-Do you like art? Do you have any preferences for an artist? And/or for creators of artistic work (can also be a chef, designer, photographer, fashion designer or inventor)?
Art is, for me, a fundamental condition of life. There are many: Brancusi, Noguchi, Anish Kapoor and many more.
-If so, why is that? What special qualities do you like in their works or personalities?
They create works that provoke deep emotions: fears, anxieties, aspirations and more…
-Could we feature your favorite artist, designer or architect in our magazine and/or online?
My favorite architect: Constantin Brancusi, who wanted to build a steel skyscraper in New York City.
-In which way do you think architecture, photogra- phy, art and design are different and/or similar?
I think all forms of creations are similar and universal at a deep humanistic and creative level, however, the medium and scale may apparently make them look different. One body of work that comes to my mind is Ms. Hélène Binet’s lovely mixture of architecture, design and photography.
-Do you aspire to collaborate with an artist from an- other artistic discipline?
I am always fascinated by collaborations with music art- ists or with a film maker -- I think it could be an enriching experience.
-Do you have a favorite company or exciting other creator with whom you would like to work?
It’s hard to single out people like that. I think true collabo- rations evolve from meetings of the minds.
-Do you follow any philosophical or psychological approach in making your designs?
(I follow a) humanistic approach in its most plural and ever-evolving universal form.
-What is your favorite building in the world?
(My favorite is the) Karla and Bhaja Caves -- the rock- cut architecture from around the 2nd Century, B.C., in the Central West Coast of India. The other that comes to my mind is an abandoned small domestic structure outside Sienna, Italy. These are beautiful, universal architectural forms that have human proportions.
Fish Chair, 2005 – Design by Satyendra Pakhalé for Cappellini, Italy, Photo: Satyendra Pakhalé, NL