From “artisanal” and “timeless” to, erm, “iconic”, these words are the most slippery and overused in the design industry. Of course, we haven’t used any of them in our latest issue …
Adjective. Made in a traditional or non-mechanised way. Can apply to lattes.
Adjective. Euphemism for extremely and unnecessarily expensive.
Adjective. Devised especially for something or someone. Can apply to cocktails.
Noun. Required event to achieve status of International Capital of Something.
Adjective. Snug, too small for comfort. Or: woollen, dim, Scandinavian.
Adjective. With an air of authenticity, i.e., “Modern Luxury”.
Adjective. Applied when a choice has been made, e.g. of the items in a refrigerator.
Prefix. Objects made outside China after 2010 using any material whatsoever.
Adjective. Avant-garde; experimental; generally unintelligible.
Adjective. Involving or based on experience, including the mundane.
Prefix. A qualifier to suggest that an object or place wasn’t designed for E.T.
Adjective. An endorsement to be liberally applied to the work of famous people.
Adjective. Work that does something relatively new (which is often).
Adjective. Usable by humans aged more than 18 months.
Adjective. Delayed; “Finally!”; “We have known about this for a while”.
Noun. Objects or real estate aimed at any consumer above the poverty line.
Verb. To repeat without necessarily wanting to be perceived as doing so.
Adjective. Originating in Scandinavia. Mid-century but different, but often not.
Adjective. Produced using either current or traditional methods, not in between.
Adjective. Designed to last but destined to be replaced next year.
The banned words are numbers 106 to 125 of the 150 Things Worth Knowing – the 16-page bonus supplement contained in our 150th issue. See the online flipbook for extracts from the magazine – including more Things Worth Knowing – and request a free copy of the issue here
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