On one hand, it’s aesthetically pleasing to look at. On the other hand, when it’s put to use, the wide open top exposes all the garbage contents to whomever looks at it.
Given this, is Garbo a design joke played by Rashid? If so, have consumers and reviewers been fooled and has he built his career and image on market mockery?]]>
I’ve generally found that when people start to cultivate that schism you’re better off pushing both the person and the personality off a short pier.]]>
I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a wanker. Being really really really into yourself and your image and self-promotion and marketing (yourself) seems more of a character flaw than anything else. I don’t honestly expect Rashid to inspire people to recycle plastic because that’s not his role. He’s an industrial designer; he designs stuff. It would be great if he focused on sustainability and environmental awareness and evangelized for those issues (and it would be great if all designers did), but he’s too flakey for that. Even if he decided to give lip service to things like recycling, it would come off as completely fake and therefore probably wouldn’t inspire too many people.
Personally, I’m very invested in “green” issues. But I recognize that not all designers are. Rashid has designed some artifacts that I for one think are great and will endure. I can’t completely write him off just because he’s a flake, a bit touchy-feely in his pronouncements, and self-involved.
The guy is a big contradiction: he believes in designing stuff that looks good and functions well and is cheap enough to be accessible to just about anyone; at the same time, he unreflexively celebrates planned obsolescence when he gushes about “rapidly moving goods.” But I guess I’d rather note the contradictions and ironies coursing just beneath the shallow surface than dismiss him altogether.]]>