M Wingren is an interaction designer from the US who loves Tadao Ando’s architecture… and the secret things it whistles. Curious to know more? Read the interview below!
Can you describe in no more than 30 words who you are and what you do?
I am really smart and attractive with a great personality. I sleep on two beds and I ride two bikes and when I laugh birds fall out of the trees.
What do you expect from your time at Fabrica?
I want to achieve villain status that compliments the architecture.
What inspires you most?
Being something instead of nothing, but also sometimes being nothing
The feeling right when you’re about to fall asleep
Visuals during ocular migraines
Unintentional machine sounds
States of sleep deprivation
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Art is failure” told to me by my mentor Vince Kadlubeck after an idea of mine had failed spectacularly. Accepting failure at the onset of any project makes my output more bold.
What do you miss of your home and what do you like of Italy?
In Italy they only have two genders – I miss feeling like my identity is valid. Being here is essentially what I had dreamed except that the buildings are above water and a bat isn’t biting my fingers. I assumed I would arrive in Italy and discover that everything I knew about pasta had been a lie, but didn’t imagine I would be trying vegetables FOR THE FIRST TIME. I like the research/design process here… and the Fabrica building speaks to me… it also whistles to me (I’m sure Tadao Ando was thinking about echos when he designed the space). I have been enjoying picking up new Italian vocabulary via ladies yelling on the bus, how people kiss each other on the cheeks, and how many times someone will say “Ciao” when they’re getting off the phone. Ciao ciao ciao ciao ciao ciao ciao ciao ciao ciao ciao!