For the fifth article in my series, I invited three celebrated furniture designers to define great design. Despite their diverse body of work and approaches, they're unified by their commitment to exquisite craft which demonstrates their definition of design.
The innovation, commitment and parties are almost to pre-Recession levels so it was great to see the furniture industry on the rebound. The excitement was palpable but there were some standout companies at NeoCon that I thought were particularly inspiring.
His family left its mark on the Barcelona skyline (his uncle commissioned Antoni Gaudí to design the Casa Milà), but Miguel Milà chose to leave his imprint on a more modern field of design, dropping out of architecture school in the 1950s to pioneer the field of Spanish industrial design.
Discuss "craft" with Scott Constable, whose training includes apprenticeships under master woodworkers and who specialization in traditional joinery, and you're likely to hear about such things as traditional bodgery and English guilds.
Both Philip Treacy and Christopher Guy Harrison must have spent time reading the original Alice in Wonderland with illustrations by John Tenniel. Viewing their creations is almost like falling down a design rabbit hole into a wonderland.
Modern bookshelves are no longer just somewhere to store books. They are modern art, they are engineering experiments, and they are status symbols, ingenious theatres on which our books parade rather than mere planks for storage.
Finally having found the ideal place to settle in was so exciting, but even the thought of having to go through all of my stuff and move apartments was daunting. I had to ask myself some tough questions... Should it stay or should it go?
Really good design works not only on a purely utilitarian level but also provides us with an aesthetically pleasing experience. It meets our everyday needs as it feeds our souls. And shouldn't that be an essential part of everyone's life?