President & CEO of Bruce Mau Design, Inc.
In December, I was at Design Miami/Art Basel and had a great time connecting with so many old friends, clients, press contacts, etc. At some point during the week, I sent a text message to a friend to recount some of the new work I'd seen, the run-ins, the parties, the tote-bags...
Her response was: "So, how is life with the 1%?" After a career in design, I certainly didn't feel like a member of the 1%, but from my view of the champagne bar in the VIP lounge it was clear that I was in close proximity. Then, I began to wonder:
Has "design" become an activity of, by, and for the 1%?
CEO of Architizer.com
Marc gave the final word
Good architecture for sure has become the domain of the wealthy and retail brands. But there is a more promising model out there in the case of industrial design. Great product design, lead by brands like Apple, has lowered the price point of killer designs and in the process proven the relationship between thoughtful design and good business. Now my fingers are crossed that the developers that build spaces for the 99% will realize that good design is good business. Architects! let’s make them realize!
Monday, February 20 at 10:03am
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