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Now It's About the Beauty of Being Broke

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Stark and Allsopp on the role of being a designer during the economic crisis. Guardian: "What is the role of the designer now, when we are taking a beating both economically and environmentally? Philippe Starck: There are other priorities now. Perhaps in 30 years it will be interesting to come back and speak about the beauty of a chair or a lamp, but today that seems a bit obscene.".... Kirstie Allsopp: "I hope the current economic crisis will lead to people looking for longevity. In an average house I see an enormous turnaround of stuff. There are plenty of homes where nothing is more than five years old. What happened to the things that preceded them?" [Guardian via Land + Living]