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Charles Eames 1972
Questions by Madame L. Amic,
answers by Charles Eames

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The questions and answers below were the conceptual basis of the exhibition Qu’est ce que le design? (What is Design?) at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais de Louvre in 1972.
What is your definition of ‘Design,’ Monsieur Eames?
One could describe Design as a plan for arranging elements to accomplish a particular purpose.
Is Design an expression of art?
I would rather say it’s an expression of purpose. It may, if it is good enough, later be judged as art.
Is Design a craft for industrial purposes?
No, but Design may be a solution to some industrial problems.
What are the boundaries of Design?
What are the boundaries of problems?
Is Design a discipline that concerns itself with only one part of the environment?
Is it a method of general expression?
No. It is a method of action.
Is Design a creation of an individual?
No, because to be realistic, one must always recognize the influence of those that have gone before.
Is Design a creation of a group
Very often.