An odd but extremely exciting book that I bought for myself is the edition, Mapping The First World War; Battle Fields from the Great Conflict from Above. This is an amazing collection of just maps paired with conflict descriptions ranging from Africa to France, brings you deep into the cartographers art. Favorite drawings are the diagram-like dispatches from the field. The height of clarity and communication.
I have been intrigued by this idea that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert worked side by side at identical desks. This fact is mentioned in many a tour through the epic Osborne House and used in illustrating The Queen and Princes equal relationship but not much actual documentation on how the two desks were conceived. Time for some archive visits….
For Annie’s birthday post I dug up a photo of the great Sir John Soane’s breakfast room. Located in the Sir John Soane’s Museum it is high on my hit list for my London trip. The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture calls Sir John Soane’s Museum “one of the most complex, intricate, and ingenious series of interiors ever conceived”. Sir John Soane was an architect and his home (turned museum) was a laboratory for his spacial and detail experiments. He experimented with flattened domes and top-lit halls, hidden skylights, and most of all mirrors; beautiful proportions prevail. His vast collection of architectural antiquities displayed throughout tell the story of his life and work.
So Happy Birthday to our fearless blog leader Annie! Keep up the good work!
Really intrigued and I have to get there at The Drawing Center this work by chef Ferran Adria. Evidently, a series of sketchbooks that chart his process. This is just so very interesting in light of my last post on Derek Jarman. Are other artist using sketchbooks and we designers losing the habit….?
You may call the expressive works of Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, which so often transform their sites by their occupation, “installations”. Or, like him, you may prefer to think more of their tactile, constructed qualities and call them “sculptures”. But with their command of space, their reliance on the visitor’s interactions, and in some instances their engaging with senses of touch and even smell, it’s certainly safe to call them “immersive”. With the exhibition that just opened Friday at The Guggenheim Bilbao, Neto has brought together some existing pieces, & reworked others for the poetics & monumental interiors of this specific location. What is typical in any case is their open invitation to museum-goers to move up, down, around and through and to bring away a thoroughly visceral, and hence necessarily personal, experience. With “The Body That Carries Me”, the name he’s given to this collection of works is both figuratively and literally apt.
If you can’t make it to Bilbao, the show will move to Aspen in June, where it will no doubt become another body of work, entirely.
Last weekend as we were bracing for more weather, my friend Johannes was building a project – on Facebook! Johannes Knoops shared his blow-by-blow process via the building of a model with us all. The images all had a vaguely Wes Anderson quality, and I found myself waiting for chairs to be painted and customers (small plastic figures) to arrive.
It really was the first time that I felt like the process of putting together an interior project was understood. Johannes showed the custom elements of the project: handmade lights, inventive upholstery, and showed how some things are good enough – the classic Thonet chair. I applaud Johannes’ use of social media to show the world the thoughtfulness and attention to detail that an authentic project requires.