Cup inspires the nation – provides participation boost for sport
This year's Netball World Cup, held in Liverpool in July, is already providing a legacy by growing the sport's participation numbers in England. A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of England Netball shows that 160,000 adult women who followed the tournament have been inspired to start playing netball.
02 Oct 2019
Jessica Ennis-Hill to speak at ukactive Summit
Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill will add a bit of stardust to this year's ukactive Summit.
27 Sep 2019
MET Studio creates immersive, multi-sensual history of Singapore
Experiential designers MET Studio have worked with the Singapore Bicentennial Office to create “an immersive experience charting the area’s occupation through to modern day Singapore.”
23 Sep 2019
More than 2,000 attend the 29th annual ISPA Conference & Expo
A crowd of over 2,200 spa community members came together 11-13 September for the 29th annual ISPA Conference & Expo, which took place at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, US.
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