Interview with Paolo Ulian
Design is not only about inventions and aesthetics but it’s about transmitting a thought, a political position.
Who has most influenced you?
Bruno Munari gave us plenty of delicate and intelligent ideas, his lessons are timeless, he was an absolute master for our generation. I can say the same of Enzo Mari but with him I had a direct relationship, he was my tutor and then I collaborated with him in his studio in Milan and this experience formed my personal vision and approach to design. With at times rough ways, he made me understand the importance of the ethical sense in a project. His are imperceptible revolutions masked by common objects, small stones thrown into stagnant water. These are recurrent thoughts for me and it’s not by chance.
Is Milan still the capital of design?
In Milan it’s easier to develop a network of connections, personal and professional exchanges, to communicate and to be listened to. There is a big concentration of companies, activities and services revolved around design and this represents a big advantage to those who work in this sector.
Milan remains a point of reference, the place where important initiatives are presented and where interesting adventures began.
Droog Design or of the Eindhoven Academy for instance, both of which owe a lot to Milan. It’s a city rightly criticized and with lots of negative points but it still succeeds to astonish, especially that magic week in April during the Salone del Mobile.
EXTRACT:Interview with Paolo Ulian, designer
PHOTO CREDIT:Double Match, matches with two heads that can be used twice, 2001. A Second Life, decorative bowl in ceramic, 2006 Portrait, Luigi di Pasquale
May 28, 2009