Monthly Archives: August 2014

Is luxury (just) another form of resistance?

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Published on 30.8.2014

It took time for me to get acquainted with the concept of luxury products and brands. Since the insurgence of global–scale consumerism, the acquisition of luxury products has radically changed scale and the consequences have sometimes undermined the meaning of the product itself. ‘Experience’ and ‘status’ have risen in the agenda of global luxury brands,… Read more

Multi-localization, prosumers and the destiny of making

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Published on 24.8.2014

For a couple years the theme of ‘making’ has inspired public debate around the collective idea of a radical transformation of contemporary capitalism. The speculative transformation may be capable of changing the unfair global production landscape and bringing about a new system in which auto-production and free exchange of ideas and artifacts finally triumph. This… Read more

Where does production begin and where does it end?

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Published on 23.8.2014

Each historical moment has its own words, concepts, structures, and I wonder whether it is relevant today to speak of Made in Italy and the physical outsourcing of production as we have always done. Although the concept of Italian attitude is used and abused like never before and is a hot topic for those who… Read more

Waiting for the impending industrial revolution

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Published on 17.8.2014

A new industrial revolution is upon us. This self-fulfilling prophecy, first announced by Wired and subsequently picked up by The Economist, helped to make an even more striking comparison with another reality, the one told by the macro-economic indicators that marked the steady decline of industrial production which was expressed by the gross domestic product…. Read more

Which production model are we moving towards?

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Published on 12.8.2014

The intuitions of Henry Ford came in a crucial period which marked the shift between craft and mass production. Though Ford’s greatest achievement was probably introducing deep changes in the social landscape of his time: from one hand creating large demand for affordable, identical commodities and from the other hand imposing a philosophy that not… Read more