The world is a funny place We throw around words like ‘designer’ so free and easily that we gloss over the fact that nearly EVERYTHING has been designed on some level. Even the humble things that we either use so habitually, or are so used to owning have been designed by someone.
As important as these objects are to us, we’ve grown so accustomed to them that we begin to take their design attributes for granted. In fact, we may not even see them as examples of design. After all, a lot of these ordinary everyday items were designed ‘egolessly’, for pure functionality, stripped of their designers personal expression and without obvious branding they have a way of seamlessly permeating our lifestyle. Consequently, our familiarity of their design shifts from visual appreciation to simply experiencing their design.
Perhaps this is part of the reason I’ve gotten into the habit of questioning the things I own and use everyday. I am always interested in the story behind the things I own. Even the everyday mundane things have taught me new things.
Slowly, I’ve begun to realise that by taking the time to learn about and consider the design attributes and thinking behind the things I own, I’ve in turn, begun to appreciate them far more. And of course this has a knock-on effect that encourages good mindful living kinda thinking.
Who said material possessions can’t inspire a less materialistic lifestyle?
Anyway! If you get what I’m saying then you might just like THIS brilliant collection of articles for the New York Times that is both satisfying and piquing my curiousity. Highly recommended for the design curious or fans of obscure random info, too