Join Gary Hustwit for an in-depth discussion in this video Marc Newson, part of Objectified.
- Hey what about the forks for the bike? Can you make a few inquiries about-- - I have something in mind (phone rings) that you can ask about something that's going on. (speaking quietly) - Because I'd love to do the forks. I think the forks would be really cool. Well this is my little table of one of my tables. You know I've got like a whole workshop downstairs which is just full of stuff. But yeah these are just things that I sort of find interesting.
And things that I want to have around and look at. You know sometimes these are the materials that I'm looking for an excuse to use, as opposed to the other way around. But things like micarta, this is one of my favorite materials. And it's actually made of linen, so it's a bit like wood actually. And it feels like a really living material. And it's enormously heavy. And these kind of weird meshes and stuff you know. I thought how cool is that, I have no idea what they use this for.
It's sort of like a stainless steel, braided stuff. My career didn't start after high school, it started when I made my first object in my grandfathers garage. I remember my uncle said as soon as I could tell the time he'd give my a wristwatch. So I figured out how to tell time he gave me this wristwatch and I promptly pulled it to bits. I went up to my grandfathers garage and found an old bit of Plexiglas and started kind of hacking away at this bit of Plexiglas and drilling holes and transplanted this movement from this once working watch into it.
And that was my first, that was my first sort of design I guess. I grew up in a generation, and I can remember when they landed on the moon. I can't deny that that was a massive event in my life. All of my dreams were about the future. What I want to do is be able to have things that don't exist. Things that you can't go out and buy.
Or things that irritate you. Anger or dissatisfaction at the very least, play such an important role in motivating you to sort of do what we do. But ultimately my job as a designer is to just to look into the future. It's not to use any frame of reference that exists really now. My job is about what's going to happen not what has happened.
As a designer, my philosophy is fundamentally non-disposable. In somehow trying to offer products that you want to keep. products that you feel most importantly, will stand the test of time. That hopefully wont date as badly as other things. Because it's all about wanting to have new things isn't it? Ultimately you know, you could also be using the mobile phone we had three years ago.
But you know we've all had about five in the meantime.
Objectified is a documentary about industrial design; it's about the manufactured objects we surround ourselves with, and the people who make them. Gary Hustwit, the director of Helvetica, talks with Dieter Rams, Marc Newson, Jonathan Ive, and other renowned designers behind some of the world's most iconic products. lynda.com is proud to offer this film to our members, along with over one hour of online-exclusive bonus movies.