Designers talk a lot about extending product lifecycles, but most often in terms of creating new objects with exceptional longevity. Extending the lifecycle of existing objects is a different proposition—it requires a proactive user. But it's absolutely possible to give tired goods a new lease on life, and Dutch design collective Platform 21 believes it's an imperative.
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John Updike, the expert critic and novelist, only occasionally took up architecture and design as the sole subject of his prodigious powers of description. Though in sketching the rural barns of the stories in "Pigeon Feathers," the grand, burned church of his novel "Couples" and the changes wrought by the decades of the last half of the last century on Mt. Judge, the setting of his masterly "Rabbit" tetralogy, Updike shows his knack for seeing through to the heart of a building or place, ferreting out and naming its essential sadness or mystery.