• Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines, and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

    William Strunk Jr. (Strunk and White)
  • freundevonfreunden:

    Totoro by Sasha Ritter and Armand Graham

    New York based designer Sasha Ritter recently collaborated with Armand Graham of TIMBR on a collection of sustainable wood stools & low tables, named Totoro.

    What we really like about this multi-use object and their collab, is that the works are sculpted out of a single piece of silver maple from upstate New York - which would ordinarily be turned into firewood or mulch - using a refurbished robot arm from the auto industry.

    “Historically woodworking has meant working with ones’ hands. It was strange, yet thrilling, to relinquish control to the robot and wait to see what happened.” - Sasha Ritter

    Contact Sasha or Armand for more info.

  • If you find yourself in Columbus, come check out the The Modern Table at the Riffe Gallery.

  • Nice review of The Modern Table with Facecord shout-out in The Columbus Dispatch.

  • Nice review by the Miami Herald of “Against the Grain” and Facecord from MOAFL show.

  • The Modern Table, a furniture show featuring Ohio furniture designers at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus up through Jan 2014

  • Participated in this great event hosted by Casey Droege, MOCA Cleveland, and the Sculpture Center last night (8.17.13). Will try to circle back with a link if one appears.

  • After posting the Castiglioni quote a few weeks back I decided to check out Mon Oncle. These pieces weren’t the greatest examples of the irony he’s alluding to (as they work too well formally for that) but I captured them nevertheless. Always multiple layers with Castiglioni and presumably Tati as well (not as familiar).

  • I think Matthew [Barney] and Will [Oldham] are very similar in one way. They are roughly the same age and, as American males, they have a burden of guilt: Nagasaki guilt, global-warming guilt, the war and the oil and all this heavy stuff. If you are born a girl, you do not have that weight. There are not many girl dictators or executioners or generals. If you are a girl in Iceland, it is all nature and peace. So, I can see that Matthew’s work is essentially about being an American male. Both he and Will have not washed their hands of the problem, they are trying to negotiate it by being more ambiguous, trying to find a different angle on masculinity.

  • Check out my sister’s new book! It’s awesome.

  • We should also focus on being ironic, like Jacques Tati was, and also not being so strict with design, take society as it is.

    Achille Castiglioni
  • If you find yourself in Louisville, Kentucky starting this Saturday June 29 through September 1, 2013, check out The 7 Borders at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. I have work included in this exhibition.

  • The moral of the story: in the inventive paroxysm of our age […], in the anxious need to express oneself even in how a tiny nail is shaped, we have moved so far away from what’s spontaneous […] that the appearance of something that’s only right…simply astonishes people.

    Gio Ponti
  • Let’s get back to the chair-chair, house-houses, to works without labels, without adjectives, to the right things.

    Gio Ponti
  • …the Futurists understood that progress in technology was not going to lead to a new civilization, to new cathedrals, but rather to a sort of permanent carnival, a maelstrom of temporary novelties without a destiny.

    Andrea Branzi