How Does Design Respond to a Bleak Economic Landscape?
Taken from an article in today's Guardian
Miss Anne - Vintage French Salon Chair/Victorian Riding Jacket
Philippe Starck There are other priorities now. Perhaps in 30 years it will be interesting to come back and speak about the beauty of a chair or a lamp, but today that seems a bit obscene. Even during the time it takes to do this interview, people will die from a lack of water. We must try to stop design for design's sake. Design has always been political, and now more than ever we focus on new goals, which I call democratic ecology. Everyone talks about ecology, but we need to make it happen, not speak about it.
Bedside Reading - Vintage Commode/Vintage Hardback Book/Vintage Reading Glasses
Terence Conran While I partially agree with Philippe, I still believe in promoting intelligent - I prefer that word to good - design that can help improve people's lives. In economic hard times or not, it's still the same.
Dressing Up - Vintage Dressing Table/Vintage Hand Mirror/Vintage Mannequin Arm
Kirstie Allsopp I hope the current economic crisis will lead to people looking for longevity. In an average house I see an enormous turnaround of stuff. There are plenty of homes where nothing is more than five years old. What happened to the things that preceded them? What happened to the possessions of previous generations? It's almost like people had no parents or grandparents. Nothing has been passed on.
Retro Chic & Feet Up - Retro Danish Chair/Faux Embroidered Leather (Old Designer Stock) & Stool Made From Claw Foot Bath/Faux Embroidered Leather (Old Designer Stock)
As I said - I Seem To Be Doing It Right.