House Beautiful has declared, "Belgian is the new Swedish." What I’m wondering is, Can our economy drive our design longings? Does the interest in this serene look, that when executed flawlessly borders on a spiritual aesthetic, have anything to do with the state of our economy? Does uncertainty interest us in design that it pared down and true, simple and grounded? I know it has caught my attention. Plus…it’s just so beautiful to look at!
This post from Ty Wenzel via http://designshrine.net/2008/04/16/belgian-style-our-economy/