Daniel Weil

MA Industrial Design, 1981

What was the inspiration behind your RCA show?

I called the show Bridge and the inspiration was the relationship between art and design.

What work have you produced since graduating and what are you currently working on?

In the 33 years since graduating I have designed products, packaging, interiors and furniture.

What is the driving force and motivation behind these designs/inventions?

I always want to understand the context, the history, the manufacturing and the thinking. Overall, it’s about broadening the process of design and matching the needs of my client.

Who inspires you?

Marcel Duchamp.

Whats been your biggest career achievement?

I spent five years designing and completing the Archeological Wing of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Describe your experience at the RCA in five words:

Looking. Learning. Finding. Making. Teaching.

If you could give one piece of advice to current design students what would it be?

There should be one project that will have a permanent presence as the centrepiece in your life portfolio. Find it and design it.

Upcoming exhibition:

Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the art of design is a cross-section of 30 plus years of design process and projects, showing influences, inspiration and the action of designing.  The exhibition is on at the Design Museum, London, from 14 May – 31 August 2014 and curated by Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies, Royal College of Art.  

Daniel Weil, 2014 (Image: Pentagram)
Daniel Weil, 2014 (Image: Pentagram)