compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
'designer object'? wondered Martin Gayford back in October 2008
Deyan Sudjic, the director of the Design Museum is, it seems, close to
being fed up with things. 'In my own life,' he confesses early on in this
brilliant but inconclusive essay, 'I have to acknowledge that I have been
fascinated by the glossy sheen of consumption, while at the same time
nauseous with self-disgust at the volume of what we all consume.'
He tells how he was seduced by a particularly alluring laptop while waiting
at Heathrow for a 7am flight to Düsseldorf; this was the fifth portable
computer that had worked its wiles on him in eight years. Such
relationships, he laments - with a portable typewriter, for example, or a
sturdy Nikon camera - used to be for life.
This book is ostensibly about things - not any old sort but a particular
kind: designer things. Sudjic traces the cult of the designer back at least to
the 18th-century furniture of Thomas Chippendale. The novelty was in the
clear division between the person who thought of the object - and was
famous - and the people who made it.
Meanwhile Stefanie Marsh writes in her Guardian Interview piece...
"In the six weeks since it reopened in a new home, London’s
Design Museum has welcomed more visitors than it used to get
in a whole year. Its director, Deyan Sudjic, explains why he thinks
... and in so doing for me, provides yet another wonderful example
for me personally, of the concept of everything being connected to
everything else, in the context of my father's involvement with the
original building of the Commonwealth Institute, which NOW houses
the new Design Museum.
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