Dieter Rams wouldn't do it again if he could start over

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Interviewed by Fast Co Design, the famed designer talks about his architectural influences, his design philosophy, and how industrial design has changed in the last 50 years.

I always strove for things to be sustainable. By that I mean the development of long-lasting products, products that don't age prematurely, which won't become out of style. Products that will remain neutral, that you can live with longer. …

It is my wish that we really do deal with our surroundings more consciously in the future. That is really my wish, because I believe it contributes to living with one another more peacefully. That's why, if I had something to do in this world again, I would not want to be a designer. Because I believe, in the future, it will be less important to have many things and more important to exercise care about where and how we live.