MAKE IT BETTER
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.