The Easel

The Revival of Pattern, Symbolism, and Craft

Pattern is becoming big, declares this eminent design critic. Not coincidentally, craftsmanship and the artisanal are also enjoying new appreciation. Why so? Industrial production techniques favoured standardised designs while newer digital technology now allows product diversity at a reasonable cost. Besides, with all the time we spend online, “intimacy and spontaneity feel more attractive to us than globalized blandness”.