I love beautiful design in any discipline.
Here is a classic sports car design that I can easily fall in love with. Not because it is fast or noisy. Personally, I don't need 500 horsepower and a rock-hard suspension that hugs corners like a cheetah. I prefer to hold a pleasant conversation at 60MPH while road irregularities are hushed by a cushy hydropneumatic suspension. Call me an old softie, I don't care. That is why I am so taken by this lovely Citroen SM Cabriolet, 1971 vintage. Just look at it! Gallic good looks from a time when French cars were as stubbornly French as baguettes with wine and cheese.
The Citroen SM is a rare collectible (Photos: Artcurial) from the early 70's when Citroen briefly owned Maserati. It combines French elegance with an Italian spirit best seen in its sumptuous leather interior. Like a well-cut French suit, it wears its age well. This rare beast is only one of six ever built, and was auctioned for the sort of money that makes it a toy of the 'well heeled.' That's perfectly fine. I don't need to own good design to appreciate it.
Great design is enduring. Like a good bottle of wine, it ages well and is a testament to the taste and vision of those who made it. As a web designer, I look for influence in things that are classic and possess the gift of longevity. This Citroen SM is one of those enduring icons of beauty. Don Peterson, Freelance Web Designer