This week on Burning Down the House Curtis speaks to Rich Thrush, industrial and product designer. They speak about the mad (and maddening) world of consumption, chairs that are more “statements” than they are comfortable, how simple product design can improve every day life, graphic design, the MoMA gift shop, and the mind-bending powers of the “Powers of Ten” short film. Finally, Curtis closes with a tribute to his little sister. This episode was sponsored by Tekserve.


Photo 1: Dietrich Lubs Braun alarm clock, 2: Niels Diffrient’s The Freedom Chair, 3: Heller Stacking Melamine Dinnerware by Vignelli