Overrated Design

The Bouroullec's Ovale Collection for Alessi
Lately I’ve been reading a lot about Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s new tableware line for Alessi.  It’s being touted on many blogs and in magazines for its clean lines and simple design and I think all the hype is a little ridiculous.  To me, the “collection” looks nice, but ultimately pretty ordinary.  I don’t mean to pick on the Bouroullec brothers— it’s a trend happening to many designers today who are getting too many accolades for standard work.  Don’t get me wrong, I would rather have everyone jazzed about the latest fork on the market than for good design to go unrecognized, but think perhaps the pendulum has swung too far. I remember not too long ago when most of us bought our toasters from Kmart and didn’t know or care about the designer.  I’m glad there is an awareness of industrial design today, but also don’t think every single thing created deserves the level of worship that has become expected today. Is Jasper Morrison’s spoon really better than the no-name spoon I currently have in my drawer?  Believe me, I appreciate good design and the small details that separate good from bad, but I’m going to revolt if I read one more profile about the hot new chair that looks just like the new hot chair from 30 years ago and countless subsequent chairs!  I want to hear about actual innovation.  Where do you stand on this issue?
Jasper Morrison tableware


  1. What's the point about eating with an 'innovative' fork ? I just don't get it. Are 'innovative' chairs more comfortable or more suitable to your every day life ?
    Do you want to be entertained by your cutlery every day ? And if so, would that last for more than a couple of months ? Then perhaps you would buy another 'innovative' set to be entertained again. Oh I just got it. It's just a trick to make you buy more stuff.

  2. Anonymous,
    I hear you about the fork issue. I have an Eames chair that I really love so I get how people can have a strong appreciation for inanimate objects, but I draw the line at cutlery!

  3. I love this post! Honest and real.

    x E.