Finally catching up with my RSS. I have been doing a lot of 'mark all as read', but obviously not for today and tomorrow, where I found this gem (funny how 1,000+ unread posts makes you evaluate which blogs you really like). Amazing papercraft heads by Eric Testroete:
Just came across this amazing cardboard 'city' by Ana Serrano. Worth checking out her site to look at the detail pictures. Reminded me of some show from my youth with royalty and a presenter with the Queen's English (can't remember for the life of me what it was called).
Finally made it to the Jeff Koons exhibition at the Serpentine today. As usual, it took me until the last day to see it. A lot is said about the artistic merit, or lack of, of Jeff Koons, but I find his work makes me really happy. That's pretty special. For anyone that missed it, I leave you with some monkeys:
Went to a LS:N Global network evening last week, where they - ahem - considered 'how and why superlative design will be come the key way to target clients and customers in a post-recessionary market'. I'm not sure that this question was answered, but the evening was really stimulating nonetheless. A couple of bits that I'd never really thought about before:
Paul Austin from Made Thought spoke about treating light as a graphical tool when designing shop interiors. I thought that was really well articulated, and after spending a year under the strip lighting of the Adidas Originals store in Covent Garden, I realise how important it is that someone thinks like this.
I always think of design as something that should be functional, but Libby Sellers believed that 'the idea of functionality [had] changed in the 21st century to respond to emotional need'. It's quite mad to get your head around the idea that creating things that don't excel in a function, but a nice validation for the work coming out of design (and justification for the price tags?).
Lastly Sam Hecht , speaking about making things that last, used the term 'commitment-phobia' to describe the culture for disposable goods. He said something like, 'no form of ownership means no form of responsibility'. I like the idea of responsibility for items, which ties into the stuff about patina that Russell Davies wrote about quite eloquently.
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