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Thursday, September 28, 2006


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¿quien es ese oso panda que está al lado de xavi? ¿que le estás mostrando que todos se mean de risa menos él? ¿una foto de la cibeles?


amb tant politiqueo que portes ultimament al final encara et veurem a tu de ministre! de moment ja estás sempre més ocupat que un ministre!!! a veure si treus temps de la teva superagenda per algún afer "interior" ;-))))
Bon weekend xavi


ets el tio mes chaquetero del món!


Un dia vas dir que amb en miquel sense dir-vos res us ho dieu tot. Ho estas fent tambe ara i aqui? El teu silenci i la teva mirada d'aquest ultims dies ho diuen tot.


mha encantat el teu blog, espero saber de tu. Mua


Heukcva good job. I sure appreciate it.


, designers seem to be doing a bteetr job at focusing on the mass market. As we move into smaller spaces we require multi-pupose furniture which can be seen for sale at IKEA and other places. Personalization is high priority too. Everyone wants to make their own statement. But do we know what the center of the home is now? What role do kitchens play? I think there are many answers to those questions as our families and living space needs become more diverse. One challenge as new designers is finding our market. In some ways, there are so many markets that you can choose what you want to make and you can probably find a niche market somewhere. However, you may struggle to make it because the market is too segmented to support designers who only choose one niche.I shared this article with my mom and we discussed how she is interested in how America transitioned from the 3o's to the war to the 50 s. We talked about my grandparents, married in 1950. My mom was puzzled by the talk of large, chromed refrigerators because she remembers the fridges she grew up with and they didn't fit that description. We decided that my grandparents were too poor to follow trends at that point they farmed and were just trying to make it there are no pay raises when you farm. But my mom does remember her mother being frustrated when she was able to purchase appliances. My grandmother was frustrated that in order to get something that didn't break right away, you had to buy up the social ladder' as the article said, meaning that you were paying for a status symbol that you didn't care about just to get something that worked. Before WWII, there were not as many choices when it came to things like washing machines (wringers at that time) and so the question was whether you could afford it, not whether it would work. In the years after this article, we have begun designing things with a shelf life, things designed to break. I have seen my grandma become even more resigned to buying junk, even though she has to pay a lot for it. Unfortunately, I think we have larger issues than aesthetic challenges and reading social status. As designers, we also have to deal with the fact that you used to be able to buy things that worked, assuming you had enough resources. Today, our market has become so used to disposable goods that we will have to fight to make the public understand the cost of value and fight to reestablish the integrity of a brand.I apologize if this post rambles too much I am still trying to digest all of this myself


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