Quietly Excellent Design – The Annual Post-Salone Sigh from Alice Rawsthorn
Posted by the editors on Monday, 9 May 2011
Quietly good designs include Wasara‘s eco-friendly plates, which are biodegradable and chic
The astute, perceptive, sensible and persuasive design critic and journalist Alice Rawsthorn has written “Four Examples of Quietly Excellent Design” another fine article, in the Arts section of The New York Times. Rawsthorn’s sharp perspective on the excess that is the design world’s annual Salone del Mobile in Milan, once again inspires a more calmly thoughtful, nevertheless rigourous, look at what is so aptly called “Quietly Good Design” or a bit more intensely, “Quietly Excellent Design”, as is the case this year. Rawsthorn cites four examples of what could, certainly, fit at least the first category: 1. Penguin Great Food books; 2. Wasara eco-friendly dinnerware; 3. Domus magazine and 4. Jaime Hayón’s tableware for Maruwakaya, and offers convincing reasoning for why each should be thusly considered. We, of course, find Domus truly marvelous, and the Wasara dinnerware quirkily, engagingly eco-modest. We’ll certainly take a closer look at the Penguin Great Food books collection, finding daily life turning (or not) as often as it does on the successes and failures of graphic design. As for Jaime Hayon’s tableware for Maruwakaya, well, we’re awfully glad his over-exuberant use of color has been tamed.
In any case, click through to Rawsthorn’s article, always a pleasure to read. And for more by one of our favorites observers of the design world, click here.
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image: wasara.jp /The New York Times