The design economy: We are what we buy As consumers, we tend to express who we are -- and who we want to be -- through the things we buy. Our clothes, our cars and our homes all reflect an identity we've chosen for ourselves. We have increasingly emotional relationships with objects. And now designers are playing with those emotions.7:50 a.m.
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