DE­SIGNS FO­CUSED ON FASH­ION, NOT FUNC­TION

Practical Classics (UK) - - YOUR SHOUT - Adri­enne O’toole, Dublin

John Simis­ter, in the June is­sue, has voiced some­thing that has long needed to be said. I have, for most of my life, adored the rolling sculp­tures that are cel­e­brated as clas­sics. But in the modern day where static de­sign ge­nius con­tin­ues, cars have been handed over to de­sign­ers who have learned the tricks of vis­ual de­sign with­out hav­ing grasped the need for pur­pose or aes­thetic in­tegrity. My favourite de­signs were born of met­al­work­ing skills lim­ited by aero­dy­nam­ics. Shapes that would not of­fend the air go­ing around them. Th­ese days cars are de­signed to ap­peal to the short at­ten­tion span of fash­ion­istas. In­con­se­quen­tial, lack­ing sub­stance or con­vic­tion. We suf­fer un­der the daily vis­ual on­slaught of mod­erns and turn to clas­sics be­cause they have a vis­ual truth and grace. To­day’s de­sign­ers (with ex­cep­tions like the Fo­cus, Ka or Nis­san 350) have for­got­ten what de­sign is

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