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“One of the things I like about design is the fact that it’s all-encompassing and there’s so many ways of defining it. Its parameters are always expanding,” said Aric Chen, the guest curator who shortlisted this year’s 87 entries out of hundreds pitched by a group of nominators.
Among several objects that are “really just beautifully crafted and wonderful to use,” as Chen puts it, there’s no shortage of socially engaged projects, like the Trash Isles campaign to turn ocean plastic into a country so that it can’t be ignored or the Digua Community in Beijing, which turns former bomb shelters into spaces for social gatherings.
“There is a very pervasive thread that goes throughout the show, which is how designers are embracing the uncertainties that the world is currently confronting,” said Chen.
“We used to always talk about design as problem solving or forging emotional connections or some other clear cut definition,” said Chen.
“At a time when the world itself is less clear cut, designers are also adapting to that in a very powerful way: addressing uncertainty by either resisting it or embracing it, and always finding positive opportunities and possibilities.”
Browse the gallery above to see Aric Chen’s exclusive picks for CNN Style from the 87 nominees.
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