Inhabitat: We’re entering an era where everyone is becoming more and more digitized and connected to technological devices, and I think it’s changing the way that people interact with each other. Are you concerned at all about how this is impacting people’s lives and social behavior?
Paola Antonelli: I’m not. The funny thing is that that same argument was heard also at the beginning of the 20th century with the introduction of the telephone. Every time there’s a so called “disruptive innovation” people are worried and rightly so. There’s consequences to a change in behavior and being able to always be in connection. But at the same time, you need to stimulate good design.
And good design is not only pretty objects, it’s good behavior, it’s a better balance between technology and human beings. Every time there’s an innovation, it’s called disruptive for a reason because it creates a problem. It creates a rupture, it creates a break in both an individual routine and in the way people have interacted with each other for centuries. So design can help this disruption become part of life, integrated into life faster and better. That’s what we like to think of designers as – as the people that make revolutions become life.