What does “original” mean to you?
As a designer “original” means having the intent to create something unique, something that doesn’t already exist. It’s that simple.
How does the interconnection of the world today actually encourage designers towards unique design?
Now that we all have the same access to all the same resources, it’s more crucial now than ever to be original. The internet gives us a unique opportunity to view designs from all over the world and to self-educate in an unprecedented way. Through the interconnection we are able to see where the conversations exist and where there are gaps.
What do original industrial design and artisanal craftsmanship have in common?
Industrial design and artisanal craftsmanship are two sides of the same coin. For me the most important question is really about ‘originality’ which I feel comes down to the intent: Whether there is intent to create something truly new and unique that expresses an idea that is adding to the overall conversation. ‘Not original’ works are about a financial gain, lack of education, and not about ideas.
I strongly feel that if you are going to copy someone else’s work, just stay in bed that morning! The world would be better off.