Originally Posted by Horace
Some argue that places like Ikea and the Target stores bring hip design to the masses, but I really wonder about that.
I think the problem with Target's designs is that they violate the guideline that form follows functions. Some of their stuff is undeniably cool looking, but at the expense that it doesn't perform what it was supposedly designed for. Stark's products for Target worked better as focal points or pieces of art than lemon juicers, etc... Karim Rashid tried to shake up the design of a soap bottle but those tweaks made it inferior to the standard design.
Having said all that, I still give stores like Ikea and Target the benefit of the doubt for at least trying to bring design to the masses and making it affordable for the masses. The Arts and Crafts Movement was supposed to bring good design to the masses. While they succeded with coming up with good designs, their products were too expensive for the masses to enjoy.