Ok, so I note ideas down when I have them, and scribble something of what I might want to talk explore. Sometimes I come back to those and think—what the hell was I thinking when I wrote that? This is one of those, but I want to try and publish the good and the bad, and to push myself to explore those weirder thoughts too.
So the note started with this little gem (who knows what I had been reading/listening to/thinking about):
Modernism was born of reaction to Victorianism and the First World War. What do I see when I look at design today and what is it responding to?
I think the general idea revolved around the fact that, having been exposed to the interiors industry, I was trying to think more critically about the world around myself. One thing which I have noticed about the interiors world is that it pays attention a lot to trend, and this may well be true of most design studios, but I think there is definitely a stronger emphasis in interiors. Textiles for example are very close to fashion, in the sense of being very much tied to the trends in material and color which are in vogue.
One thing I wanted to take from this experience, was the ability to recognize a little more what design might be reacting to, and trying to pay more attention to social and political changes and values which might drive aesthetic and functional needs and desires. One example is the movement from economy to gaudiness which we seem to be currently in the throws of, or the resurgence of color in products and the move away from minimalist color palettes. What I really want is to not accept style for what it looks like, but instead to seek the intent in it.