Klara De Smedt (BEL), director, Antwerp


“The tattoo on my shoulder is the latin phrase ‘Amor Fati’ roughly meaning the ‘love of (one’s) fate’. It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as good or at the very least, necessary. The phrase is used repeatedly in Friedrich Nietzsche’s writings and is representative of the general outlook on life he articulates as “I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful”.

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I try to install some of this philosophy into the lives of my two teenage daughters, for example rather than take packaged holidays we will go backpacking in Europe hitch-hiking taking the bus with no agenda, no computers, no distractions, going wherever circumstances lead us.  I believe this will allow them to become more creative in their future lives and enable them to put things in perspective a trait that I very much admire in people.”


Klara De Smedt is director of Designcenter De Winkelhaak.