Good Quotes: Mark Wigley on Design and Theory

Good Quotes: Mark Wigley on Design and Theory

Sarah Coffey
May 8, 2008

From architect, author, and professor Mark Wigley's 1998 Harvard lecture on Total Design: "Design is always a matter of theory. Design is not a thing in the world. It's a theoretical reading of the world. Or, more precisely, it is the gesture in which theory is identified in the material world. To point to design is to point to theory."

Marcel Breuer designed the Laccio Tables as an apprentice at the Bauhaus. The frame was inspired by the tubular steel frame of a bicycle.

Florence Knoll advocated that both manufacturers and designers should consider all the elements of a space, and the way they relate to one another. This is her Credenza shown with Breuer's Wassily Chair and Laccio Tables.

To read Wigley's entire essay Whatever Happened to Total Design?, which goes into detail about the Bauhaus and other theoretical design movements, click here.

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