Designer Impressions

"I wanted to invent the rules and submit to them, but of course the rules had to be favourable towards me."

Federico Pepe

Federico Pepe – Le Dictateur

www.ledictateur.com 


the INTERVIEW

Meet the man behind the iconic design collective Le Dictatuer and it’s exclusive collaboration with Frette.

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How did you get passionate about design?  

I thought it was less dangerous than getting passionate about explosives.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Ah... that's the problem -- getting inspiration.
It's almost never from things meant to inspire, and almost always from tiny events. From errors.

Who are your mentors?

All those who don't want to be one.
All those who live life precariously.

What is the art field you are most interested in?

Sculpture.

How did you come up with the concept for The Dictateur?

It was born because I wanted to do as I said. I wanted to invent the rules and submit to them, but of course the rules had to be favourable towards me.  

How did you start the relationship with Frette?

I collaborate with Frette, which flirts with Spazio Pontaccio, which collaborates with Federico Pepe. It's fantastic to work with people who make such high-quality productions systems [and products] available to you.

What are the design books, magazines and web sites you like the most? (apart from your own)

One day, I lost a list of favourites that I’d built up over 10 years between one computer and another. Since then, I’ve been much happier. That said, I will recommend one book: Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer.

What is on your bedside table?

In actual fact, I don’t have one. In an ideal world, I’d have a glass with my dentures making bubbles, and a book on how to grow tulip bulbs properly – lately they’ve been giving me a few problems.