2 Questions for Dominic Wilcox
by sabine7 / October 25, 2007

Dominic Wilcox is definitely an ideas man. His designs never fail to get attention, whether melting toy soldiers into a bowl, creating a leather-clad washing machine or protecting cars and bikes against theft. With studies taken at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art, broken up by a stint in Japan, Wilcox combines intelligence and experience to provoke a groan of “Argh, why didn’t I think of that?” But the biggest draw is the humour – Wilcox imparts a strong sense of humour through his work and that’s what takes us to the crux of it all.


Glove made with cast of Wilcox's hand / Boot with Wilcox's enlarged thumbprint on the sole.

The question I'd most like to ask is how does the seat of your swing hang mid swing...
If I told you the answer then you'd no longer have the question in your head. I don't want to take that away from you. Maybe not knowing and wondering is more fun...



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Swing.

...but I better ask a back up question, just in case. Your ideas are very cheeky – what is your reaction when people just don't get it?
I feel sorry for them..(joke) I sometimes think that I reveal more about myself through my work than I do when just talking to people. If you have an understanding for my work then there is an unspoken connection between you and me. I like the idea that there are people out there in different countries, from different cultures that I've never met, who sometimes share the same thoughts and observations as I do in my life. I really enjoy talking to people through my work. If someone doesn't 'get' my work then they most likely wouldn't 'get' me, if they ever met me...

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Notes tattoo for people who ink reminders onto their hands.

The world is already full of 'stuff' – as a designer, why do you choose to create more?
I don't always make objects! I'm currently working on a book of ideas and doodles.... Most stuff created in the world is just a variation on other stuff that already exists. I find that mindnumbingly depressing. I'm not interested in adding to the pile. I only enjoy making objects that I think are saying something new and are innovative in some way.

I rarely walk around big design fairs, but every time I do I think to myself that you could put the innovative stuff in a tiny corner of the room and scrap the rest.

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Bic Pens Lighting.


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