Linda Ricci is one of the smarter, more well-rounded people I know. She’s a multi-talented designer and multi-media maker (having worked in metal, ceramics, textiles and yes the digital space), a serial entrepreneur (as one must be in this business), a trend and innovation expert, and a lover of all things tech. She’s brought all these loves together in her completely addictive blog The Decahedralist. I asked her to write about whatever was catching her fancy these days in the DesignCraft space, and this provocative piece is what she delivered. Love it. But what do you think? Will Design ever become Democratized? (And is that a good thing?) Join the conversation here, or on her blog.
Good design is expensive, whether it’s an antique, a handmade statement piece by a modern craftsperson or a luxury postmodern statement.
Producing a piece of craft takes a long time to learn, a long time to make, and customers who appreciate the cost associated with all of this. The 20th century has seen the slow demise in the desire for “something handmade;” mass production and standardization have for the most part replaced the time and skill it takes to make things.
Part of the problem is that, frankly, many who make “crafts” approach it in a slightly egocentric way. They are the artist, they make what they like, and they then try to sell it, often through stores that sell on commission. Meaning, they need to put a lot of time, effort, and sometimes money (for the raw materials) into inventory that might sit at a retailers for months before they see any cash from the sale. Read More…