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Marcel wanders- “there are no new ideas”

February 29, 2012

Famed European designer Marcel Wanders introduced a new chair to the world and declared that there are no new ideas.

He’s kinda right, but his solution- “twisting the world and its entangled constructions to surprise each other”- seems to define creativity today, but also the birth of most good ideas- which are really combinations of disparate thoughts.

His quote is pretty inspiring for anyone who fears that the world is getting too rational-he encourages creatives to “lie like poets” and “dream”- good advice.

‘Everything has been done. There are no new ideas left. Whatever we can think of… has been done before. We cannot invent lollipops any more, nor table-tennis, not soccer nor skyscrapers, not books nor virtual money. We cannot invent electronic agendas nor new excuses to be too late. But in the world of our dreams we are constantly searching for new inventions. Looking for unknown species from the large family of little imaginative ideas.

“We can twist the world and its entangled constructions to surprise each other with untried and unexpected changes… with funny poetic insights… with technical twists that breathe new life into the world. To try to be only truthful is a cliché, a creative failing. We have to remind ourselves of the story tales we were told as children, these well-intended lies that taught us how to dream. As designers we have to lie like poets, to pair the unexpected to convey our imaginative vision. We can enhance the world with a dream, a pairing. I love these little moments…they are always welcome in my world!’”

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