Real Living (Philippines) - - Editor's Note -

I once held a poll amongst in­dus­try friends about what they wear as designers. Do they don an all-black wardrobe like a Ja­panese ar­chi­tect? Do they wear an ar­ray of natty, flam­boy­ant out­fits like a design ed­itrix? Or do they saunter out in a uni­form of low-key T-shirts and high­end train­ers like a graphic de­signer?

Al­though my friends’ dress­ing habits veer more to­wards the for­mer and lat­ter, this ex­er­cise shows that re­gard­less of out­ward style (in dress and in work), ev­ery­one in­volved has only one goal: to design things and spa­ces that will im­prove our lives. Be­cause stripped of all the trends, bells, and whis­tles, we can say that design, in its purest form, is meant to make our lives bet­ter.

Truth be told, we all have it in us to im­prove our qual­ity of life through design. Even a small child can im­prove on design, as you could see in the way he would po­si­tion toy blocks to cre­ate big­ger and more sta­ble struc­tures. And life can also dic­tate design, and not the other way around—the dig­i­tal and ur­ban world, for ex­am­ple, has made design fo­cus on things that are more com­pact, sim­ple, and por­ta­ble.

So the ques­tion is: should we fol­low trends and design blindly, or should trends and design fol­low us? If your life has im­proved over the past year, then you al­ready know the an­swer.

(From top:) Manag­ing edi­tor Sun­shine Funa takes a seat at the eclec­tic Third Space Stu­dio Café; writer Kath­leen Valle chats with Wilmer Lopez in his de­signer Ba­hay Kubo; edi­tor in chief Rachelle Me­d­ina at gallery owner Al­bert Avel­lana’s cover shoot.

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