Windows on Design

Everybody has a story about discovering design and the enormous impact it can have on one's life—whether it's the grand gesture of an architectural masterpiece in an urban landscape, like Herzog & de Meuron's new National Stadium in Beijing, or the daily pleasure rendered by a more pedestrian product, like Harry Allen's new first-aid kit for Johnson & Johnson. My first experience with great design dates back to the early 1970s when my parents would buy stuff at a store called Design Research on Manhattan's 57th Street. What I remember most is the Marimekko fabrics, particularly the Unikko poppy print, which...

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