Tag Archives: design

inside out and outside in.

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 entering the anna scripps whitcomb conservatory

designed by albert kahn and george mason in 1904

on belle isle, in detroit, michigan

you realize what an amazing vision of the world they had

“architecture is not such a knowledge form, but a form of knowledge.”

-bernard tschumi

 

boxes.

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j.l. hudson department store – detroit, michigan

i have always loved boxes

some for nostalgia or beauty

others for their material or design

as my children know

sometimes a box is my favorite part of a present

yes, i have a kept a few or so.

apple – macbook air

“thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society.

we receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.”

-erma bombeck

 

one specialized group are those who save the boxes created by apple and the used boxes are actually for sale on ebay.

 i only recently gave a gift in my macbook air box that i had saved for no reason other than i loved its amazing design.

see the link below for a look into this apple phenomenon:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5bw3b/why-people-keep-empty-apple-iphone-macbook-boxes

melt.

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littlest hands

with

careful touch

make soft-rolled fluffy snowmen

 of whitest peppermint dough.

something’s lost

and

something’s gained

 each time someone new arrives

rising from the sparkly snow.

“we build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.”

-walter scott

simplicity.

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after learning about artist, andy goldsworthy

  the kinders create in his style

finding

building

and finally

leaving it all behind

to return to nature in its own time.

“simplicity is nature’s first step, and the last of art.”

-phillp james bailey

 

 

 

 

 

interlocking.

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a couple of enterprising 5-year olds

create the raised walkway

 many 3s, 4s and 5s

try it out

for quality control 

 offering their suggestions

when

they

or

the boards

fall down

rebuilding as they go.


“in most vital organizations, there is a common bond of interdependence,

mutual interest, interlocking contributions, and simple joy.”
—max depree

cups runneth over.

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lots of cups and lots of ideas

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“building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form.

we should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking,

but all in harmony together.”

-alvar aalto

whatever good things we build end up building us. – jim rohn

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kinders’ fairy castle

they all worked on it

‘for days’ = (2 hours)

used

cardboard

tape

paper

sparkles

markers

coffee cup trays

egg crates

ribbons

imaginations

creativity

problem solving skills

engineering

balance

music

tippy stools

teamwork

laughter

flags

noise

to

create a masterpiece.

now they go inside 

with

 flashlight 

and

books

and 

magically

can read.

a great building must begin with the unmeasurable,

must go through measurable means when it is being designed

and in the end must be unmeasurable.

– louis kahn