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SALONE MILAN 2019
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Touch Base, a Design Academy Eindhoven exhibition curated by Ilse Crawford and the Academy’s creative director Thomas Widdershoven, explores the power of tactility in human life.
Touch Base explores the counter-movement that many of the DAE students are shaping in response to the empowering, but overwhelming presence of technology and digitalism.
To touch is to feel physically and sense emotionally.
Tom Dixon opened the press launch by revealing an amusing anecdote about his Instagram observations of the design community –
He showed an image he had posted on the Tom Dixon instagram page – of Usher taking a selfie with Tom – and explained that he had expected a tsunami wave of ” Likes ” on Tom’s instagram page due to Usher having 40 + million followers. The selfie image disappointingly only received 600 ‘ likes ‘ – yet the next image posted by Tom on the Tom Dixon page showing the cuts that can be made in a tree trunk received a few thousand ‘ likes ‘
Tom concluded from this observation, that the design community is motivated by material – not celebrity ….. Hence the theme for his collections and the basis for his work.