The Salone del Mobile and the concept of originality

in Furniture, Ispiration
Stacked Light by Sander Wassink and Na’yan Pesach
I went to the Salone del Mobile in Milan this week. I had a lot of fun and I had some much needed time to myself but I find these events are not as inspiring as they used to be. The internet has somehow shortened the life span of originality. The first times I went to London or Paris in my late teens and early twenties, things were different and trends didn’t spread so quickly. We used to come back with ideas, people used to dress differently and places like bars and clubs used to look diverse in other countries. And I am not speaking about centuries ago. Now you will see the same shop windows in the centre of Madrid, Rome, London or Moscow, people wear the same clothes and follow the same fashions, places all look the same, belle epoque vintage and white tiles. Also fairs are not an exclusive window displaying what is new anymore but simply a series of new objects under the same roof that you will see on the internet in a matter of seconds. What is truly original now and how can you truly be unique? Maybe the concept itself is outdated, globalization has broken down many barriers but it has also made us all a bit the same, more similar than ever. What do you think? What do you find original?