This blog post is a part of the Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader
“Study the past if you would define the future.”–Confucius.
This Chinese thinker and social philosopher’s words are relevant even now. If you want to define the future, you should take a good look at the past. If you’re learning something new, you look at all the other things done in that area of study before. You need to see what was done before, in order to build upon it and come up with your own twist to an old design.
In this day and age, almost every entity has a little bit of the past in it. Check out these 5 design niches that prove that the past still has–and will continue having–a stronghold on design.
When the Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century, I’m pretty sure “sustainable” wasn’t what the Khmer had in mind. However, it is the example of how a building should be. This architectural landmark was designed and built keeping Cambodia’s climate–which oscillates between extreme wet and dry–in mind. The temple is supported by a hydraulic engine with man-made pools. These reservoirs are humongous. They save water during monsoon, in order to be used during the dry season. The temple is oriented in a direction that protects it from the hot weather. The pools also ensure that cooling breezes are directed towards the temple center.
This is certainly something architects are inspired by even now.
In fashion, trends keep coming back in. Peasant skirts? They were famous in both your mom’s and your time. Trapeze dresses, denim jackets, chokers, and more are all the past trends that have made a comeback in 2017.
Oversized frames are back again. Forget rimless and tiny frames for eyeglasses. Prescription or otherwise, the nerdy glasses are all the rage now.
4. Cruiser motorcycles
Remember when Harley Davidson was the fad on the roads? They were then followed by sports bikes. Now, we’re back to motorcycles again.
5. Interior design
Floral wallpapers, brass fixtures, Japanese accents, and other staples of a 90’s home have made a comeback.
The Internet brings up so many more examples of the past making a comeback. While there will be new and unique designs being made, there will never be an end to the past cropping up in some form or other in the future.
The general human populace tends to keep returning to the past and making it the norm. Because, it is our past that defines us. Without that, who are we, really?
I know, I know! This is a little different from what I usually write. But, I was invited to participate and I was really interested. What did you think of this post? Do you think the future lies in the past? Let me know in the comments!