Design and the many incarnations of "Modern" are, imo, a bit of a misnomer because I think that the peak of "Modern" was somewhere in the 1960s. I think modern design tries to innovate but I really don't think it has gotten better since that decade. It all started with the idea of making great design affordable to the masses, at least here in North America that was the idea.
Modern Design has filtered into just about every aspect of our lives and we may not even know it. I collect 50s and 60s and I see so many knock-offs in today's market but I wanted to start a thread about design and in particular, MODERN. So, let's talk about it. Let's share ideas and pictures!
I wanted to demonstrate to you the breadth of it's reach through these simple totes/handbags. I didn't even realize that I had a small collection of them until last week. I must have been using these over the years and finding them here and there. I don't know too much about them. I believe that they are from the 60s, possibly the 70s but I think you can't get a better example of the idea of designing a "modern" look for the masses that is useful and cheap to produce. They are some kind of malleable plastic, very close to rubber in texture. Ha! They may even be rubber. I have this idea that they were made for the beach. A handbag that could be cleaned easily yet able to carry your towel and supplies.
I have a yellow one too.
So, how do you feel about design in your life? Do you actively search it out to be part of your living space? Are you aware of how design and function are interrelated? Do you care?
Edited by lindapoirier, 13 April 2011 - 02:54 PM.