The Slow Movement advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life's pace. It began with Carlo Petrini's protest against the opening of a McDonald's restaurant in Piazza di Spagna,Rome in 1986 that sparked the creation of the Slow Food organization. Over time, this developed into a subculture in other areas, such as Cittaslow (Slow Cities), Slow living, Slow Travel, and Slow Design.
A friend of ours, Phil Terry, has been evangelizing the "Slow Art" movement, which is about slowing your pace to deliberately take in all of something small, spending a lot of time to focus and be present. In his case, present with Art.
Last week, I was speaking with Stokes Jones, a good friend, former co-worker at Philips Design and now Principle Researcher at Motorola Mobility focusing on emerging markets like India and Brazil. He reminded me of a book I had shared with him many years ago on architecture and interior design. It was, in fact, "Slow Architecture", or the combination of modernist values in structure, but the contents of a space are highly curated, personal and present for the residents to "slow life" down and appreciate their unique culture or the cultures that they appreciate and have curated for themselves.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about "Slow Design". Well, Stokes (a worldly and wise man) suggested that Smartstones is one of the first tech companies to begin to pioneer what "Slow Tech" or "Slow Wearables Tech" can be combined with our open iterative approach and our design intent to help bring closeness, presence and intimacy back to our crazy fast lives.