Seeing past the circus

A timely reminder from the February 2011 issue of Dwell, in the context of a review of Hel Yes! at LDF2010:

“By nature, design events sap the life out of design objects. Design, in reality, supports the actions humans undertake, and the success of an object should be based on how it enhances or diminishes an experience, not how it looks in a lineup.”

Something for design enthusiasts to bear in mind as they trawl through the second half of tradeshow season – especially Milan, the biggest and best circus of them all.

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Seeing past the circus