Work by Rob van Avesaath
Added value sculpture
When a designer takes a need and answers it with a three-dimensional object that exceeds a solely utilitarian purpose, adding wonderment and happiness to the lives of those who see it and use it, has the designer not actually entered the realms of architecture or sculpture?
Architecture always has some kind of relationship with our physical size. Some buildings are inviting and other intimidating. Nothing new here. A room’s decoration can sometimes affect our mood before we even realise it. Everyone knows that a painting or a sculpture can grab your attention.
But does interior design not play a more important role in our lives than we are willing to accept? People spend small fortunes on kitchens and cars. And kitchens and cars have a lot in common. The more expensive they are, the less they are actually used for the purpose for which they were created. Perhaps that is true of other things too. A diamond necklace or a wedding dress doesn’t get much use either and yet people spend their hard-earned cash on all these things. So why do we do this?
Buckets and Shops
Scarcity is something that jolts us into action. No one wants to be left short of what they need. The more people that confirm the value of a possession they do not have, the more valuable it becomes for the owner. Got to see places. Got to do things. Surely we are not born with a bucket list in one hand and a shopping list in the other.
If you had made what you need instead of impulse buying, based on price tags, you would certainly have less junk. You would have things that suited you better. Creating a happier place in which to live.