|Eye candy from Maison|
While walking last week's Maison & Objet Miami, I wanted to text a few friends but was dismayed by the lack of smart phone graphics to convey my adventure. Granted photos of colossal glass chandeliers speak volumes over simplified cartoony emoji...but still, it's nice to have an option.
I thought: "Why aren't there furniture emoji? I WANT them."
Then I googled "furniture emoji" and discovered that Ikea had come up with its own iconic text language earlier in the year. Ikea's emoticons are beautifully illustrated; they remind me of modern flashcards. Ikea's emoji philosophy:
In the home situation
misunderstandings occur most around clutter.
And that is why IKEA introduces Emoticons:
a communication tool to ensure universal love
and understanding in your home.
Check it out at http://ikea.nl/emoticons
A chef can express enthusiasm for a new dish that just got written up in the Times.
A basketball player can share his success after being signed to the pros.
But in the world of basic unbranded non-Ikea emoji, what can an interior designer really convey via text?I am a tad surprised, since designers and furniture makers comprise such a passionate group, that they have not left their mark yet in the emoji world, especially with design icons such as a Barcelona chair, an Egg chair, a Kagan sofa, an X-bench, a Sputnik chandelier. While waiting in a doctor's office, I mocked up these.
|Luna Bella's Medusa pendants|
|these luscious tablecloths from LinenMe|
|a B+W composition at Maison Montaigne|
|the comparative textures of nuLOOM's rugs|
|Me on a So-Nu river stone chair|