Ob-Jessions: Consider ThisAuthor:Lindsey Shook
By: Philip Wood
In a recent article, the head of design for Ikea, Marcus Engman, spoke of the end of storage, a seeming blasphemy from the Swedes who have, if not invented the category then certainly flat packed it and made it avail able from Bogotá to Boise. Engman suggests that our urbanizing world offers us less room for storage and that as our belongings such as music, books and movies dematerialize into a digitized cloud we have fewer things to store. Thus, our less cluttered homes will become dedicated to displaying the things that we choose to remain. At the risk of being a part of some IKEA PR stunt to sell more glass-fronted cabinets, I thought this was an interesting location to start this article as it’s a profound statement coming from someone whose taste and ideas, presumably more than most, affects the way that many live at home.
Philip Wood is a practicing cultural critic, creative director, designer and furniture maker based in San Francisco. Each issue, he shares an untold story of objects, why it makes sense to take a closer look at them and how they can have resonance for what surrounds us in our personal spaces.
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