Monday, February 20, 2012

The Timelessness of Good Design

Lindsay and I recently took a trip to New York City and visited two of our favorite spots – The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters. While exploring these sites we soon realized that much of the design we love has a timeless quality. That’s what makes it so appealing. Good design is not trendy or “hot”, it is simply constant. This became even more apparent on this trip.  We found some of our favorite pieces from the store had cameo roles in many of the art pieces we found in these great institutions.

The fantastic graphics found on this deck of cards in The Cloisters (the oldest most complete deck of cards in existence) are similar to the dramatic and fun graphics found on these wallets from Sloane Ranger

This 19th Century European painting shows that the comfort and style of a cowhide rug enjoyed amongst family and friends is a constant.

This 1930 Jean Arp painting showed us the simple power of a red spoon. We were reminded of that when we looked at the Zak! Happy Spoon at next summer.

Finally, we loved the high contrast of the bright orange fish on the bright blue background in this surrealist piece from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   It reminds us of our favorite glass that we carry at next summer.

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