In this short documentary, Swedish furniture designer Staffan Holm talks about an innovative technique that allows him to create beautiful pieces of furniture made of bent wood. In the end he talks a little bit about his style:
I think everyone has a hard time seeing their own style especially in the beginning, because I think many people, especially me, use a style or use the aesthetics that the products need and maybe after a few years you start to see that there’s kind of a red thread maybe running through all the products.
[...] I just want to grow into my own style in peace, I just want to work and see where the work takes me and in 20 years or something we will have this talk again and we can have a look at what my style was.
This is actually my favorite part of this documentary. As a designer myself I couldn’t agree more with this point of view. I believe there’s always this little red thread running through the creative work of an individual during the course of his career, regardless of how conscious he/she is of it’s existence. There are many cases where I’ve seen designers trying too hard to discover their own style instead of letting it reveal itself through their work. And there are cases where designers who have discovered their style, or think they have, are trying to impose it on every project, disregarding the specific needs each project has and the actual problems they need to solve.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that we need to make sure the specific needs and challenges of each project always lead the way allowing this little red thread to indicate an underlining connection rather than guide the creative process.
I don’t think Staffan would make wood bend like a piece of rubber if he thought otherwise…
Hat tip: Co.Design