Aesthetic features (e.g. forms and material selection) that support the intended lifespan of a product.
Working with aesthetic lifetime strategies can:
- support product longevity.
- ensure that a product ages gracefully, without losing (or even gaining) aesthetic value.
- ensure that the product remains desirable through successive use cycles.
The aesthetic lifetime and aspects that define it are difficult to predict.
- The 2006 Super Normal exhibition by J.Morrison and N.Fukasawa presented a selection of timeless designs.
- Classic and simple aesthetics less influenced by fast changing trends. See e.g. the company Armoire Officielle.
- Working consciously with patina as an aesthetic value, that only increases over time such as full-grain leather and furniture. Someone who works with this is Lovia Collection.
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Wallner et al. (2020). An Exploration of the Value of Timeless Design Styles for the Consumer Acceptance of Refurbished Products. Sustainability, 12(3), 1213.