Monday, October 11, 2010

Animal Magnetism, Indeed

I'm a little behind on my reading materials, and just last night read through an article about Renate Muller that was in the NYT last Sunday. Muller is the designer of jute-and-leather animals that are not only adorable looking, but created specifically to enhance the learning environment for disabled children. This just happens to be one of my favorite things: when form and function combine to create something not only smart, but aesthetically appealing too.

[Photographs above show her process]

Living in East Germany, Muller was secluded from the larger design world, which she says allowed her to develop her own ideas. She stresses the importance of designing from your own spirit and power. Important, indeed, because while it's great to have access to so much inspiration from all over, seclusion can definitely help define your voice and clarify your ideas. Check out the full article here, and let me know what you think!

[Images from R 20th Century Design, where the exhibit "Renate Muller: Toys and Design" will be through January 4, 2011]

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