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So the Amateur Share in Milan last week was all a big hoax. I guess the dead French philosopher in the A-list was a clue, but you never know; I just thought the invocation of Guy Debord - not uncommon among designers - meant it had a conceptual edge.

So the Amateur Share in Milan last week was all a big hoax. I guess the dead French philosopher in the A-list was a clue, but you never know; I just thought the invocation of Guy Debord - not uncommon among designers - meant it had a conceptual edge.

Meanwhile the Today programme redeemed themselves fully with its feature on the Design Council's project to "design out" hospital bugs earlier this week. David Kester's insights argued winsomely how far design has moved on from chairs (see my last post) ; but pointed out that the chair in question (a commode with no crannies wherein bugs may lurk) was designed by the very same designers (Royal Designers, no less) of Virgin's Upper Class seat.

This was a nice move. It's important that we don't divorce socially-minded design from premium-service-consumerly-minded design. Those who know the difference - and therefore also the similarity - should strive to make plausible links between design whose virtue is  formal and design whose value is  social. The Design Council will be touring hygeinic hospital room-set widely.

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