“Design is only design when it communicates knowledge” - Enzo Mari
I just learned of his work and his book Autoprogettazione, which is basically the beginnings of the DIY furniture, an idea I am heavily into and influenced by. He assumes his consumers to be intelligent and self reliant beings and gives instructions to 20 different furniture pieces that all using simple standard planks of pine wood and nails. By this “communicating knowledge”, the designer enables the design that is produced by the buyer rather than creates an object that is consumed by the buyer. To own an object is to create, make, modify or imbue it with our likeness, our you-ness. We become more intelligent in the process.
Enzo Mari for Artek: Homage to Autoprogettazione (by Artek oy ab)