Is This All There Is To Modern Design?
Although Design Within Reach
is a commercial website, it's well put together, with interesting features
that provide biographies
and a a potted history of modern furniture design. However, like the plethora of coffee-table books on the subject, the uncomfortable (!) feeling remains that it crystalizes the accepted and the historical - the so-called modern classics
- rather than engage with what is truly contemporary. This is, after all, highly traditional
modernism and post-modernism. And it's rife
. Where is the avant-garde? Is there one on view to ordinary mortals? You end up feeling that the truly new designs - this century's, after all - are being swept under the carpet, awaiting some boring committee process of consensus and approval.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 29, 2003 -