A backyard furniture showroom could bring a new life to a neighborhood, according to a new study from National Geographic.
The idea is to have visitors in the neighborhood get to know the people who make furniture, from makers to artists, and then share their ideas for furniture.
The research, conducted by the Urban Design Lab at the University of Southern California, shows that when people can see the inspiration behind a project, it helps them make a more informed decision.
The more they learn about a designer, the more likely they are to donate money to their favorite designer.
For example, when a woman is inspired by a new sofa or sofa-shaped kitchen, she’ll donate money.
The same holds true for a person with a love for home decor, which can spur more investment in new home improvements.
“It’s not just about the products themselves,” said Jennifer Sall, an associate professor at the Urban Lab and a co-author of the study.
“It’s about the ideas behind the products.”
In the study, participants visited a furniture showrooms, each of which was designed to help people discover and enjoy furniture in their neighborhoods.
The people were asked to show up for the show, and the designers took photographs.
When participants walked out with the furniture, the researchers found that more people were interested in the design of the furniture and more were willing to donate.
The results are published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Sall and her colleagues wanted to know whether visitors to the furniture show rooms would be more likely to donate if they were also inspired by the designers.
“We were looking at the interaction between the participants and designers and seeing how the two interacted,” she said.
“If you have people who are really open to what they’re doing, and are interested in what they see, then it’s going to lead to more money.”
The researchers found the opposite was true.
When people were just in the showroom, they were more likely than the designers to donate to the designers they’d seen, even though the designers weren’t the ones making the furniture.
Sampson said there are a few key factors that affect people’s willingness to donate, including whether they are familiar with the designer and how open they are about making a donation.
“They’re not looking at what they do, they’re looking at how it looks, they’ve got their own taste in design,” she explained.
Sampsons team hopes to have a booth in a neighborhood soon, but so far, they are working on building a small studio in a warehouse.