design that the masses understand

I went to the Los Angeles County Fair today with my 76 year old mother. She asked me to take her for her birthday, knowing that I would not normally take the time to do so. So, I begrudgingly went to what turns out to be my first county fair. Alas, it was not like the typical county fair that


is known for, but more of a commercial venture with pool and spa vendors and every cheap manufactured t-shirt vendor known to man.

However, I was touched by the community aspect that was legitimate, per se, that of the arts and crafts that were submitted and judged. There were quilts, Christmas trees, table settings, baked goods, knitted clothing, and things of the like. People from the surrounding cities took time to create and share for others to appreciate. While much of it wasn’t my taste, the time and creativity is truly appreciated and represents, to me, the essence of community involvement.

I was also reminded that most of


is touched by bad design. There are very pedestrian styles and quality that is not representative of my high-end industry, but germane to the majority of our country. Not sure if this makes me a snob, but certainly places my taste in the minority. Interior Designers are an indeed in a rarified grouping when it comes to exclusivity and non-mass produced goods. They need to embrace it and keep it custom! This is what separates the rich from the masses and gives designers their raison d’être.


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