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Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Italian furnishings designer Giulio Cappellini

By Thomas Shess
--Dezeen’s daily email newsletter arrives in time to read it with my morning coffee.  It keeps its readers up to date on all things design and architecture in a factual, yet breezy, newsy style.

After a while, I began to notice its postings of what Dezeen editors believe to be creative design (and they’re not often wrong) all have a similar look, especially in new architecture.

Dezeen for the most part features architecture, which is boxy, angular, black and gray, small and monotone, but every now and then they post a blockbuster, a lilac among the dandelions.

Let me back off a bit.  Sameness isn’t saying it’s not well conceived or built, often to over wrought client demands, but sameness isn’t art.  Art happens when fresh, bold ideas take shape and flourish.

In the world of furnishing design, a major voice also found sameness dominating his genre.

Dazeen recently published a Q&A on Italian furnishings designer Giulio Cappellini, who points he sees too much of the same from his peers.  He claims Italian brands create "too many products that look the same", says Cappellini, whose furniture company is making a comeback under new owner Haworth.

Cappellini is speaking of furnishings, but it holds true for new era cookie cutter architecture.

For the entire Q&A with Mr. Cappellini click the long link for Dezeen’s timely Q&A:

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