Design loves a depression? Yes, according to this weekend's New York Times. While writer Michael Cannell acknowledges that design benefitted tremendously from the now long-gone economic boom, it can also prosper during the downturn as well. Lean years, in fact, will weed out the frivolity, as Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art notes "there will be less design, but much better design." Cannell asserts that the dark economic environment may cause designers to shift their attention from consumer goods to more pressing items like infrastructure, housing, city planning, transit and energy. What do you think – are the days of $8,910 chairs and $10,615 sofas behind us?
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