Art.sy: What’s your definition of design?
Charles Renfro: Design…Design is everything around us that’s made.
Elizabeth Diller: Design is the reconciliation of architecture.
Ricardo Scofidio: Design is about extending a body.
Art.sy: What design object do you live with that you couldn’t live without?
CR: It’s boring, but my phone.
ED: Oh boy—it was my raincoat but I lost it. I’m still grieving. I guess, but is it that you can’t live without it because it’s designed or is it just you can’t live without your phone?
CR: You’re overthinking it.
ED: I have to say the same thing.
RS: 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV.
Art.sy: Can you share your favorite design book, periodical, or blog?
ED: You know, I still look at Domus
Art.sy: What’s your favorite piece being exhibited here at Design Miami/?
RS: We haven’t had to the chance to go through.
Art.sy: In your own personal space or spaces, how do design objects and fine art relate?
ED: We make buildings that move, so to us scale is of no object. Everything we do is equally meaningful, large and small things.
CR: Yeah, I actually have art in my house, which is a little unusual for us in our buildings. We wouldn’t put things on the walls, but I love these objects. They speak to me about ideas.
ED: The categories of art and design are old fashioned, we think. And therefore, even having a tent for design and a tent for art, seems like it’s preserving those boundaries where our work tries to cross borders and tries to dissolve the boundaries. And especially this new project, Culture Shed
, which is specifically geared toward reconnecting visual art, performing arts, and creative industry.
Portrait courtesy of Peter Ash Lee.