Jolie-Laide

"beautiful-ugly"

So much of design is concerned with the beautiful object.  But beauty does not always equate to interesting.  As time passes, I am increasingly intrigued by the notion of purposely baking-in tension when designing objects, hence my fascination with the French concept of Jolie-Laide. 

Z3coupe16

Why be beautiful when you could be interesting?

2 thoughts on “Jolie-Laide”

  1. re: Jolie-Laide… i fondly call the Z3 hatchback “the shoe.” it’d be interesting to contrast it with the convertible, which is merely Laide.
    nice site.

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