By Elizabeth Segran
COVID-19 has killed maximalism. The design trend gave us lush textures, jewel tones, baroque patterns, and much, much more over the past decade, as the global economy boomed: Sotheby’s launched a maximalism portal on its website devoted to loud, colorful statement pieces; even Ikea, famous for democratizing Scandinavian minimalism, took a sharp turn toward plush textiles, metallic finishes, and audacious wallpaper.
But this era of “more is more” is coming to an end, and the pandemic is to blame. Enter minimalism, which is making a comeback, but with a twist. The experts I spoke with suggest that it doesn’t look as cold and clinical as minimalist movements of the past. …
By Zlati Meyer
The call from the general manager came right after Easter. Jim, a 37-year-old Disney employee who doesn’t want to use his real name due to concerns about his job security, was being furloughed after a decade of service. At the time, he thought it wouldn’t last long, but in mid-August, he got an email, saying the furlough was continuing.
“People in my position are put in limbo,” Jim explains. “I find hope in the furlough because it’s still going on. I know there would be a sense of relief being laid off. …
By Pavithra Mohan
Essential workers have been on the front lines of the pandemic since March, risking their health to sustain our food supply and care for the sick and elderly. But as the economy reopened over the summer, retail stores and other businesses were suddenly burdened with another responsibility: wrangling customers who refused to follow public health guidelines.
As mask mandates have been politicized by those who view them as an attack on their civil liberties — including the very White House that has since become a coronavirus hot spot — many customers have felt entitled to express their desire not to wear masks in places of business. Retail and grocery workers have been saddled with enforcing those rules, making them the target of ire for malcontents. …