Style is function


Style over function. Function over style. Those that go for style are ridiculed by those that adhere to a strict rule of function first. Those that ignore aesthetics for every possible drip of efficiency are ridiculed for being robots. There were once plans to co-develop a bloggish website called Function Second. The point of which slightly strayed from this argument, but was intended to showcase things that either excelled neither at function nor style or excelled at one or both. Or maybe the function was the style.

I have a slight obsession with the Poäng. Light, comfortable, simple – it’s pretty and functional. Now compare it to the function of a full recliner. Arguably the recliner can do more: recline, swivel, likely more cushioning, more space, etc. But I don’t want to walk past that every day in my living room. I don’t want all that space consumed by a chair. I don’t want that aesthetic.

Style over function? Or is style also the function? Part of the function of that Poäng is to look awesome and make my room feel right.


  1. Andy or matches or whatever 20091222

    That would’ve been a cool website. Or probably not. But I get what you’re saying here.

    But I think a lot of people are that way – when everything does basically the same thing then that style becomes the one defining feature, and suddenly you’re a Mac user.

    I mean… wait. No. Uh….

  2. waytoocrowded 20091222

    Or there is the tipping point where appearance overshadows utility. Snowboarding apparel, I’m looking at you.

    Anyway, I think all I meant to say in the this post before I got distracted is design.

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