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Snobbery Alert!

So this article calls Midcentury Modern design “the pumpkin spice latte of the design world.”

There’s a lot wrong with that comparison. After all, Midcentury Modernism is characterized by clean lines, elegant forms, and an honest approach to materials and intent, while pumpkin spice lattes are an abomination in the eyes of our creator.

But if the author is merely trying to express (however clumsily) the ubiquity of both, well…she’s probably right.

Which raises an interesting question: Is abundance inherently bad? Hipsters will say yes, but I’m not so sure. Plus, nobody cares what hipsters say. So let’s ask the question another way: Are Eames chairs more beautiful when fewer people have them? Of course not.

The irony, of course, is that Midcentury Modernists set out to create beautiful design for the common person. And now that the common person has access to it, the cultural gatekeepers aren’t very happy about it.



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