5 quotes from the Tom Sachs lecture presented by the SDSU Furniture Design & Woodworking Department

February 14, 2013

“Art ultimately is an intuitive act and you don’t always have a logical reason for making a decision—but if you can really trust yourself, then your intuition becomes really powerful”.

On the creative process: “What John Ferguson once said, who was my studio assistant for ten years, ‘Half the problem is knowing what to do and the other half is not knowing what to do’—and he doesn’t mean knowing what not to do, he means just not knowing”.

“You have to innovate in incremental steps. If you just indulge your creativity, it’s bitch work. You’re not standing on firm ground. That’s what your sketchbook is for—that’s your opportunity to fail”.

“When you build something for the world, you gotta stand behind it and really believe in it, but at the same time, it important to take risks, otherwise you’re just making the same thing over and over again”.

“I think there’s a huge religion of innovation and you see it in consumer products with things like perceived obsolescence—where this year’s product is better than last year’s product. It’s simply “new” to sell more product. I’m all for innovation, but only when we need it”.

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