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Slow Design For The Real World

I've been thinking about how transformation is happening on so many different levels in our world--in technology, politics, commerce, design--in everything. We all feel the changes, see them happening in virtually every corner of our lives. Often wondering about how these changes will affect us personally. Of course I am always focusing on design and how it plays a role in the everyday. Specifically how design can improve our daily living.

evolution of design I think that I have a view on design that many other non-experts share, I want it to be accessible, meaningful, and personal. I don't like something because it's trendy, or because it is what I'm supposed to like. I am drawn to timeless style, design that is rooted in functional beauty. I suppose this might be called Slow Design (akin to Slow Food, Slow Home, Slow Living etc..)

reclaimed wood
I am always excited to see reclaimed materials reinvented. You will see this in most of my own designs, this taking of an object and re-imagining what else it can be. But I am not about making art, to the contrary, I firmly believe in designing for utility. The reclaimed floors in this image are by Restoration Timber, a company that's helping to transform how the design business operates by showing how old can be new, and how being good is good for business.

Lonny Mag Goodweave
Lonny Magazine always has great reinvention ideas, but it was this ad for Goodweave that got my attention. The handmade rug industry is one area where labor practices in developing countries are far too often shameful, and even criminal. But a few years ago, using "old" wood in high-end Interior Design projects, or talking about Child Labor in the context of beautiful handmade rugs just wasn't done. Since I started really focusing on sustainability and design six or so years ago, I have seen incredible transformation happening, so much so that I think we all expect companies to be responsible global citizens. Now, it's just a question of how do we help brands get there?

Where do you most see changes happening in the design world? Do you notice brands talking more about where their materials are made, and the production process in general?