this interview took place on the 5th of october 2000 in his’ office at
the furnishing house ‘habitat’ in london.
what is the best moment of the day?
oh oh oh mornings
what kind of music do you listen to at the moment?
music? west coast jazz.
hand formed extruded chair, 2002.
manufacturer tom dixon
do you listen to the radio?
yeah, radio 4.
pylon chair for cappellini 1992
what books do you have on your bedside table?
I haven’t got a bedside table
do you read design magazines?
I flick through them.
s-chair for cappellini 1991
where do you get news from?
news? radio. in the car.
do you notice how women are dressing? do you have any preferences?
what kind of clothes do you avoid wearing?
‘jack’ lamp for eurolounge 1997
do you have any pets?
no, I just have some stick insects.
where do you work on your designs and projects?
mainly when I’m walking. I have to be moving, so when the radio’s broken down in the
car, or if I take a bicycle or when I’m walking. transport related…
who would you like to design something for?
for the international space station orbiting around the world at the moment.
left: products for eurolounge
center: ‘star light’, floor lamp for eurolounge, 1998
right: ‘bubble vase’ for eurolounge 1999
when you are working, do you discuss or exchange ideas with your colleagues?
no I keep very quite
describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it.
my style of design I was told I was a vertebrate as opposed to an invertebrate.
vertebrates are animals with a spine…(laughs)
is there any designer from past you appreciate a lot?
hundreds. the really obvious ones, like buckminster fuller, people who were partly
‘bird’, seater for cappellini 1990
what about your younger colleagues, are there any particular ones you
do you believe in sharing knowledge via internet?
or do you think that the internet has more negative effects on us?
the same negative effects as anything that has to do with mass communication.
just a flattening of the world, everything becoming too similar.
…but we share our knowledge on the internet as well…
chaise longue for scp
last week on the news broadcast they said that italians are afraid of
unemployment, criminality and pollution. what are you afraid of regarding
the future ?
violence. man’s violence to fellow men and other species…
(he had a really bad expression)