As a member of the Color Marketing Group (CMG), I have the profound privilege of being exposed to some incredibly fascinating and inspiring resources and educational experiences – ones that I most likely wouldn't discover on my own. And this year's CMG 2010 Fall International Conference in Portland, Ore., was another such experience.
We had the honor of visiting Rejuvenation, an amazing design and retail establishment specializing in vintage and reproduction lighting, accessories, furniture and house parts, along with marvelous architectural salvage, which just happens to be one of my shopping delights. The company is also committed to socially responsible business practices, such as working to become carbon-neutral and donating 10 percent of their yearly after-tax profits to programs that help support sustainable local communities.
Rejuvenation also posed some design and trend questions that I found so thought-provoking, I wanted to share them with you. I have a feeling they'll create some very interesting dialogue!
- Does the definition of good design change over time?
- Should design be for now or forever?
- Is taste independent of trends?
- Are trends driven by consumers, suppliers or both?
- Do trends make us happy?