When we began writing the book Codesigning Space last year we hadn’t even considered putting together a manifesto section, one feels they have had their day. The book 100 Artists’ Manifestos is a reminder of their golden age: the Modernist period of 1910 to 1930 that for various reasons was such a rich period of creativity and artistic energy. As Virginia Woolf said, “On or about December 1910, human character changed”.
In writing the book with Gwen Webber and with editorial counsel from Kate Trant at Artifice, the sense of a series of principles developed. In actual fact, Gwen brought together the Manifesto for a Small Practice from our many conversations, me in London or travelling, Gwen in New York. Developed intuitively rather than as a pre-determined component of the book they feel accessible and open, but compelling all the same.
We have this particular page of the book blown up and stuck to the wall in our studio and when I notice it and read a few lines I’m always struck by how clearly and powerfully it reads. The age of manifestos is clearly over, but they can help to centre you when you find yourself staring at the wall. As ‘thoughts’ or ‘principles’ framed as they are in the book, their application and evidence is everywhere in our work at Studio TILT.
So over the next few months I’ll look at each in turn and write about their significance to our work. The first principle is engage the end-user in the design process. The designing process must transform people’s relationship with space and the making of space.
But simply, this leads to better design. Starting in the next blog I will detail a few examples of how codesign has led to better design for our work at Studio TILT.