I think the future of design in 2019 looks bright. However, I think it’s important for companies and designers to think or keep thinking about what I call a ‘marked filter’.
Erik once said: “Certainly there is no real need for more stuff. There is just so much crap around. And unless you can somehow raise the quality, make everyday life a little bit easier for the end user… Only then you can justify adding on to the pile.” I think this quote says a lot about how he was designing, it was the things he was missing in his everyday life. I hope that the design of 2019 will use this way of thinking as I filter before new products are launched to the marked.
These days, we are working a lot on different relaunches. Designers can reach a level where they can call their designs timeless, however, some products do belong in the past, and some can be justified to bring back to the marked. For us, it’s about picking the pieces that fit into 2019, and leave the ones who don’t to exhibitions and such things.
We’re working on introducing several furniture products from Erik’s early years, and also bringing attention to pieces that exceed the borders of “industrial design” including clothing accessories and art pieces.