heART and Design : Netflix : ABSTRACT | The Art of Design

Some choose interior design for the glamour. Some wiser ones go for design for the aesthetic pleasure. The wisest ones are those that turn to design for the desire of a balanced ergonomic, beauty, practicality, precision, and empathy on treating a space.

Ilse Crawford is definitely the latter. Her works showcase much thoughtfulness juxtaposed with a sophisticated design flair. Most admirable is her perception of what design is and what it should be. How can she not, having come from Elle? Editing and growing the publication within 71 issues in 9 years.

To all those considering to venture to taking design as a career, please join the industry for the passion, not for the perceived glamour (it is anything but that), or assuming it will be an easy choice (it will prove otherwise).

Netflix’s ABSTRACT | The Art of Design (episode 8) would be a great in-depth look into the field.

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heART and Design: THOMAS HEATHERWICK

“Listen to this music very carefully. This had brought me to tears.” says this guy who sent us out if we talked too much in class; or excluded us in orchestra rehearsals if we didn’t pay as much attention as he required. My mind was searching for the right response to this unsolicited, abrupt confession. How can something essentially non-living move someone so much? If there were words, sure – because words can ultimately kill the heart, isn’t it? But this was an instrumental number.

Several months later, I’d find out missing vowels. Passion.

A few years later, there I was… bawling my eyes out during performances, gasping at crafted objects, and marveling at the complexities that pure talent and passion generate.

However unfortunate, that there are not that much “moving” projects nowadays.

But Thomas Heatherwick is by no means ordinary, neither is he part of the general population. His work elevates him in ways not every man is fortunate enough to achieve.

I have seen his works (albeit most via the web), but having attended his talk the past weekend, and hearing his stories and concepts first-hand was an experience and a learning point beyond what the cyberspace conveys.

Thomas Heatherwick don’t seem to be undaunted by “this vs. that.” His projects merge the specialized zones that the corporate seem to think better subdivided. Strange though it may be, these may be the littlest of objects compared to his architectural work, but these next two creations are by far the most captivating to my artistic soul:

The London Olympic Cauldron.

Heatherwick Studios had tried competing for a larger project but ended up runner up for a couple of times, but this client – the government –  tapped him and asked his assistance to build the Olympic Cauldron. A cauldron? Is it not something the audience barely remembers? And there began the genius machine. Heatherwick Studios, did in fact make the most memorable cauldron in history. It was the biggest secret revealed during the Olympics. Afterwards, it was delivered to the different countries as a token of remembrance.

Let me know if these caused your eyes to involuntarily cascade tears down your cheeks.

Please visit Heatherwick Studios website here.

Happy Tuesday!

heART and Design: Love Affair With the Panton Chair

I had once heard that the heart wants what it wants. If that assumption were true, would it be applicable to my love affair for the Panton Chair?

Truth be told, I have never adored a single piece of furniture (/ART ) as much as I love the this one. In fact, six years ago, I told myself this piece of history would be my first luxury purchase. For the time being, I have cushioned myself on it countless times (in various stores and public spaces) and I never tire of doing so.

In technical terms, Panton chair is formed after the human body and has a cantilevered base. The iconic Verner Panton designed it in the late 1960s- with the assistance of Vitra. Also, it is the first “fully plastic chair made from a single section.”

For the market, it is safe to say, Panton chair’s success is due to its cunning + stunning appeal together with its relentless versatility. From the modern 60s look, to the contemporary eclectic era of the 21st century, it is comparable to a chameleon morphing its way into every scenario it faces. A handful of which portrayed below:

The ultimate example would be its appearance at Bartholomew Church in Eastern bohemia by Maxim Velcovsky.

What more can we ask for from a single piece of furniture?

….What about the kids, you ask?

 

This was set to production almost twelve years ago. Talk about being ahead of the trends.

I guess communities of people are having this love affair along with me after all.

For the mean time, I’d have to satiate my longing with visuals, so I have created a pin board entirely dedicated to this piece of art (and since imitation is a form of flattery, there are some unoriginals included within the board). Enjoy! xx

“Don’t You Ever Wish You Were Someone Else”

I never knew Joey Mcintyre would be someone God uses to speak to me, but time and time He reminds me He works in mysterious and surprising ways.

This may not be entirely accurate of God’s daily love letter, but I hope it also brings you comfort and love.

“Don’t you ever wish
You were someone else
You were meant to be
The way you are exactly
Don’t you ever say
You don’t like the way you are
When you learn to love yourself
You’re better off by far
And I hope you always stay the same
‘Cause there’s nothing ’bout you I would change

I think that you could be
Whatever you wanted to be
If you could realize
All the dreams you have inside
Don’t be afraid
If you got something to say
Just open up your heart
And let it show you the way …” -Dad

[Excerpt from Joey Mcintyre’s “Stay the Same”]

As advised by Jabez, pray everyday to be open to the floodgates of Heaven’s blessings.