max lamb exercises in seating !
VERY inspired by this show of Max Lamb's 'exercises in seating' at Garage Sanremo in Milan this week. I really wish I could see all of these pieces in person! The work in the show spans 10 years of Max's 'exercises in seating'.
What I find most inspiring about this exhibition is that it speaks directly of Max's creative process- that he continues to work in a way that is experimental & embedded in curiosity. I feel that this is something I continually try to return to in my own way of working- to let go of the end result & to let the process inform me and what comes of it.
I love these little chocolates by nendo!
Each chocolate is directly named after Japanese expressions used to describe texture.
1. “tubu-tubu” Chunks of smaller chocolate drops.
2. “sube-sube” Smooth edges and corners.
3. “zara-zara” Granular like a file.
4. “toge-toge” Sharp pointed tips.
5. “goro-goro” Fourteen connected small cubes.
6. “fuwa-fuwa” Soft and airy with many tiny holes.
7. “poki-poki” A cube frame made of chocolate sticks.
8. “suka-suka” A hollow cube with thin walls.
9. “zaku-zaku” Alternately placed thin chocolate rods forming a cube.
more & more I find myself attracted to design & designers that are making small, playful, joyful & not always practical or 'useful' in the traditional sense, little things. why? I think because it seems fun. & fun is so important.
some work from the haas brothers. weird, beautiful.
I'm also into some things that they said about creativity in this interview. Here is one excerpt that struck a chord for me-
"I think creativity for me would be more like unbounded curiosity or unhindered curiosity. That works across science, math, art, anything. If you’re curious about something, in a way that hasn’t been told to you — I know I keep on saying this, but the idea of first principles. Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea of electricity. If somebody wanted to study electricity or come up with a new way of doing it, they would have to abandon what he did and start over again. That would be fully formed creativity. It’s curiosity about not Ben Franklin’s electricity, but about electricity itself. Basically you have to forget most of what you learned and approach something as if it’s the only time you’ve ever seen it."
improvised cooperation - anton alvarez
I was lucky to catch a glimpse of this workshop in action at boisbuchet this summer.
anton alvarez led his group in an experimental cooperative design process, with a seat being the end product. participants were assigned a material combination to start each seat, then the seat was passed along to the next person, with the next set of materials & so forth. by the end, the seat passed through 6 or 7 hands & 6 or 7 different material combinations. I loved seeing how freeing & playful this experiment (blind-folded splatter painting!) was for the group & the results were awesome.
it reminded me to play more & to experiment with design, letting go of the final idea & allowing the process to take over.
shigeru ban paper tube relief shelters
Probably one of the most inspiring designers I know of & try to learn from; especially with these projects- his paper tube relief shelters constructed in the aftermath of disasters around the world.
Shigeru Ban is a genius humanitarian to me. I only hope to do something 1% as meaningful as this work is someday. Here's to aspirations!
Happy Friday all,
peter marigold - dodai
on the road again
half dome / silver birch
Also, before I leave for the airport...if I had a lot of clams, I'd buy this couch. STAT. Just sayin...