I was just wondering if an iPhone was a luxury object or a popular one. I thought it was both. We should probably consider architecture as such : a popular luxury.
Luxury cannot be popular, otherwise it’s not luxury. Luxury is when price of an object is not correlated to its function. To that end, I believe that the iPhone is not a luxury object. Nonetheless, it is a bourgeois need to distinguish oneself from the other “I can afford this overpriced object and you cannot”. And maybe the iPhone and other high priced object respond to that part of the definition, that’s what makes them unconsciously so attractive.