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An Epitaph Missing an Epilogue
on 29 July 2014
I went through this book examining the context of the illustrations for what was missing. As a document for the future the concept was flawed. This should have had the title "The Design Museum Book of Twentieth Century Design Showing only The Best Rather Than Typical". Architecture from Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus designs are all very well but what about the concrete brutalism which could have been english council flats or communist era apartment blocks?
And among cars,Porsche, Beetles, citroen 2CV, model T Ford. This list lacks the counterpoint of dogs like an Austin Princess.
i could have done with a Leica without the gold plating and a Kodak 127 but No Hasselblad. A Swatch but no Rolex is the other extreme.
Obviously the book would have been twelve heavy volumes if there were examples as I cited but at the end of the book it seems like there was a coda or epilogue missing. What about the ridiculous obsession with labels and brands that seem to occupy the consumer. And does design now mean Ikea or rubbish made in China and the only items that will make their way into the Design Museum in the future will be limited editions by exclusive designers which have no relevance for any average consumer at all?