Designed for Deterioration? The copper table pictured develops a rich patina with age. What else in our homes becomes better with age? In a recent blog entry at Subtraction 7.0, Khoi Vinh expresses his concern with society's obsessive consumption of all things new and shiny and he calls for designers to consider the deterioration of a product through its life cycle:
"An object should be designed not just for sale, but also for day to day wear and tear."
Citing his iron skillet as an excellent example of how deterioration has been incorporated into the design of an object — with years of use, the cookware has become more attractive (and valuable) the more it is used...
This is an excellent post and we hope all ATers will read it! While Khoi Vinh talked about his aged iron skillet, what other objects in your home have aged gracefully by being well-designed?