For Anni Albers, „Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as it is the listening to that of which wants to be done: the dictation of the materials.“ What would be your definition of creativity?
Charlotte: Creativity for me is the ability to transcend traditional ways of thinking or acting, and to develop new ideas, methods or objects. Creativity is the seed for new and original things. It goes beyond imagination, because creativity can thrive and develop, expand. When we talk about an idea, that means confronting it with the world to check its relevance, impact, etc. For a process, it’s about testing how it works. If it is an object, it will have to be „created.“
Eugénie: Defining creativity is a difficult thing. I would say that for me, today, creativity is: giving existence. To create something is to convey an idea into the real of what exists. This idea of creativity, as the creation of something that exists, is also one of the levers which, I think, pushes Man to create. It is a way of existing, a way to endure, to leave a legacy.
One of Charlotte Perriand’s definitions of modernity was about „expressing the spirit of your time.“ Does this resonate with you and your approach to design?
Charlotte: P erriand did not follow trends, and instead was always one step ahead. She was extremely contemporary for her time. I think that you have to have a great understanding of the period in which you live in order to transcend it and imagine solutions for tomorrow. In a time when we are inundated with objects, it is important to consider new values, other than the ones of pure consumption and use. We surround ourselves with objects, but why? Beyond simple functionality, the designer must now imagine sensitive objects. The most ecological object is the one that we do not create. We must therefore add another value: that of emotion.
Eugénie: Yes, why not? Modernity is a fuzzy and uncertain notion. We often say „it’s modern“ without really knowing what that means. Maybe modernity is being both in disruption and in keeping with the times.
For Cini Boeri, “Joy is inherent to the act of designing, to the proposal of the new and to its creation with responsibility and passion.“ What are the main values that will always represent you?
Charlotte: This is a profession that requires revealing an important part of oneself through drawing and creating. I wish to remain honest in the way I represent myself and faithful to what I am: outgoing, sensitive, altruistic, and kind. I hope I can translate some of that into the objects that I imagine, with passion and responsibility.
Eugénie: It is difficult to be 100% sure of the values that will still represent me in 10 years time, but the one I am sure about is openness to meeting and exchanging, with always the possibility of actually changing my values, my tastes, and my desires….