An Ode to the Homo Faber
In the Design Special of Lounge, we look at the future of design and the directions in which our creative spirit is taking us
Latin for “man the maker", Homo faber stands for the idea that creativity is an inherent human trait that leads us to make tools, and that we use these to control our environment. In the early 20th century, evolutionary philosopher Henri Bergson associated the Homo faber with “the faculty of making artificial objects". In the 1950s, radical political theorist Hannah Arendt, in her book The Human Condition, described the Homo faber as “the fabricator of the world" whose ideals lie in creating “permanence, stability, and durability".
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