hani rashid / asymptote interview hani rashid / asymptote interview
mar 06, 2002

hani rashid / asymptote interview

hani rashidimage © designboom

 

 

designboom met hani rashid in new york on march 5, 2002.

 

 

 

 

what is the best moment of the day?

there are two, very early in my office before anyone gets there, and the other when my cell phone is turned off and I switch to private-life mode.

 

 

what kind of music do you listen to at the moment?

anything somafm.com streams

 

 

floriade pavilion, hydr-pier, being built near schipol airport in holland… opens to the public on april 28th, 2002. 

 

 

do you listen to the radio?

only in NYC taxis.

 

 

what books do you have on your bedside table?

a guidebook to beijing, asymptote flux final proof, a apple power book.

 

 

floriade pavilion, hydr-pier, being built near schipol airport in holland… opens to the public on april 28th, 2002.

 

 

 

where do you get news from?

live news feeds such as newsnow.co.uk

 

 

do you read design magazines?

with reluctance.

 

 

knoll A3 furniture system, 2002

 

 

 

do you notice how women dress?

do you have any preferences?yes and yes!

 

 

what kind of clothes do you avoid wearing?

tight, shiny, bright, beige, used and labeled.

 

 

motionscape study, 2002

 

 

 

do you have any pets?

no…however my son has become quite attached to his robot dog.

 

 

when you were a child, what did you want to be?

an artist like my dad.

 

 

lerft: eyebeam digital art museum, new york, 2001

right: guggenheim virtual museum, 2000

 

 

 

 

where do you work on your designs and architectural projects?

airplanes, trains, beds, hotels, showers and at the office sometimes.

 

 

who would you like to design something for?

airbus the city of rome and any sea frontage in scandinavia.

 

 

NYSE advanced trading floor operations center, new york, 1999

 

 

do you discuss or exchange ideas with other creatives?

absolutely, with the asymptote team, various NY artists I know andrespect, web designers and crack programmers, museum directors and curators, other architects and designers like my brother and his buddies, my students and some people I respect in advertising, music ( my sister and her buddies) and people involved in the IT and web industries as well.

 

 

describe your style like a good friend of yours would describe it.

adequately neurotic, slightly fanatic and inquisitive as hell.

 

 

virtual reality trading floor, new york stock exchange, 1998

 

 

form follows function in the digital environment?

form follows means, means follow tools, tools yield to desires, and desire is everything.

 

 

which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?

the virtual trading floor for the NYSE, our office system for knoll, and our first completed building opening next month in holland.

 

 

are there any designer and/or architect, you appreciate a lot?

andre bloc, eric mendelson, bruno taut, vladimir melnikov…frederic kiesler, georges maciunas and john cage and above all marcel duchamp (these last three are not really designers or architects but crucial to our work)

 

 

book ‘flux’studio works 1997- 2002,published by phaidon press, 2002https://www.phaidon.com

 

 

and those still active, are there any particular ones you appreciate?

rem koolhas’ naiveté and zaha hadid’s spirit to name two…

 

 

any advice for the young?

curiosity, humility, optimism and lots of gumption will see youthrough almost anything.

 

 

what are you afraid of regarding the future?

small mindedness, fanatics, the banal, and the insidious voiding of cultures.

 

 

 

 

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