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steven landau

new york, ny, United States

Design instructor

Member since September 08, 2008

  • very convincing, but I still have questions....



    Michael, you have done a good job of laying the groundwork for your thesis arguments. You have convinced me that the market for furniture in China will be a fertile area for introducing new product designs, if you can make things that are unique (to avoid having to compete with existing products) and if your designs respond to some feature of Chinese culture that resonates with member of your target audience, that is the emerging middle class. I am looking forward to seeing where you go next. I think, that the idea that Chinese people will begin to feel more favorably about traditional Chinese design is tempting, but not necessarily accurate. You could make the case that, when China regains its status as the wealthiest country, that people will no longer want simply to copy Western styles, but will instead start to place greater value on their own heritage and long traditions. I think that it is equally likely that Chinese design will evolve into something new, either a hybrid of traditional and modern styles, or something that we have not seen yet. So, the questions you are asking are very important, but I don't know if you have really solved the problem yet.

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