Friday, May 22, 2015

Good design is a human right: Eames and Saarinen pioneers of it

Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, has declared that good design is a human right whilst commemorating the 65th anniversary of the founding of Good Design in Chicago during a lecture in Munich, Germany.
Pointing out that ‘the human right to good design’ coexists with other fundamental human rights, including the right to liberty, law, education, healthcare and expression, Narkiewicz-Laine adds that the right to the “best and most intelligent” design is also the driver that defines and embodies many of the universally-recognised and accepted rights.
The idea that beautiful and functional everyday objects should not only be affordable to the wealthy, but to all, is a core theme in the development of modernism and functionalism. This is probably most completely realised in post-WWII Scandinavian design. The ideological background was the emergence of a particular Scandinavian form of social democracy in the 1950s, as well as the increased availability of new low-cost materials and methods for mass production. In Scandinavia, Good Design often makes use of form-pressed wood, plastics, anodized or enamelled aluminium or pressed steel.
That idea developed in the United States in the works of Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, and formed the philosophical basis for their Good Design program in 1950 by introducing good and democratic objects that could be easily mass-produced for the public masses.

22 May, 2015 - Geraldine Chua