The thing that was most impactful for me when I started out in industrial design was the Memphis design movement. This was a group of Italian architects who formed a design collective and started to create objects. I didn’t know it at the time, but I’ve since learned that the name was inspired by a Bob Dylan song.
I got them as a gift when I was in high school. Then there were some incidents where little kids were swallowing them and getting them stuck in their stomachs and they became illegal. I’m glad I got mine before then.
I would just sit and watch TV and play with them for hours. Even now I have them at my desk—I play with them when I’m bored or stuck. They make all sorts of cool shapes. They represent endless possibilities. They are irresistible, these little round magnets. They’re called Bucky Balls.
The Ferrari 288 GTO was released around 1984. I was probably about 7 or 8 when I first noticed this car in a book I checked out from the library. I always idealized that car.