Furniture Designer Marcel Wanders Will Not Settle for Anything

Right now, I’m homeless.

I’m not an introvert, but I’m not an extrovert either.

Balance is always a good idea.

Look for a sense of purpose and you’ll find yourself on the right path. If there’s no path, that’s even better.

If I were you, I wouldn’t wait for inspiration to come. You can tie me up to this chair and I’d still find a way to be inspired.

The brain is a magical place: if you have a question, the answer will come. The problem is, not all questions are worth answering.

There’s no place like Tokyo.

One day, I decided that I’ll be living in five different cities for the next five years. Last year, it was San Francisco. This year, I found myself in Milan.

I travel to unroot myself.

What I love about big cities is that any design object that initially looked very rational, with time and changing context, becomes irrational.

Why do I like Tokyo so much? Try standing still there in the middle of the street for five minutes. You’ll get it right then.

It’s a common misconception to think that five years in a design school will make anyone great. No one is going to teach you marketing skills, technology or chemical procedures of microscopic structures of plastic — you have to fucking study it on your own.

People always tell us, designers, to concentrate on our talent. I think it’s a stupid idea. If you are a runner who is fast in running, you are the first one to reach a hurdle. But what if jumping is not your talent?

If one day you don’t learn, you’re in the wrong place.

Concentrate on the hurdles.

You grow when it’s most inconvenient; when it’s difficult, shitty, and irritating. There’s no other way to grow.

Can I have my coffee, please?

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