Getting to Know Justin Beal
By Lauri Firstenberg
LF: How would you say material experimentation and perversity make its way into your own lexicon?
JB: Functionalist design is an inherently repressed form of object production. There are rigid conventions in most modern design that tend to suppress emotion or expression in the interest of functionality. The contradictions that arise in Rudolph’s more eccentric details suggest a strategy of addressing that repression. In my own work, I try to exploit the tension between materials to similar effect in an attempt to simultaneously address this sublimated desire and the transgressive potential of the design object in any context.