Born Tuesday 23 October 1923, died Sunday 6 August 2000
You've got to build a career and a practice.
Well, I'd probably go for any work I could get.
Well the most successful of course was this Polypropylene chair.
We used to get published a lot. And there was this vodka advertisement... it embarrassed me a lot afterwards.
There's this very vulnerable planet of ours with finite resources. Architects and designers have, I think, a fair responsibility for conserving energy and materials, and making things durable.
No one ever contributed anything to my designs.
Magazines and advertising are flogging the idea that you have to keep changing things and get something new. I think that's balls - evil. But obviously that's your livelihood.
I've always walked and climbed; spent a lot of time in the arctic and places.
I'm not against vodka - they just asked us. They put out some story about us entertaining international celebrities with vodka, which of course wasn't true.
I would think twice about designing stuff for which there was no need and which didn't endure.
I think there's a tendency for modern man to become dominated by gadgets and machines, taking us further and further away from the things I've been talking about.
I think the first things that are relevant are that things should work well; they should function.
I think it's really important to use your hands and get close to materials. To be up close to real things like rain and mud; to have contact with nature.
I think and hope there are far more people aware of the need to look after our future.
I can't climb very seriously now but I was a bit of a freak.
Commerce is against morality. Morality is going to lose every time.
But I think it's important that things endure.