Right now I am in Basel. During the day I work with my co-founders and friends on a project called Depot Basel, a place for contemporary design. But right before I enter the land of sleep, I read Mateo Kries Total Design. I came across the book last time I was in Basel, where I found it in Laura Pregger‘s shelf. The book is separated in 3 chapters and once you passed chapter one it switches from design history to Mateo’s personal stories around design and its carried baggage. Can’t really give a final statement about the book, because I haven’t finished reading it. But there is one thing: I can’t wait until it is published in English. Haven’t read a book in German since ages and I would love to use some paragraphs for my future students at the School of Form.
Mateo Kries is Art historian and chief curator at the Vitra Design Museum. SInce January 2011 Mateo Kries took over the programme of the Vitra Design Museum together with Marc Zehntner, who is responsible for the management. In his book he describes the permanent expansion of design in our society, based on personal observations during his career. It made me laugh when I read that his sister can’t understand why he spends almost 100 Euros for a game of memory from Charles and Ray Eames for his little daughter. Aren’t we all victims of the beautiful things around us?