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Arik Ben Simhon

Design Questionnaire - Arik Ben Simhon


Q : When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?
A : I never wanted to be a designer, I've always wanted to be
a surfer

Q : How would you define your design style?
A : Future Memories

Q : What would you do if you were not a designer/artist?
A : A gigolo

Q : Where do you draw your ideas/inspiration from?
A : I think ‘inspiration' is a romantic word... I prefer to use the
word ‘input'. For me, it mainly comes from the Fashion industry, which I consider as the most visionary sector of creation and ideas generation.

Q : Who do you consult about works?
A : My staff

Q : Which of your projects do you consider a success?
A : My last collection of Secretaires

Q : Which of your projects do you consider a failure?
A : None, I always learn from failures so they're not failures anymore.

Q : What is the first design work you can recall?
A : A hanger, in 1988

Q : To what extent do you believe that design should be functional?
A : Up to the connection between the brain and the heart.

Q : Name a colleague you admire.
A : Martin Margiella

Q : What have you learnt about design yourself?
A : I've learnt to find interest in anything and teach myself about anything.

Q : What in your opinion is the greatest design invention in recent years?
A : I don't know.. 3D printers fascinate me.

Q : With which personality from the past would you like to have coffee?
A : The screaming guy in Munch's painting.

Q : Which materials interest/fascinate you most?
A : I want to see more development in molecular design: programmed selfgrowing and self-assembling structures.

Q : What advice would you give a designer at the start of his career / What advice would you have liked to receive at the start of your career?
A : Don't do what can be done, do what you feel like and what feels right.

Q : What are your future projects?
A : Mainly to consolidate my idea of Future Memories, plus a top-secret project.

Arik Ben Simhon



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