While in Amsterdam last month, I paid a visit to the Droog Store. If you are unfamiliar with Droog, it is a design company that creates products, clothing, and initiates projects. I was blown away by the store. It is a very inspiring place. Here is a particular item at Droog that caught my attention.
(In the Droog courtyard)
When I was telling a friend about my travels, I became really excited when the topic of Droog came up. I couldn’t wait to tell him about this bench! So simple, and so functional. But his response was…underwhelming. He did not see the brilliance behind this piece of furniture that I saw.
However, a few days later he posed to me a philosophical question about the bench. He really wanted to know why I found this design so appealing and he did not. To him, it is 3 backs of chairs stuck into a wooden log. Too simple. Anyone could have done it. It became a question of nature vs. nurture. Did I appreciate this design because of my art history and design education? And would I have been so drawn to this piece of furniture prior to my post-secondary education? Was it because he hadn’t studied design that he wasn’t able to understand my excitement towards a wooden log? Or is it really that brilliant?
This conversation really made me question why I found the bench so appealing. It was enlightening.
Readers, please let me know what you think. I would love to start a discussion about this.