Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The 'Ikea'fication of Interior Design and Task-Rabbit'azation of Labour' - How to Overcome the Diminishing of Creativity;

 Chapter 1 - Handy Design - Modern Ideas, a school;


**EDIT: VIDEO - How to overcome the the Diminishing of Creativity


So this has been sitting with me heavy. Everywhere I turn all I hear 'shortage of skilled labour'. Let me tell you, NOBODY designs for 'skilled labour'. In fact, the opposite is true - every element of interior design is being pushed to be simpler for labour. Less labour equals less costs and today, with very few concerned, entire industries are going that way - intellectual property rights violations are rampant and unenforceable. 


Fight back the only way you can - regain the power and creativity of your own labour. I talk about Historic Design Event of 2020 when thousands of office workers left their super-organized and ergonomic cubicles [or open concept; whichever], left their commutes behind and suddenly found themselves forced to be productive at home, where they live. Talk about a blur between home and office! Think about the revolution of work culture! 

So you suddenly gain 2 hours of life - no commute. Your morning routine is also simplified - less grooming, more stretchy pants for women, guys in their in their undies. You lie in your bed, looking at your ceiling and you start thinking that you need to improve your space - it needs to function differently. 

You notice that you are now saving money - you cook at home, healthier, and get more sleep - you start looking better. No daycare fees and you drive less - it all adds up. 

You get excited. Now is the time to act - you look around the web and every one is using IKEA. OK... so you already have an IKEA kitchen, that's on one side. You first start wondering if there is a way to make your kitchen look custom, so it doesn't look like every other IKEA kitchen. Yea, when you bought you discovered that it was assembled without imagination and it hurts a bit. You now consider 'the other side' - do you really want to have 'another kitchen' in your living room?

How do you NOT make that mistake....? Lots of 'hacks' out there on the web, but this needs to be done professionally and with imagination. You want all that functionality... you love the price point... you want to make it look like a million bucks. How do you start....? Where do you turn...? Whom do you trust...? Can you really do it all yourself...? 


**ASKS doubting Thomas. **


The current reality of the labour market is that you very likely have or exceed the entry barrier to most popular tasking service - Task Rabbit; 'a willingness to learn'. I kid you not -  if you need something heavy lifted, if you need something picked up from a pick-up location, if you need something semi-assembled - if you need someone to wait in line for concert tickets, stuff like this - then tasks for gig are a great value. And I suggest in my courses that if you are short on time that you take advantage of that service - but up to a point...


**You will take over the creative part.**


That's right. You will install the rails and hang the boxes - that's my preferred method, but if you care and are feeling handy you can build a base and put some fancy trim on it. When you understand the potential of each box you will make an informed decision how to best leverage it for yourself - starting with design, delivery, semi-assembly + clean up;  small custom fabrication - it makes to structure the entire process to your advantage. 


**Yes, there is place like that on the INTERNET.**


Courses are being built right now. They are based on the the decade of questions I have received. Right now, 'HOW 2 BUILD a Home Office?' is the number 1 question that I get. 

IKEA revised their office lineups and production methods in response to this Historic Design Event! If you ever go on REDDIT - specifically r/IKEA and r/IkeaHacks you can witness the pent-up demand for creativity and practical solutions. Demand for stepping 'outside' of the 'Task Rabbit allowed activity'.

It's more practical to learn the concepts of Ikea Hacking and Peak Furnishings than......? Than what?

To Be Continued