Design Research

Alongside traditional design practice, I am interested whole-heartedly in areas of academic design research. My particular research intersts are in the fields of fashion studies. I am quite interested in how design has manufactured the perception of value in modern luxury fashion artifacts. This section of my site features essays, observations and other musings. I invite you to read and dissect and am happy to be contacted for any and all inquiries or for collaborative design research.

This Book is Valuable

“This Book is Valuable” seeks to analyze how different concepts related to design and culture have influenced the apparent and perceived value of luxury fashion objects. This question is explored in different contexts to provide clarity and observation to the contemporary construction of value through systems of design.

This thesis is an anthology of three essays. The first essay is about immaterial capitalism, a system of knowledge, skill and imagination based capital. The second essay is about the strategy of artification, using fine art as a way to link systems of value together. It is also about how luxury conglomerates use political influence to diversify their portfolio and increase revenue. The final essay is about how popular and everyday culture that is traditionally perceived of having little value, has become utilized extensively in luxury fashion.