Italian designer Eduardo Alessi has a singular wit and energy. You can see it reflected in his work as well as distinct focus on sustainable products and materials. Eduardo believes if a product can make someone's life a bit easier or even a bit more amusing, the product succeeds. His recent project, the ECO DIY Collection, is a series of 2D products made with recycled cardboard. The charming and minimal designs are modeled after endangered animals and include everything from a light to a speaker to a bookmark. Catch up with this desk-dancing-designer's listening habits in this week's Playlist.
What do you listen to while you work?
Usually I listen to music across many genres including 70′s punk, psychobilly, post punk, New Wave, ska, reggae, surf, da African blues, 60′s Italian beats, space rock, and indie. I do prefer a female vocalist.
How do you listen?
In private, generally, with computer speakers as loud as I can. If there are people around I will listen with low volume or use some headphones -- the cheap kind you can buy everywhere because every 10 - 15 days I lose a pair. I have hundreds.
I define myself as an "office desk dancer." In my years of office work, I have developed a dance technique that lets me dance while I'm seated. I move my legs super faaaaast, following the rhythm, but from the waist up I don't move. This way no one can see anything. One day I'd like to create a tutorial on YouTube. It is pretty funny!
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers?
Many, from blogs to streaming radio. Too many to list.
Does music influence your work?
Yes. This will sound common, but usually music creates a kind of hermetic habitat around me that isolates me from the rest of my thoughts, bad moods, fatigue, even hunger (sometimes). It helps me focus on what I am trying to design.
Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste?
Usually by getting lost on the Internet.
What song or artist best represents the work you create?
I am the Frank Zappa of the design.
Ideal place to sit and listen to your playlist:
The SAYL Chair, Fog Base with Studio White Y-Tower, and red back suspension and seat material.
Eduardo’s "Never Press Skip" Playlist :
1. Last Caress, The Misfits
2. Ceremony, New Order
3. Fly Me To the Moon, Frank Sinatra
4. Needles and Pins, The Ramones
5. Vecchio Frack, Domenico Modugno
6. I Am the Resurrection, The Stone Roses
7. White Riot, The Clash
8. Andavo A Cento All’Ora, Gianni Morandi
9. Pugni Chiusi, I Ribelli
10. Riot Squad, Cock Sparrer
11. The Sign, Ace of Base
(Images: Eduardo Alessi)
Republished in partnership with Herman Miller Lifework. Originally posted by Jamie Latendresse.