Archive for January, 2011

Beautiful…just because

I had mentioned earlier how design needs to be smart, effective, available and sustainable while maintaining a unique experience for the end user.

While these are the fundamentals of good design, the old philosophy of everything must have a purpose to be relevent seems…dated. Technology and innovation allows us to create limitless solutions. 

The end product should not forget the original goal, to create an inspiring space for the end user.

Both the necessary and unnecessary are relevant when creating spaces. Sticking to the minimal necessary lacks a luster. We should try to embrace the unusual.


Design for all.

Smart design needs to be accessible to everyone in all phases of everyday life. Great design should not start and end at the high end, luxury level. New technology has led to advanced materials and manufacturing of products that can positively affect all end users. A tooth brush, pencil, garbage can, car, computer…all products in your day to day life are a precious commodity, they serve a purpose that is a necessity for your contribution on this planet. The objects that makeup your surroundings create a profound affect on you. These objects need to not only fulfill an obligation, but to do it well, economically, dependably and with style that creates an experience.

There is no excuse for bad design, un-sustainable materials and inflated prices on products and interiors that lack any excitement. Designers need to be held accountable to their users; the public. With economic turmoil leaving the masses to the whim of the market and designers with fewer options, the choice should be clear:

Make smart products available and affordable that create an experience. People should want to use the things that surround them not only because they are great quality but they are the best design.

Think Smart:

  • Conceptually
  • Technology
  • Versatility
  • Materials
  • Experience
  • Style
  • End Price
  • Ergonomically
  • Production
  • Options
  • Exciting
  • Interesting
  • Whimsical

Mass production is not a bad thing if it is designed very well. We must use every option we have available to make the largest positive impression we can on the world around us.

A spoon to a city. Innovative Design.

For a long time now, I’ve been considering the relationship between interior design and industrial design. Some of my favorite designers have their hands across the design spectrum. Designers like Philippe Starck, Mies van de Rohe, Marcel Wanders and Karim Rashid have all made waves with projects that span anywhere from industrial design, architecture, interior design and graphic design. Their work is influential and absalutely unique because of their ability to use all mediums of expression within their design. Their ability to step out of the box of specialization and incorporate all mediums is inspirational. I think any designer would be tempted by the idea of having complete control of all aspects a design, as Charles Eames said, when asked why he made furniture, “so [I] can design a piece of architecture that you can hold in your hand”.

The names that have left their mark in history as versatile designers are the ones that do not let details escape them, instead concentrate on the simplest object such as a spoon as if they were designing a city, as expressed by Argo Flores, a Viennese architect around the turn of the century,”…an architect should be able to design anything from a spoon to the city.” Or for Marcel Wanders; makeup products to hotels.

With all the technology and communication available to us in this present age there is nothing to limit the ability of designers today.