Living in a throw-away society, nothing is designed to last a long time. Does it even matter? Architect turned 3D designer Michael Schoner doubts it. He is German but has been living in Amsterdam for nine years now. In his designs, he explores anything that has to do with 3D, geometry, rhythm or space. Sustainability is not one of his priorities; in fact, he even challenges the idea that young designers can oppose the big companies that set the rules of the industry. Michael Schoner himself for example has designed one chair that is being produced by a sustainable company, but he wonders whether that really makes a difference. The big companies produce so much compared to the young sustainable designers, that it isn’t worth it to take on the “big boys”.
Art Intervention researches the crossroads of sustainability, innovation and design in the Netherlands. It is part of the international art project “What’s the Deal” on urban culture and sustainability, in cooperation with Kulturreferat München (DE), Kunstzentrat (DE), Kino Šiška (SI) and Schmiede Hallein (AT).
In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam.
A video by Coolpolitics
Directed by: André van der Stouwe
Editing: Joris Derks en André van der Stouwe
Research & Concept: Amal Al Haag
Concept & Coordination: Susanne Eskens
Music by: Josh Woodward