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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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20 Feb 2020
Sweat 2020: ukactive announces two new reports as part of Business Intelligence service
ukactive has launched two major new reports as part of its Business Intelligence service.
20 Feb 2020
Sweat 2020 event kicks off, charting the UK's boutique fitness market
The annual Sweat event kicks off in London today (20 February), offering the UK's fitness industry a platform to discuss the future trends within the thriving boutique sector.
19 Feb 2020
ISPA Talent Symposium will offer professional one-on-one coaching sessions
ISPA has announced the addition of private coaching sessions for attendees at the upcoming ISPA Talent Symposium.
14 Feb 2020
Sweat 2020: new report to offer fresh insight into impact of multi-operator gym memberships
A report outlining membership habits and retention in the fitness sector will be released at the Sweat 2020 event next week.
06 Feb 2020
Create a culture of ‘productive generosity’: ISPA keynote to explain how
American psychologist Adam Grant has been announced as a keynote speaker for the 2020 ISPA Conference and Expo, scheduled for 14-16 October 2020.
04 Feb 2020
GBWE partners with Hutchinson Consulting and Contento Marketing
US-based wellness event Global Beauty and Wellness Exchange (GBWE) has announced a partnership with Hutchinson Consulting and Contento Marketing with the aim of bringing new buyers to the tenth annual event.
03 Feb 2020
Major step forward for Birmingham 2022 plans as £72m Alexander Stadium revamp is approved
Detailed plans for the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium in Birmingham have been approved, marking a major milestone in the preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
03 Feb 2020
New ‘Together’ programme of events launched for ukactive members
Physical activity body ukactive is launching a new programme of regional events, aimed at providing a platform for the physical activity body and its members to discuss the key issues facing the sector.
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