The importance of design in our society is reflected in the growing prominence it has in permanent collections of prestigious international institutions including Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (my alma mater), MoMA and many other museums; meanwhile the number of design related fairs increases every year.
I believe in understanding the objects we invite into our lives. Functionality and aesthetic appeal are the first steps. The creative expression of these objects speak of a time, place, attitude and intention. These elements introduce a cultural statement with a level of value beyond function and materials. Understanding this part of an object’s story enables us to perceive the value of collecting design.
Informed and intentional choices create a conscious statement about ourselves, our time, and consequently our collective material culture.