These are difficult times for families and businesses alike, and you would think that would mean that the time for design has been put on hold. But design hasn’t stopped; it has adjusted with the times. Simplicity, well crafted, understated, elegant and timeless, all are words being used to describe the latest furniture, fashion and interior design. Gone are the flashy, over indulgent, attention seeking designs and instead we have shifted to quality over quantity. I’ve heard the term “slow design” being used quite a lot recently, just like we had the “slow food” movement, design is following this lead. It’s not about cheap furniture or using cheap materials, it’s about purchasing things that you really love and that will last you throughout your lifetime (and possibly your children’s lifetime). It’s a sensible way to look at design, recession or no recession.
Being passionate about design means that I’ve always felt that good design improves and enriches our lives, whether it’s in our homes, businesses or recreation. I have a growing feeling that this recession has meant we designers have had to be cleverer and more thoughtful about the designs we produce, and that can’t be a bad thing!