Posts Tagged ‘less is more’

Perfect chair

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

When humans apply this much care to designing things, it makes me almost teary. This chair is a life-raft on a tidal wave of mass-produced cynicism. The person who made this chair was doing something so careful it’s almost spiritual.

The designer is German architect Hans Luckhardt (1890-1954), well known for designing steel tube chairs in the 1920s and 30s.

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Concrete planters. What happened? Whither minimalism? Whither design?

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Whatever happened to planters like these two? They may still be in production, but wherever they are still available, and that’s nearly nowhere, they’re civic-sized, weigh 500-1000 pounds, and are out of scale for people’s home gardens. Why? Whither modernism for domestic landscaping? After a golden age of simple, sophisticated design in the 60s and 70s, the commercial design industry is taking us in the direction of cheapness, ornateness, bad nostalgia and the whole philosophy that goes with it.

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