Marcel Wanders: “there are no new ideas”

News - Marcel Wanders: “there are no new ideas”

March 1st 2012

Likened by The New York Times to ‘the Lady Gaga of the design world: a constant font of ideas and  energy who is nearly impossible to ignore’, Dutch designer Marcel  Wanders has recently collaborated on yet another product for the Italian plastic furniture specialists, Magis.

Presented in brand’s own showroom at Design Post during this year’s edition of imm cologne, ‘Cyborg‘  is now available in two different versions: entirely made of  polycarbonate or with polycarbonate legs and seat and a contrasting  wicker back.

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‘A cyborg is an organism that has both artificial and natural systems. The term was coined in 1960 by Manfred Clynes.  In 1965, D.S. Halacy’s ‘Cyborg: Evolution of the Superman’ featured an  introduction which spoke of a ‘bridge… between mind and matter.’  Fictional cyborgs are portrayed as a synthesis of organic and synthetic  parts. Often their presence calls into question the difference between  humans and machines as concerned with morality, free will, and  empathy. The friction we feel between the natural and the artificial  world is in fact a misconception; as there is no artificial world, there  is only a natural world under the influence of its very own nature.

‘Everything has been done. There are no new ideas left. Whatever we  can think of… has been done before. We cannot invent lollipops any more,  nor table-tennis, not soccer nor skyscrapers, not books nor virtual  money. We cannot invent electronic agendas nor new excuses to be too  late. But in the world of our dreams we are constantly searching for new  inventions. Looking for unknown species from the large family of little  imaginative ideas.

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‘We can twist the world and its entangled constructions to surprise  each other with untried and unexpected changes… with funny poetic  insights… with technical twists that breathe new life into the world. To  try to be only truthful is a cliché, a creative failing. We have to  remind ourselves of the story tales we were told as children, these  well-intended lies that taught us how to dream. As designers we have to  lie like poets, to pair the unexpected to convey our imaginative  vision. We can enhance the world with a dream, a pairing. I love these  little moments…they are always welcome in my world!’

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