That’s one response to society’s increasing speediness: making designs effective rather than efficient. We don’t want to waste time trying to do things, find things and make things happen when they’re completely unnecessary. At the same time, we don’t want to live like machines: We want to feel “at home.” We want to prioritize the unmeasurable stuff: things like atmosphere, tactility, beauty and comfort. These qualities slow you down; they really embed your body in a place.
IN CONVERSATION WITH ILSE CRAWFORD, KINFOLK's Design ISSUE
In the rise of the homemade, the handmade, the craft-made and the self-made, there’s this revival of the individual and the idea of creating a product that satisfies a particular use or user rather than the global population. In many cases, I think that’s why we’re returning to old processes, materials and methods of production. But we’re also generating new ones that allow a similar approach to small-batch local productions—we’re generating a new language and a new form of beauty in itself.
Max Lamb, Kinfolk's Design Issue
When you’re willing to participate, to go out of your comfort zone, to have a routine but break that routine, to listen and to be spontaneous, then you open yourself up to experience.
Michele Oka Doner, Natural Perspective, KINFOLK's DESIGN ISSUE