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How well does avant-garde design age?

Does high style or contemporary design age well?  Looking back at the futuristic automotive designs of the 1950’s, bell bottom pants of the 1970’s, and the hair of the 1980’s all have me wondering about the dated look of the past.  I’m not saying that appearing to be aged is bad, but not all design ages as poorly as the above listed.  There are cars like the Bentley R-Type Continental and advertising by Massimo Vignelli who designed the American Airlines logo that have a timeless look and still function well in today’s society.

1951 Buick Lesabre Concept

1951 Buick Lesabre Concept

What will stand the test of time?  Is there such a thing as an instant classic?  Will the Louis Vuitton handbags designed by Takashi Murkami look dated to the people of tomorrow, as orange shag carpet does to the people today?  I think that what has and will carry weight into the future are the simple designs.  As many art/design students are told, “It’s harder to make something successful that’s simple than something complex.”  Do they age because some design cues are so far out front that few of them get picked up and passed on?

Does the design community actively think about how their work will age?  When working for the customer is the solution given to the project only to meet the need of the client or is it taken farther and is thought given to the long-term?  Do designers wonder how their work will look in 20, 20 or 30 years? 

Murakami LV Handbag

Murakami LV Handbag