The Cult of Disappearing Design

Robert Vinluan

Section: Barbara Adams

Headline: The Cult of Disappearing Design

Date: Sep 12 2012

Source: New York Times

Abstract: This article is an investigation into the trend of interior designers, product designers, and architects who strive to create products and spaces that are not seen. Either they are hidden away until they are needed, or they blend into their surroundings, or they are foldable and storable in as little space as possible. The article provides examples such as a bed that pulls into the roof, a TV that looks like a mirror when it’s not being used, and a lawn gnome that decays into fertilizer. It also discusses how these techniques were previously ultra-luxury but are now starting to be mass-produced. This type of approach seems to be in contrast to the more sustainable version of minimalism where we reduce the amount of products we use. Are these solutions sustainable? Is ‘visual clutter’ really a thing? Is this a trend towards Modernism/minimalism or is it the future of design?


Primary Design Lens: Interior/Product Design

Secondary Design Lens: Minimalism/Modernism

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