| was born in wageningen, netherlands in 1950, |
she works in paris as coordinator of 2 research centers
on trend-forecasting : studio edelkoort and trend union;
she is publisher of bloom, interior view and view on colour
3 visionary magazines (united publishers) .
li edelkoort is envolved in a humanitarian project
heartwear, a non profit organization, helping third world producer
with a concrete mail order catalogue, where consumer
expectations meet local crafts. the profits remain to the comunity.
since 1999 li edelkoort is chairwoman at the
design academy of eindhoven.
what is the best moment of the day?
I like the earlier morning,
I wake up rather early to have time to recover, so I have coffee in bed
and watch the news on television,
it's a very nice private moment.
what kind of music do you listen to at the moment?
some new african music, I became godmother for a band in paris,
they make a fusion of african and western music.
do you listen to the radio?
not much, in france there is a fantastic cultural radio, so when
I work at home I can have that all the day, but then it's almost
like background music.
what books do you have on your bedside table?
again african culture, a book written in dutch, a story
how somebody comes from the middle of africa and goes to the
netherlands and discovers this country.
do you read design magazines?
not much ... because I make them.
I read magazines when I fly, so since I fly a lot I read a lot of
magazines, mostly fashion- and scientific magazines,
well, design magazines ... I try to keep track what everybody is doing.
I'm not really reading, I'm looking at them.
where do you get news from?
my intuition, it's not information directly, it's more the climate,
which evolves from day to day.
what kind of womenswear would you never put on?
most womenswear seen in all these shops.
do you have any pets?
I have two cats. adam and eve. they are siamese cats.
where do you work on your projects?
in any place, the best place to think is in the taxi or in the aeroplane,
because at least I cannot be reached easily. somehow travel gives
me wisdom, almost like being in trance, I speak to nobody and think.
is there any designer from past you appreciate a lot?