27 March, 2008

Starck and the Death of Design

Straight from the mouth of the mass producing mule. I don't think this needs much commentary right now, I need to ponder for a bit. Only one question: sincere or set-up?


clarky pooh said...

“The ability to love”

I guess there will be less clear acrylic in the shape of classical and baroque chairs, and a lot more topless body painting for book covers.

Just as ridiculous:

…read this on the thrown last night, which is lucky for me because I pissed myself laughing from the sheer ‘tardness.

Tim J. said...

As someone who has done a fair amount of product and package design, I think this is a realization that comes to almost all of us at some point. Most of us have spent our careers designing landfill fodder. It's really, in the main, just future trash.

In fact, that is part of the whole great marketing sweep - planned obsolescence. If people didn't get tired of the stuff we design, throw it out and go but some more, we would be out of work.

Unfortunately, this is 180 degrees out of phase with the idea of creating beauty, and with leaving a lasting legacy. A well made chair may be around 100 or 200 years from now. We should be approaching design in this way, but it will take a kind of un-learning and re-education of both designers and consumers for it to happen, and this will take time.