Think of modern industrial design as a Westernized version of the tidying up craze. It is by definition utilitarian, and clutter is replaced with overtly functional, mechanical, or sublimely purposeful items as focal points.
Here Is the Sea and Faces Without Noses, a pair of Richmond Art Center exhibitions, examine environmental and aesthetic themes. Nature and culture, again, do their eternal parallel-evolution dance, seen through sociopolitical/informational and aesthetic/poetic filters. It’s style-plus-content art that looks good and is good for us.
In the The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life, author and Bay Area journalist Katy Butler pools her infinitely practical and deeply human expertise to coach people on the end of their lives.