As deadlines become closer and workloads become heavier, in the midst of our stress and anxiety, it is important to reflect back on why we design and for whom we design. As disciples of such a multi-faceted industry, regardless of the direction you take, one thing remains true to the test of time — one’s love and dedication is always evident in their final design.
Marcel Wanders, this week’s keynote speaker at Dwell, exemplifies this. This internationally acclaimed Dutch designer is a prime example of how design exudes all aspects of its creator. His world famous designs come from a background of rebellion and independence. Once expelled from design school, this titan has now created thousands of industrial designs that look more like sculptures than functional objects. Around the world, his creations such as the Mira Moon Hotel in Hong Kong to the Mondrian in South Beach, Miami embody a modern-day Alice in Wonderland forcing guests to embrace their senses and open their minds to the idea of “play.” Some would question: exaggeration? Maybe. Flamboyance? Definitely. Disorganized? Definitely not! If one ever has the chance to hear Marcel speak, right away you are smitten by his playful nature coupled by his grounded design dogmas. As a master of ornamentation and scientist of detail, Marcel brings the “craftsmanship” back into the modern world, encouraging hints of humor wherever he can. Even his company Mooi, which means beautiful in Dutch, alludes to what a renaissance thinker and optimist Marcel really is!
With that being said, keep calm and design on! If you haven’t figured out your design direction, don’t worry, you will. The important thing is to have heart and