Society is one moving feast. There is a lot to learn, to see and do. However, it may appear contentious at first, with differing opinions about what is new. One of the most iconic buildings ever built was the Sydney Opera House, and yet when it was first opened to the public, a lot of criticisms were heaped on it. History has proven that it was just too avant garde, especially for those who were still trying to get a grasp of Frank Lloyd Wright, and his followers.
Nowadays, the theme for modern living is a customization of things. Almost everything can be made to order, or it can be customized by the individual. For a lot of mobile devices, there is a settings button, which allows the user to change as much of the interface and make the device one of a kind. It could be skins, or wallpapers, or even a welcome greeting, on top of the passkey or password.
There are a lot of modern devices that have been accepted by society as well as art critics and historians as being iconic enough to be representative of modern art. There were the Bauhaus movement furniture and buildings. These, of course, led to appliances which retained the Bauhaus mentality. The Apple MacIntosh line of computers is one example, as well as the iPhone, iPod and iPads. Searing itself into the global consciousness can be achieved by even such disparate examples as the Volkswagen Beetle (the original Beetle which had its production run until the mid-1970s in Brazil); the Mercedes Benz SL-200 series 2-door sports car with the gull-wing; and the original Corvette.
Nowadays, customization has taken a big leap. There are some consumer items which are still being mass-produced but have addressed other niche markets. For instance, shoes for flat feet men were not a significant market. It was thought that there were so few of them, that it would be easier for them to buy custom made shoes.
It is the meeting of technology, with common sense, which makes these things available for a group of people who are in a minority in their own right. Even compared to some of today’s niche markets, the market for left-handed golf clubs is large in comparison.