Daniel Charny on fixing and repair
12.02.20. Designer’s studio, London
Daniel Charny is a design educator, curator and a creative consultant whose practice, From Now On, has worked with the likes of the Design Museum, developer U+I, and Heatherwick Studio.
However, he is arguably best known for co-founding Fixperts, an organisation, which in the words of one writer, ‘started out as a simple way of celebrating and clarifying the ingenuity and problem-solving power of design’. Since then though it has become rather more than that.
In this episode we talk about the importance of making and the ‘axis of care’ that runs the gamut from conservation to hacking; craft’s relationship with industry; his upbringing in Israel (and elsewhere); the time Ron Arad told him he was unemployable; and his surprise at the huge success his V&A exhibition, Power of Making, enjoyed.
Mostly though we focus on the success of Fixperts and why he wants everyone to be repairing things.
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The entrance to Power of Making, a show co-produced by the V&A and the Crafts Council that Charny curated. All images courtesy of the designer.