Slow designers Pop and Scott furniture, handcrafted, designed in Australia using Australian materials, available at popandscott.com
Slow designers Pop and Scott furniture, handcrafted, designed in Australia using Australian materials, available at popandscott.com

Great design takes time to perfect

MOST of us have heard of the slow food movement, but did you know there's a slow design movement? Slow design is all about great design centred around sustainability and, where possible, the designs are handcrafted and Australian made using Australian materials.

This movement is in sync with the Swedish mantra of buy once, buy well. To my mind, it's a reaction to mass-produced, soulless designs - inexpensive in the short term, though unsustainable in the long-term. Slow design, much like its gastronomic relative, slow food, is all about pulling back and taking time to do things well, do them responsibly, and do them in a way that allows the designer, the artisan and the end user to derive pleasure from it, for many years to come.

Designers, architects and makers are increasingly choosing to promote the value of slow designs.

So how do you recognise slow design pieces? Firstly, they probably won't be found at your local mall, nor stocked by multi-national outlets. The price tag will almost certainly reflect the quality of the design and high-quality manufacturing process, but the life cycle and enjoyment will more than make up for it.

Small design-centric stores and online research is probably a good start, alternatively, if you know a local furniture designer and maker, by definition, they would be a fit within the slow design movement.



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