Design Is Dead, Sorry.
Not an issue of my own, but someone else's.
I find it really interesting.
"The designers of the future will be the personal coach, the gym trainer, the diet consultant."
I'd say the (fashion) designers of the present are the personal coach, gym trainer, and the diet consultant. A fair few designers demand the perfect body for their clothes, instead of creating the perfect clothes for our bodies. It's gotten to the point where American Apparel can sell tight, teal, spandex pants and they are labelled a "must have", but a woman can't be less than 6' or more than 125lbs. Smaller-scale designers are a lot better, of course, but I'm just generalizing.
Other than that, enh. It'll be a long time before people stop being materialistic, if it happens at all. And he is so bluffing about the things he's attached to. I bet if someone abducted him and threw him in the jungle with a top quality pillow and mattress, he'd still be pretty uncomfortable.
I think it's mostly bluff but Ilove that. I love it when people over react just to get attention, it always amuses me- but equally I think he's done it for a reason and so I like it too.
Here is the original interview (if anyone of you can read German): http://www.zeit.de/2008/14/Designer-Starck-14?page=1
I think his approach is interesting and his turn is understandable, though it will not have any effect on the world's economy. Ikea or any other company won't say "Yeah - Starck is right. We should stop designing and selling our products - nobody needs them" As they wouldn't know that nobody "needs" all that stuff. I don't need it but I like to have it!
Design is almost so old as the Humans itself - in the same moment Starck quits (industrial) design there will be 100 others to fill in.
His plans may give a direction to some future designers, in aspects of sustainability and allocation of wealthiness.
I need chairs! and I need clothes! But I don't need a name to make something wonderful, or a big price tag. That's my only issue with designer things, the price you pay for something you could get in a high street shop for waaaaaaaaaay lower made with almost as much quality. They show you in fashion magazines, the 'pay day' items and the 'treat' items, they're usually very similar with only the label that's different.
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