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Economic Depression Influencing Design?

The Noose Hanging Lamp

— November 2, 2008 — Art & Design
Everywhere you turn you read about the credit crisis, from oil prices to the federal reserve cutting its federal funds rate. So it was inevitable that these social changes would find their way into art and design.

Take the Noose Lamp for example. It is the perfect Halloween prop, or a twisted gift for that person who lost his job in the credit crisis and trying, disastrous economy. Granted that person has a good, dry sense of humor and an appreciation for sarcasm.

The lamp design is a living contradiction of the hope and enlightenment that light usually refers to with the morbid shape of the noose which evokes the notion of suicide or punishment.

Semantics aside, this is one cool lamp that is sure to spark a conversation at a party.
Trend Themes
1. Depression-inspired Design - Designers and artists are creating products that reflect the social changes brought about by economic depression.
2. Macabre Chic - Designs that incorporate dark or morbid elements are becoming more popular.
3. Irony in Design - Products that playfully subvert expectations are in high demand.
Industry Implications
1. Home Decor - Home decor companies can capitalize on the popularity of macabre-themed designs and furniture.
2. Art and Design - Designers and artists can create products that reflect the zeitgeist of economic uncertainty and personal struggles.
3. Retail - Retailers can appeal to consumers' sense of irony by stocking products that subvert traditional design concepts.
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