27 June 2008

NEOCON 03: sound and fury, nothing

steelcase drank the car design kool-aid

i was very impressed, at first, by the trendy, colorful, fresh stuff that steelcase had at their exhibit. trendy it was, right on the organic-networked-flexible metaphors. however. timeless and lasting? appropriate for an office setting? geared toward their mostly conservative clients? those marks were missed.

18 June 2008

NEOCON 02: my favorite

yves behar designed this beautiful sofa for hbf. it doesn't scream, it whispers, "comfortable," just like a couch should. i especially like the material and color --- oatmeal? --- and the fold between the bottom and back. it needs a hug.

next to these pieces, i felt like i was in a lakeside cottage here in saugatuck. the colors and shapes recall the dunes. those are my dunes, so it may be no mystery that i would see this couch as, mine. i need to do more work like this --- timeless, fashion-free, and specific to my personal taste and experiences.

15 June 2008


sometimes, some guy from Minnesota comes along and completely changes the game. this is certainly the most incredible (arguably, about the only) concept car i've seen in a long time.

way to take the "skin-stretched-over-muscles" metaphor to another level, Mr. Bangle. it seems strange, then, that the same company would introduce this car:

which somehow pulls off the trick of looking older than the car it's replacing. then again, it is appropriate that sports cars are fresh, and big luxury sedans are conservative.


14 June 2008

Metropolis passage

i found this juicy paragraph in a recent essay in Metropolis:

"We get lost in words, thinking they are the bones of the world, not mere ill-fitting tags. But words, however much we may love and rely on them ... don't always cut it. It is evident that the more dimensions one has at one's disposal, the more information a construction, verbal or physical, can contain. Consider film versus painting, hyperlinked text versus static text, a monograph versus a museum. I'm rattling on here, stringing these words in a row, and the best I can do, squeezing from each a dot of meaning, is to suggest the contour of an idea, from which it is hoped that you, the sympathetic reader, will then manufacture within yourself a specific understanding that matches mine... Writing is a Hail Mary. [Design], working haptically and intellectually all around us, can play a deeper game."

that's fair medicine --- especially for me, i am sometimes captured by words and brainstorming before i dive deep enough into drawing, art. but he is missing the point entirely, i feel. sure, films are more alive than paintings, but that does not mean they are by nature better. truly sublime work is focused, is pure, is not hyperlinked, as the above author would desire.

12 June 2008

NEOCON 01: shiny sex

i need say nothing else. that's. beauty.

i cannot resist shiny things. the evident care in the design and construction of this chair is really admirable. my dad once said that no woman is beautiful without nice teeth. there is, i think, a relationship here:


10 June 2008

jaguar rendering

this is what this blog is for, after all. revisited an old project from the beginning of clay studio, now with an ounce of talent.