"There is a whole new change in the way people look at luxury. It's moving aways from being in-your-face, conspicuous consumption to how you feel in your environment."
- Pam Danziger, president of Unity Marketing, a consulting firm that studies consumer behavior. She was addressing the trend towards smaller-scale homes and furniture.
I believe there are a lot of factors that influence this statement. Obviously we can't overlook the economy being one. But I think a lot of it has to do with simple Generational differences in priorities and methodologies to approaching life.