In an interview with The Wall Street Journal Newson talks about design and his favorites.
I love fountain pens because: they get used to you. The nib changes. They develop an angle according to your movement. That’s why you should never lend your fountain pen to someone else.
I’m completely nonplused by: most contemporary architecture. There are some exceptions—Herzog & de Meuron consistently do great things. But celebrity architecture is so political and ego-driven. It’s so much about power. That’s why I’m attracted to design—it’s voluntary. Architecture is imposed on you.
My design pet-peeve is: the automotive industry. There were moments when cars somehow encapsulated everything that was good about progress. But right now we’re at the bottom of a trough.