When I first saw the above piece of furniture by Takeshi Miyakawa, my first thoughts were: wow, what a brilliant design! Then I did some more practical thinking and realized that it wouldn’t fit in most standard appartments, as well as I wouldn’t know what to put in it.
A question that I never could answer is: should beautiful design be considered good just for looking nice?
I am not an industrial designer, so it’ll be hard for me to answer it. From my experience with graphic design, I’d say that a beautiful logo isn’t always good graphic design. It can be good sometimes only for its beauty, for example for some artistic projects, but in general it will have to be functionnal, brandable and right on target.