Modus caught up with Sir Kenneth Grange for a quick Q&A on the idea behind Spring, his partnership with SmithMatthias as well as the best and the worst design of the 21st Century.
The idea behind Spring was simple; to declare - make a 'feature' - raise the importance visually of the legs and thier fixing. It's got a relationship with the likelihood that this product can be, assembled by the user, and so a small example of their part in its 'creation.'
I was Jack's visiting professor at The RCA - he was in a particularly good year - plenty of talent. He was personally very generous in helping 'handson' with my one man show at The Design Museum.
So, when Modus approached me to do some furniture it was a very short step to team up with Jack - who by then was in a private practice.
Everywhere and nowhere.
Massively. It will be very rare today to get the variety of commissions that I and my contemporaries benefitted from.
I'm a great fan of the hydraulic ram
Maybe the current fashion for torturing metal in the auto trade. e.g Honda,Toyota, Nissan - probably the ugliest era in that whole history - let alone the insanity of trying to get in and out of the rear passenger seats
I'd quite like to have had a go at a bus 'because it's full of functional challenges