In the quest for humanity’s successful coexistence on this planet, design has an essential role; it must widen its presence and application. The prerequisite of design is to responsibly bring a vision of the future to today’s world. In the past decades, the tendency has been to use rare and expensive materials, making good design available only to an elite. Now is the time to break this mould, to build a world both sustainable and beautiful for everyone.
The true, and indeed only, objective of contemporary design is to replace worn out materials and forms, and discover new dimensions through innovation in the use of technology, allowing materials to be repurposed not just once but two, three, and more times. The work of Latvian designers exemplifies this mission. They challenge traditional forms and, by using locally sourced materials and through minute scrutiny of their properties, apply them to new generation designs. Their mission is thoughtfully, and with care, to save resources and create a better, more sustainable future.
For the upcoming decade, Latvian designers see their work being devoted to the exposure of forgotten materials, changing formerly established uses, and repurposing the residue in new design objects, all with the aid of technology. Design does not have to be limited to a functional aesthetic, rather it can provide innovative solutions to real problems by combining elements: tradition with technology, mass production with aesthetics, and sources both local and sustainable.
Read our interview with curator Dita Danosa on Adorno Editorial.