Hva er egentlig design, John Baker?

Vi fortsetter serien der aktører i ulike deler av bransjen forteller om deres forhold til begrepet design. Denne gangen har vi sendt stafettpinnen videre til kanadieren John Baker, som har en forkjærlighet for skandinavisk design og er med på å sette nordisk formspråk på kartet  gjennom sin og kona Junis internasjonalt anerkjente livsstilbutikk og galleri Mjölk, som finnes både på nettet og fysisk i Toronto.

 

– What is design?
– Design is a tool to make life easier.

– Why design?
– It’s an open ended category, and revolves around daily life. 

– It is common to talk about good and bad design - what is the difference, and who has or should have the right to make such a distinction?
– It is easier to spot bad design, as it is wasteful and impacts society negatively. Good design can be hard to spot, as some of the best design is the thing you never notice and take for granted. No-one should have the right to have the final word on what good design is. Ultimately design is a lot about relevancy, just because a design is not relevant doesn’t mean it is bad design. We also don’t consider all metrics when evaluating design. Beyond function, is beauty or poetry something you can measure? 

– What is the main purpose or task of a designer in society?
– The main purpose is to contribute good design that has a positive aspect to people's lives. 

– Is it different to work with and talk about design in an age when there is a larger interest in and knowledge about design among people than in previous times?
– There might be a broader audience for different types of design today, which enables one to have many different perspectives on the same design category. 

– Are there particular topics or areas within the design field that ought to receive more attention that they do today?
– The importance of smart consuming and sustainability.

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Her er flere intervjuer i denne serien:

Hva er egentlig design, NYTT ROM-redaktør Hans Petter Smeby?

Hva er egentlig design, Northern-sjef Ove Rogne?